A Light Holiday Book: The Christmas Grandma Ran Away

Author: Nancy Warren

Publisher: Ambleside Publishing, 2012

Genre: Holiday Story

My Rating: B

Here’s a nice little Christmas story that features a woman my age. Sandy Forbes is a long-time widow, the head of her family. But, after years (fifty-five to be exact) of hosting both Thanksgiving and Christmas, Sandy has finally had enough.

I don’t blame her. It’s not like she has a helping, gracious family. Not one of them helps her. They don’t even brings a side dish or pie. These guys expect her to cook every single dish. They don’t even help with clean up. Honestly, I see why Sandy is upset!!

Finally, Sandy works up the courage to tell her family she’s not going to host Christmas this year. What she really wants is for someone else to step up and offer to host Christmas. But not one of her three sons nor her many cousins comes forward to host.

The whole family gets up-in-arms at Sandy. They start laying on a guilt-trip. She feels the only way to keep from caving in is to go away. So, once she declares her intention, she has to follow through. Sandy arranges take herself out of town.

Sandy manages to have a good time during her out-of-town adventure. There’s even a lovely man, a widower that brings promise of a future relationship.

I know this was just a fun Christmas story, but I couldn’t help myself. I felt compelled to tell Sandy that there was a better way to solve her problem – especially by age 72. A honest and direct family conference with her sons and daughter-in-laws should do the trick. She, obviously, didn’t listen to me. I’d like to know what happened after she got home from her trip. What’s going to happen next year?

This was one of the little stories sold by Amazon, just for Kindle. At 99 cents, it was nice and affordable.


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8 Responses to A Light Holiday Book: The Christmas Grandma Ran Away

  1. Sounds like a fun read for this time of year.

  2. Leela says:

    Wow, this book sounds terrific! I’m glad that you liked it šŸ™‚

  3. Kaye,the sister, Cogdill says:

    Well, I downloaded it also and enjoyed the book….and I also agree that it needed an epilogue that gave us a more realistic ending. Beside Sandy’s need for new adventures, there is also the need to have some type of closure or conflict resolution with a group as important as a family. Certainly if she is brave enough to go out alone for Christmas, then the main character’s personality could face her family group with some humor and logic. (perhaps this is the next book’s follow-up). Al in all, it was a light, fun selection.

  4. Staci says:

    Yep, at 72 she should’ve just told them why she didn’t want to host Christmas but overall it sounds like it was enjoyable and not a total stinker for .99 cents!!

  5. Makes me feel lucky that our daughter hosted us for Thanksgiving!

  6. Audra says:

    Thanks for sharing nice story on this Christmas! This will a good bed-time story.

  7. Laurie C says:

    Sounds cute! I guess the sensible approach to the problem wouldn’t have made such a good story, but I think my mother and mother-in-law could both relate to the desire to run away! šŸ˜‰

  8. Julian says:

    Wow, this book sounds terrific! Iā€™m glad that you liked it šŸ™‚

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