Join USA TODAY bestselling author Sheila Roberts this Christmas as she returns for the final installment in her treasured Icicle Falls series
When Muriel Sterling released her new book, A Guide to Happy Holidays, she felt like the queen of Christmas. She’s thrilled when the new tree she ordered online arrives and is eager to show it off—until she gets it out of the box and realizes it’s a mangy dud. But rather than give up on the ugly tree, Muriel decides to make a project out of it. As she pretties up her tree, she realizes there’s a lesson to be learned: everything and everyone has potential. Maybe even her old friend Arnie, who’s loved her for years. Except, she’s not the only one seeing Arnie’s potential…
Meanwhile, Muriel’s ugly-tree project has also inspired her friends. Sienna Moreno is trying to bring out the best in the grouchy man next door, who hates noise, hates kids and hates his new neighbors. And while Olivia Claussen would love to send her obnoxious new daughter-in-law packing, she’s adjusting her attitude and trying to discover what her son sees in the girl. If these women can learn to see the beauty in the “ugly trees” in their lives, perhaps this might turn out to be the happiest holiday yet.
Christmas in Icicle Falls is actually the first book I’ve read by Sheila Roberts. So trust me to choose the eleventh and final book in the Life in Icicle Falls series. However, despite arriving in Icicle Falls somewhat late, I’m pleased to say this was a fun and festive feel-good read, set in a friendly close-knit community with one grumpy neighbour.
This book has a good mix of characters. I loved how each chapter began with a snippet of Muriel’s pearls of wisdom, advising on how to be happy during the holidays. A couple of them made me giggle.
I may have only spent a short time in Icicle Falls, but it seems like a wonderful place and community to be a part of.
There is also an added bonus of food recipes from this series at the end of the book, so great for any food lovers out there too.
I did buy three other books by Sheila Roberts in paperback last year. All Christmassy ones , so I’m really looking forward to reading The Snow Globe, Nine Lives of Christmas and On Strike for Christmas at some point.
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