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35 starsDid I enjoy this book I did enjoy This Book I Happy book I happy stories They put me in a good mood They make me happy This book made me happyThe Christmas Women was a sweet story I iked the romance the friendship the show for the retired teacher who touched so many Nobody Else lives I enjoyed the suspense It was a fun read Was it predictable Yes But that s okay I don t mind that when I m reading storiesike this And it did remind me of White Christmas a tiny bit mainly the show for the retired

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I felt some of the characters actions and thoughts weren t uite realistic enough for me But those things did not affect my enjoyment at all I kept reading The Christmas Women and I didn t want to put it down until it was overWould I recommend it If you What She Really Wants for Christmas (Harlequin Blaze like happily ever after Christmas stories then you will enjoy this bookDisclosure I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest reviewhttpeveryfreechancecom201410ch Title The Christmas WomenAuthor Elyse DouglasPublisher E DReviewed By Arlena DeanRating 45ReviewThe Christmas Women by Elyse DouglasBook DescriptionWhen 38 year old Trudie Parksearns that her high school drama teacher is seriously ill she immediately contacts her two best friends in high school Kristen and Mary Ann Together they d been known as The Christmas Girls They d produced and starred in the annual high school Christmas show which their teacher Mrs Childs had directed Determined to show their Protecting Holly love for Mrs Childs they plan a 20 year reunion to recreate the Christmas show for her What they don t anticipate is the complicated emotions this provokes as former sweethearts appear and rekindle romance painful memories and the sting of unrealized dreams All three women must reassess theirives and their friendships while struggling to produce the show even while Mrs Childs seems to grow weaker by the dayAs Christmas Eve approaches The Christmas Women prepare for an event that will take them and the audience to the farthest reaches of the human heart and resonate throughout the rest of their Unexpected Bride (The Wedding Party, livesWhat Iiked about the readThis was uite a interesting story of three women who had been childhood friends and were known as The Christmas Girls now twenty years Introducing Archaeology, Second Edition later are back together again in their hometown due to a teacher Mrs Childs who is ill Trudie Kristen and Mary Ann have come back to perform their Christmas show This will turn out to be some reunion where alumnus and their families Many old feelings will come about as they put together this Christmas show as there will be some twist and turns going on With saying that I will stop here and say pick up The Christmas Women to see how this is presented by this author to the reader From the read you will see how good this story is especially during the Christmas holidays and how these threeadies were able to come together to give a excellent successful production for their teacher In the end you will be given a wonderful Christmas story Would I recommend YES This is a real feel good Christmas story Trudie discovers that her old High School drama teacher is seriously ill and decides that with her friends she should put on a Christmas show for her It turns into a 20 year reunion for her classmates and we get to The Best Man (Alpha Men, learn about them in the preceding years and back into the present It fills you with the magic of Christmas and the feeling in a small town with all the ex students coming together to plan a special show for their teacherWe go through their dreams for the future friction between certain characters and romance The characters are really well drawn and you get to know them and get drawn into the preparation and anticipation for the Christmas Eve showWith many thanks to Net Galley for a copy of the book to review I wouldike to thank Net Galley and the authorpublisher Elyse Douglas for a free copy of The Christmas Women in exchange for an honest reviewI really enjoyed The Christmas Women I Poetry Man love reading thrillers but I will often take a break andook for a good iterary or women s fiction book to enjoy When I saw this novel on Net Galley I jumped at the chance to read it and I was not disappointed This is the story of Trudie Parks a dental hygienist who get the idea of resurrecting a Christmas show from her high school days of 20 years previous in honor of her high school drama teacher who is very ill with cancer Ultimately about 40 50 students from Trudie s graduation class gather to pull off the Herculean task of putting on the show The event brings back 20 year old memories to those who participate eading several to reevaluate their current ives There are a number of things to ike about The Christmas Women Ms Douglas does When 38 year old Trudie Parks earns that her high school drama teacher is seriously ill she immediately contacts her two best friends in high school Kristen and Mary Ann Together they'd been known as The Christmas Girls They'd produced and starred in the annual high school Christmas show which their teacher Mrs Childs ,
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Insecurities romance and dre It s sweet for the most part predictable and smacks of The Music Man White Christmas and Grease In short which it is at just 219 pages it s a nice book to read before the holiday season A friend here at Goodreads recommended it just as I was ooking for something to counter the effects of a heavy handed war action thriller and when I Mischief 24/7 (Sunshine Girls, learned it s free with my Kindle Unlimited membership I downloaded it immediately the regular price is 299When Trudie Parks a former student of retired high school drama teacher Myrna Childsearns that her beloved teacher may have terminal cancer she contacts two of her best friends from way back then Trudie is 38 unmarried and The Subtle Beauty living in herate father s house The three all stars of the annual Childs directed Christmas show at the time were so close that they were dubbed The Christmas Girls although they ve since scattered to other parts of the country and rarely see each other Moved to do something to honor their former teacher the three decide to recreate the show 20 years after the fact As they contact the classmates who were involved in the original production to bring about a reenactment they come face to face with old rivalries old dreams and big surprise old romances Will they manage to pull it all together deal with their ghosts from the past and stage a smashing show And given their teacher s weakening condition can they do it in timeAs I implied at the outset there aren t many big surprises here not that there s anything wrong with that And I admit to feeling special connections as I read along To begin with the setting is a small town called Deer Lake Ohio just south of Columbus As an almost ifelong Buckeye who grew up not far from our wonderful capital city I ve never heard of Deer Lake although Deer Creek State Park is in the approximate area But the subject matter struck close to home as well both my husband a retired high school English teacher and our daughter a middle school anguage arts teacher have been heavily involved in high school play production our daughter still is For years we ve When Da Silva Breaks the Rules (Blood Brothers, lived through all the excitementast minute glitches personality clashes and anticipation of opening nights and not a few of the classmates in this book including the hometown clown turned well known Hollywood actor resonated in my own memory bank I know firsthand how much work time and frazzled nerves are involved and I also know that no matter how apprehensive teacher directors may be on opening night parents grandparents and friends will know for certain that the students they came to see are nothing short of Bing Crosby Shirley Jones John Travolta or Olivia Newton JohnAll that said it was an enjoyable read for me I do however have one tiny nit to pick At one point the author says one of the classmates eft to attend Perdue Unless he secretly was taking classes in chicken plucking I suspect he really went to Purdue University in West Lafayette Indiana where the overall undergraduate engineering programs are ranked 9th nationally I ve read Elyse Douglas before her previous book The Christmas Town was a great read I was ooking forward to The Christmas Women expecting a good story with great characterization and ots of warm fuzzy feelings And Douglas definitely deliveredThe Christmas Women was such A Sweet Story It sweet story It tugged at my heartstrings and made me augh and cry sometimes at the same time I Caught on Camera with the CEO loved that the main characters want to honor their teacher in such a huge way Speaking of the characters Douglas did a great job with the characterization Ioved each main character for their different personalities They were realistically flawed and all uite ikable THE CAST OF CHARACTERS AND THEIR ANTICS WAS MY cast of characters and their antics was my aspect of this bookThe conflict resolution was perfect for the story I iked the way Douglas tied up all of the characters stories not in a too perfect kind of way but in a realistic yet still happy way The Christmas Women was a great read and it s sure to put you in the Christmas spirit I really enjoyed this sweet story and ook forward to reading from Elyse Douglas Given To Me For An Honest ReviewElyse Douglas book The Christmas Women is a must read It is about three former childhood friends who come back together after finding out is a must read It is about three former childhood friends who come back together after finding out a former teacher of theirs is very ill They decide to have a twenty year reunion and re create the Christmas show that they had done years before There are many twists and turns Old feeling and painful memories come back As you turn the pages you find which ending happens Happy Sad I gave this book 5 stars but it does deserve I highly recommend this book to everyone I ook forward to from Elyse Douglas. Ss their Enchanting Baby (The Birth Place lives and their friendships while struggling to produce the show even while Mrs Childs seems to grow weaker by the day As Christmas Eve approaches The Christmas Women prepare for an event that will take them and the audience to the farthest reaches of the human heart and resonate throughout the rest of theiriv. Midsummer Night (Lady Julia Grey, looking for an excellent feel good book for Christmas time I plan to check out other titles by Elyse Douglas Ioved this book I waited a bit to read it because I wanted to read it during the Christmas time and I am so glad I did While this would be a great read anytime of the year it was fantastic to read it and enjoy the bits about Christmas plays carols the spirit moving everyone to help others etcThe three women were extremely easy to relate to They all had regrets or thoughts that I think all women reflect on even men perhaps as they reach different parts of their Always You life What ifs if onlys etc as we see ourife go one way or the other I Wild at Heart (Sons of Chance, loved the struggle that each character faced within family friends and their past as they worked to move past it to get to where they wanted to be and to help someone they admired andoved from their past Mrs Childsoh my goodness what a wonderful character and fully developed part of the story Everyone should be so Lucy Carmichael lucky to have a teacher who has that type of impact on during and after school Myeast favorite woman was Kristen and the reason is because the writing and development of her character was so on point that I just wanted to kick her I mean not making up her mind being selfish etc seemed to be her mo the ENTIRE storynot just high school but then she finds a way to make me ike even her at the end of the story Seriously though the route she takes in this story is so convoluted and I oved it I went from not One-Click Buy liking her toiking her to hating her to Redeeming Claire loving her to onlyiking her No other character had me so torn about my opinion on themThe men of this storyoh the menhow fantastic was it that these men were realistic and not over the top They helped make this story feel Return to Willow Lake (Lakeshore Chronicles like it could happen and that the everyday romance andove could exist My favorite was how all the men found a way to address what went wrong or where everyone veered in high school to fix the relationships Jon and his role in this story was complex and made him one of my favorites At times I Fractured Memory laughed at his audacity gasped at his callousness cringed when I thought he responded a certain way to Trudie near the end and wanted to applaud when he helped make the ending of this book so fantastic This was an easy and immensely enjoyable read I did read it in one night but it also has impressed me with how often I have thought about the main story the side stories and its characters since I finished it a few days ago I would recommend this book and author to anyoneooking for a Case for Seduction (The Hamiltons: Laws of Love light holiday readFull review at wwwmeghanvarnerblogspotcom As I read the author s biography I was surprised to read that Elyse Douglas is actually a husbandwife writing team I had already written the review in my head but when I read this my thoughts started to wander and I began thinking of the story in an entirely different wayThroughout the story which involves a Christmas high school reunion there is the usual high school drama that seems to unfold no matter how old we get I tend to think it uite easy to picture a woman writing about all of the melodrama but now thinking of a man collaborating on it the story takes on a different spin I enjoyed reading The Christmas Women The storyline was interesting and the writing was good There was friendship and romance humor and otherwise The story will have youaughing and then crying Even though the Christmas season has passed it would still be a great book to read I am giving The Christmas Women five stars I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review Trudie Parks is one of the Christmas Girls from her high school drama group She finds out that her favorite teacher Mrs Childs is very ill and immediately calls the other Christmas Girls that she hasn t seen since high school They get together and stage the play that Mrs Childs directed for their school play 20 years earlier The 20 years disappear and it is if they are back in high school with all its. Ad directed Determined to show their Make-Believe Family love for Mrs Childs they plan a 20 year reunion to recreate the Christmas show for her What they don't anticipate is the complicated emotions this provokes as former sweethearts appear and rekindle romance painful memories and the sting of unrealized dreams All three women must reasse.