‘Tis the season of pumpkin spice, apples fresh off the trees, and the chance to open our windows and let the cool air in. While I love that about fall, I also get excited about books moving from the beach to the holidays. Give me a fluffy blanket and a mug of something hot and I’m in heaven.
This debut novel had me in stitches and will be a fun read for you this fall. It is drama mixed with humor, heart, and scenes straight out of a Ben Stiller movie.
While the title might have you thinking this is a straight-up Christmas read, have no fear if that’s not what you’re looking for. It is not holiday centered. The holidays make an appearance but the story focuses on The Baumgartners: matriarch Violet, newly retired patriarch Ed, and their daughter, Cerise, who has a secret she’s been keeping from her parents. Add in friends, lovers, and a weather girl, and you have a recipe for hilarious hijinks.
If you enjoyed This is Where I Leave You or the show Brothers & Sisters starring Sally Field, definitely get yourself a copy of this book. As I was reading, both of those kept popping into my head. So it’s obvious how well this book will translate to screen if given the opportunity. I will save the casting director some time and recommend Kelly Bishop for the role of Violet. She reminded me so much of Emily Gilmore and would just be perfect for this part.
I also loved the articles and letters between chapters. It had a Young Jane Young feel to it and was a fresh break from the main plot line.
My thanks to TLC Book Tours and the publisher for the review copy.
About the author: GRETCHEN ANTHONY is a Minnesota-based writer and humorist whose work has been featured on scarymommy.com, medium.com and thewritelife.com. She’s also spent decades as a ghostwriter and has written for some of the best personal brands in the United States, from CEOs to doctors and start-up superstars to BBQ pros. Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners is her first novel.