Friday, October 30, 2009
170 - The Christmas Cookie Club; Ann Pearlman
(Prologue)...."I AM THE HEAD COOKIE bitch and this is my party. The Christmas Cookie Club is always on the first Monday of December. Mark it on your calendar. Twelve of us gather, and thirteen dozen cookies wrapped in packages. Home-made, of course. We bring a dish to pass around and a bottle of wine".......
The Christmas Cookie Club, is a tradition started some sixteen years earlier. Marnie (the head cookie bitch) and eleven of her closest friends, have kept this tradition going. The friends share how they met, their joys, their struggles, their disappointments, and more. They laugh together and cry together. Their stories are told in twelve alternating chapters, each of which includes a tasty sounding Christmas cookie recipe for readers to try.
My Thoughts: Certainly the message in this story is not a new one: close friends help each other through tough times, and are there to share the good times as well. Personally, I've read a few too many stories about friendship over the years. None of the characters were memorable or even the least bit endearing. I did enjoy the recipes, and I do see how some readers who enjoy light fiction, might think this was a great holiday read. For me, there just wasn't enough depth to the story, and you never really get to know any of the women. I understand that CBS Films has picked up the movie rights, and a sequel to this book is in the works as well. If you are looking for a quick, light holiday read, and enjoy stories about friendship, give this one a try.
(This book was sent to me for review by Simon and Schuster).