Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Merry Ex-Mas by Sheila Roberts

Cass Wilkes, owner of the Gingerbread Haus bakery, was looking forward to her daughter Danielle's wedding—until Dani announced that she wants her father, Cass's ex, to walk her down the aisle. Seriously? Even worse, it appears that he, his trophy wife and their yappy little dog will be staying with Cass….

Her friend Charlene Albach arrives at their weekly chick-flick night in shock. She's just seen the ghost of Christmas past: her ex-husband, Richard, who left a year ago when he ran off with the hostess from her restaurant, Zelda's. Now the hostess is history and he wants to kiss and make up. Hide the mistletoe!

And bring out the hot buttered rum, because the holidays aren't easy for Ella O'Brien, either. Ella, newly divorced, is still sharing the house with her ex while they wait for the place to sell. The love is gone. Isn't it?

But watch as Christmas brings all kinds of surprises….

Merry Ex-mas, ladies!
My Review: I'm not a huge reader of contemporary romance, but with that darling cover of little gingerbread men and a town named Icicle Falls with shops such as the Gingerbread Haus bakery, I jumped at the chance to read and review this book. At first I assumed it was going to be the story of three women and their exes finding their way back to each other over the holidays, but it was so much more than that. Each divorced couple had a very unique story, one where the ex husband is already remarried and back in town for his daughter's wedding, to the pair living together until their house is sold who can't stop falling into bed with each other, and finally the return of a cheating ex who is hiding a secret while trying to worm his way back into his ex wife's life. The story is told in alternating chapters surrounding Cass, Ella and Charlene's lives, and the transition is seamless; there is no confusion as each ladies' story stands on it's own while at the same time small-town life is perfectly depicted with a close knit group of women who are always there for each other. Highly recommended for lovers of contemporary romance with a Christmas twist.

I received a copy of this book from the author with the request for a review.


Unknown said...

sounds like a lovely holiday read :)

Melissas Eclectic Bookshelf said...

Sounds lie a fun sweet holiday read! Now I want to make gingerbread men!

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer said...

This is on my wishlist, it sounds wonderful.

Brooke Showalter said...

This sounds like a wonderful holiday read!