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Monday, January 10, 2022

Book Round-Up: Belated Christmas Edition

 In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren: This was a cute story about Mae who finds herself reliving the same family Christmas vacation over and over. The Groundhog Day element was dropped fairly quickly, but the rest of the story -- about her budding romance with a childhood friend and her relationships with different family members -- was sweet.

Christmas Pudding and Pigeon Pie by Nancy Mitford: I finally tracked down the much-recommended Christmas Pudding novella, and it lived up to the hype. This satire about English gentry (and wannabe gentry) spending the Christmas season in the country but not knowing what to do without nightclubs and champagne was laugh-out-loud funny. Pigeon Pie is another novella satirizing the wealthy and privileged as they cope with the Phoney War, but it had the bad luck to be published right before WWII started in earnest, making some of the story appear too irreverent. It's hard to laugh at some of the Hitler jokes when we know all too well the atrocities he was committing at the time.

The Christmas Bookshop by Jenny Colgan: Colgan has a thing for women reinventing themselves by selling books in Scotland, and I am here for it. This was a delightful book with a lovely romance and an even lovelier rapprochement between sisters (and nieces). I have now added Edinburgh to my list of places to visit.

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