Friday, December 28, 2007

On Stirke for Christmas - Sheila Roberts

Rating: 4 Tell a Friend over a Derby pie (ääää)
Pages: 352

Synopsis (from
At Christmastime, it seems as though a woman’s work is never done. Trimming the tree, mailing the cards, schlepping to the mall, the endless wrapping—bah humbug! So this year, Joy and Laura and the rest of their knitting group decide to go on strike. If their husbands and families want a nice holiday—filled with parties, decorations, and presents—well, they’ll just have to do it themselves. The boycott soon takes on a life of its own when a reporter picks up the story and more women join in. But as Christmas Day approaches, Joy, Laura, and their husbands confront larger issues in their marriages and discover that a little holiday magic is exactly what they need to come together. Sheila Roberts gives the best gift of all in this funny, heartwarming novel that touches the very core of Christmas spirit.
I enjoyed this book, but I don't think I would recommend reading it at Christmas time. I could really relate to the women in the book and how much women do versus the men. My house is no exception. So I think reading this book during Christmas made me very dissatisfied with my husband's participation in our family activities -- the planning and grunt work. I have thought about going on strike for a while - though my strikes are never successful. But in the book the husbands did get an appreciation for their wives and how much they did, but not without a lot of pain. But the women also learned lessons on not having to go all out and how they affect their children. It was a good book, but don't worry if you aren't reading it around Christmas! Plus there are recipes in the back of the book! Always a bonus!!

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