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.