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Pressure Cooker Christmas Paperback – November 8, 2017
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This is a well told story about the pressures and realities and happiness of a busy family during the holiday season. Big things happen, but they flow from the small events of a life well lived. The lead character Marlene, is particularly well written, and the family events, and the yule tide happenings, all are seen through her eyes. Her love for Christmas, her husband Bob's lack of interest in Christmas, and Marlene's inability to say no her family or anyone else seeking assistance makes for an interesting and challenging dynamic.
Highly recommended for fans of Christmas stories and family novels
Marlene O'Malley is a working wife, mother, daughter, and grandmother. There is husband Bob who is a self-confessed curmudgeon. There are adult children: two daughters and a son and their respective mates and children, as well as a sprinkle of great grandparents. Each adds their own flavor of stress and complications. From a pending divorce to a wedding to addiction recovery to unforeseen accidents, Marlene maintains her cool under pressure. She strives to maintain a schedule that will enable her to celebrate the holiday with family the traditions that make it so special. It's a juggling act we all try to sustain, but Marlene offers an example of how to do so with humor. It's not the funny ha-ha kind, but there's plenty of good humor that supports loved ones and friends with flexibility, grace and dependability.
This is a feel-good book and highly recommended as a realistic window on a contemporary woman trying to do it all.
by Diane Stanton
for Story Circle Book Reviews
reviewing books by, for, and about women
Poor Mom. She works too hard keeping her family traditions going while Dad hides in the basement. But why is she hiding? And why is Mom clinging to the past? We learn a great deal in the Christmas letter she will never send and even more as we meet her son living over the garage, and her daughter estranged from her husband. We all know that life is complex, and sometimes the holidays amplify that. And other times there are miracles. What happens here? You’ll have to read the book to find out.
In well-crafted prose, author Ann McCauley creates a life-like story filled with surprises, help, and faith that things can improve. The writing flows and I found myself reading the whole book in two days. If you are inundated with holiday expectations and family problems that don’t quit, take a break and read how someone else handles it all. McCauley, who has several other books out, including Runaway Grandma, will give you a romp through pressure and chaos that belong to someone else. Women who celebrate Christmas with family should not miss this book.