4 out of 5 Stars
I won this awesome book through a giveaway on Jennie Reads.Thanks so much to Jennie and Debby, THIS IS THE FIRST THING I’VE WON!!
Meet Rhonda, a semi-neurotic ad agent and Christmas fanatic,
who decides she’s going to make a fabulous Hanukkah
celebration for her new husband James and his family.
In the midst of trying to create the perfect day, Rhonda meets with
various roadblocks: a hostile mother-in-law who takes the joy out of
any day, recipes she can’t seem to master, a looming work deadline
that’s sure to do her in, as well as an intrinsic belief that somehow the
holidays are about something more…and that the “perfect” day isn’t
always what it seems.
Merry Hanukkah is for all those celebrating both Hanukkah and
Christmas, and for the Holiday Junkie in all of us. It’s a hilarious
journey revealing the truth of what we value the most: faith, family,
friendship, and love.
I had to read this book since, beyond me winning a copy (YAY ME!!) Everyone ALWAYS THINKS I’M JEWISH! ….It’s a long story. Ok, so really it’s a long nose. Ha ha! My friend’s very Jewish mom likes to say all the time that with my nose and my mannerisms, I’m the daughter she was always meant to have. I STILL don’t know if I should take that as a compliment?
Debby…. have you been stalking my Holidays?? Because, I swear readers, this was FRIGHTENINGLY ACCURATE! The stress, the hard work… the token melt down… and the eventual love (or, in some cases, the year that you don’t talk to someone until the next holiday and hope they’ve buried the hatchet by that point!)
I loved the fact that this story ends “happily” but realistically. There are problems that are solved, but they aren’t necessarily tied up with a big red bow. There is the feeling that the characters will have to continue to work on things in the future, but that they are WILLING to work on it. And, THAT’S REAL LIFE!! Everything doesn’t just solve itself neat and tidy!
I LOVE UNCLE BEN!! I don’t know if any of you have seen the movie”While you were sleeping”, but I absolutely could not stop picturing Saul
He is the sweet, yet sassy man who holds the family together. He’s the voice of reason, but, at the same time I get the impression that he could also be the one to rile everyone up if it suited his entertainment and fancy! He was definitely the deepest and most well rounded character of the book and you will all completely fall in love with him.
The entire premise of the book was just right of the Holidays, no matter what you celebrate. It reminds us all that sometimes you just need to let things happen as they will happen. Trying too hard can sometimes just make everything worse!
I definitely recommend this book, and Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to all!
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Debby Caruso is a writer of all things: novels, plays, short stories, screenplays, poems…and sometimes even a Hallmark card!
Merry Hanukkah is Best Served with a Toasted Almond Cocktail
- 2oz Amaretto
- 2oz Kahula
- 2oz Cream
- Put all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice
- Shake until chilled
- Strain into cocktail glass of fresh ice