The O'Malleys of Willow Lane don't know it but they are closing in on an unforgettable Christmas. Marlene insists she loves Christmas. Her husband, Bob, hates Christmas. He wants to cancel their annual Swearing in of the Christmas Tree party, but it's become a Willow Lane tradition. Their far less than perfect family is irresistibly lovable, despite their many foibles. This story will help even the most Scrooge-like reader find a generous helping of Christmas spirit.
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Amazing read!!! This author pulls you right into the story with her effective development of characters and complex family relationships. From page one you live the life of the protagonist and journey with her through life's ups and downs.
Charming novel about the joys and travails of an ordinary and not so ordinary Christmas. The Omalley family lives in north central or north western Pennsylvania, the parents, Marlene and Bob, are getting on in years and starting to wonder about what will happen with their three kids. One son, finally sober after being kicked around by the bottle for many years, lives above their garage and seems fundamentally unable to make a living, though he is a good man and father himself. A daughter lives in Atlanta and is in the midst of a divorce from her philandering husband. Another daughter lives locally, and is pregnant. This is a well told story about the pressures and realities and happiness of a busy family during the holiday season. Big things happen, but they flow from the small events of a life well lived. The lead character Marlene, is particularly well written, and the family events, and the yule tide happenings, all are seen through her eyes. Her love for Christmas, her husband Bob's lack of interest in Christmas, and Marlene's inability to say no her family or anyone else seeking assistance makes for an interesting and challenging dynamic. Highly recommended for fans of Christmas stories and family novels