Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Keeping Christmas

It is the first Tuesday of the month.  Which means it is book release day! There are some wonderful new books out today.  One of them is Be My Banshee by Joyce and Jim Lavene!  They are having a release day party on Facebook.  They are having giveaways (you should check it out)!  I was lucky enough to win a copy of Be My Banshee!

Keeping Christmas by Dan Walsh is his Christmas book for 2015.  Judith Winters is in a funk.  She just experienced her first Thanksgiving without her children or grandchildren.  She is used to having them around, but now they have all moved away.  Judith just found out that none of them will be coming for Christmas.  Her normal tradition for Black Friday is to decorate the house in the morning and the tree in the afternoon (with the help of her children and grandkids).  This year she just does not want to do it.  Her husband spends the day after Thanksgiving fishing for bass with his friend, Barney and then he comes home to a lunch of leftover turkey.  He puts the tree up and gets out the decorations for the tree.  Stan (her husband) then heads to Big Bass Pro to take advantage of the deals (so helpful).  He arrives home at lunch to find none of the decorations up.  He does not understand his wife’s attitude (he actually enjoyed the quiet Thanksgiving).  He proceeds with his plans completely oblivious excited to check out some great equipment that he and Barney would like to get for the new boat they are planning to get.

Judith’s funk is just getting worse.  She feels like her life is meaningless without her family around.  She said that she is not a mother or grandmother anymore (that did not make sense).  Her friend, Betty (Barney’s wife) tries to cheer her up.  Slowly Stan notices that his wife is not improving.  He tries to get her interested in a new hobby, helps her decorate for Christmas, and takes her out to eat.  Betty gets Judith involved in starting a create-an-ornament class for mother and daughters at the local craft store (they sell ornaments and materials).  Stan talks to each of his children to see if they can come home.  None of them have the extra money to pay for airfare.  Stan knows he is going to have to do something drastic to help his wife.

I found Keeping Christmas to be extremely depressing.  This book put me in a funk!  Dan Walsh has a great writing style, but I just did not enjoy the book.  I was hoping there would be a good lesson on getting pasty empty nest syndrome and not relying on your children to define you as a person.  There is a little at the end as Judith tries some techniques she read about in a magazine, but overall I was disappointed with Keeping Christmas.  This book definitely did not put me in the mood for Christmas (I am actually glad Christmas is still a few months away).  The ending was sweet, but it was predictable.  You know what is going to happen from early in the book.

I received a complimentary copy of Keeping Christmas from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  The review and opinions expressed are my won.

I hope you have a lovely Tuesday!  Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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