Saturday, December 22, 2012

Christmas Book Review: Merry Ex-Mas by Sheila Roberts

This is a cross post from my Christmas blog, The Christmas Spirit.

This book review was supposed to be part of a tour for Pump Up Your Book at the end of November, but due to the issues in my personal life, Dorothy was kind enough to give me more time.  It took me longer than I planned, but I'm finally finished.

My thoughts:
What a book for me to be reading when I'm going through a marital separation myself.  That being said, the book was very entertaining.  I kind of felt that the book implies that a woman can't be happy without a man in her life which I firmly disagree with.  However, it also made some good points about getting along with your ex for the sake of the kids; that it's better for them if the mom and dad can remain friends or, at least, remain civil toward each other.  I most identified with Cass.  I think because she was the one with the kids.  I could really relate to her frustration because I'm already experiencing a bit of that myself.  A lot of her problem it seemed was her in-laws...something I can totally relate to.  I laughed out loud at this quote, "Talk turned to the wedding and they made it to Samantha's without Cass having to stop the car and bitch-slap her ex sister-in-law."  Too funny!
Merry Ex-Mas is a nice, lighthearted holiday read that explores the various situations of women and their ex-husbands. I enjoyed it and especially enjoyed the parts about the food and baking.  Perfect for Christmas time.  There are some nice recipes from Cass at the end of the book.

About the book: Cass Wilkes, owner of the Gingerbread Haus bakery, was looking forward to her daughter Danielle's wedding-until Dani announced that she wants her father, Cass's ex, to walk her down the aisle. Seriously? Her friend Charlene Albach arrives at their weekly chick-flick night in shock. She's just seen the ghost of Christmas past: her ex-husband, Richard, who left a year ago when he ran off with the hostess from her restaurant, Zelda's. Now the hostess is history and he wants to kiss and make up. Hide the mistletoe! And bring out the hot buttered rum, because the holidays aren't easy for Ella O'Brien, either. Ella, newly divorced, is still sharing the house with her ex while they wait for the place to sell. The love is gone. Isn't it?  Merry Ex-mas, ladies!

About the author: Sheila Roberts lives in the Pacific Northwest. She's happily married and has three children.Her books have been printed in several different languages and have been chosen for book clubs such as Doubleday as well as for Readers Digest Condensed books. Her best-selling novel ON STRIKE FOR CHRISTMAS was made into a movie and appeared on the Lifetime Movie Network.

Her novel ANGEL LANE was named one of Amazon's Top Ten Romances for 2009.
When she's not making public appearances or playing with her friends, she can be found writing about those things near and dear to women's hearts: family, friends, and chocolate.

You can visit the author's website at



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  1. Great review Michelle. That was a coincidence, but sometimes things happen that way. It's great that you are using things that have happened to you as a learning experience and having a few giggles occasionally. I can relate to the bitch slapping tee hee.

  2. I had no idea what this one was about...just thought I loved the Christmassy cover! Think I'll skip it now...

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