By Sheila Roberts
Published October 30, 2007
3.5 out of 5 Stars
At Christmastime, it seems as though a woman's work is never done. Trimming the tree, mailing the cards, schlepping to the mall, the endless wrapping--bah humbug! So this year, Joy and Laura and the rest of their knitting group decide to go on strike. If their husbands and families want a nice holiday--filled with parties, decorations, and presents--well, they'll just have to do it themselves. The boycott soon takes on a life of its own when a reporter picks up the story and more women join in. But as Christmas Day approaches, Joy, Laura, and their husbands confront larger issues in their marriages and discover that a little holiday magic is exactly what they need to come together.
I could really identify with some of the characters in the story and the relationship they had with their husbands. I am lucky in that my husband does help when we have parties with cleaning and food preparation. But, with Christmas related items, I really do 90% of it. I shared the story with him and told him he was lucky I didn't go on strike! Ha! Ha!
This book is a good read anytime of year, but especially around Christmas for that gentle reminder that what is really important is being together with those you love....and maybe a few cookies to share!
There was a Made for TV movie shown on Lifetime based on the book and is available on Netflix that I plan to rent. Roberts also made a follow-up short story called A VERY HOLLY CHRISTMAS that picks up at the Christmas following the strike. It is only basically one chapter ,but it is available for FREE on Kindle.
I liked Sheila Roberts's easy, light read and would like to check out some of her other novels.