by Jane Green

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In this witty, deeply honest tale of married life, New York Times bestselling author Jane Green delves into the heart of the holidays—and the winter of one woman’s discontent . . .
Just when she’d sworn off men for good, Sarah Evans met Eddie. Sarah was a magazine editor, living in Manhattan, and loving her life—except for the heartbreaks. A successful real estate developer, Eddie was a breath of fresh air, a meeting of minds—and bodies. Soon came wedded bliss, baby number one—and the proverbial move to the suburbs . . .
You just sit there like a slob while I do all the work. Nine years later, this is increasingly what goes through Sarah’s mind when she looks at Evan, propped in front of the TV with a beer, ignoring their two children. The truth is, she misses her old life. She misses the old Eddie. She can’t help wondering if she’d be happier alone . . .
When Eddie’s job sends him to Chicago indefinitely, Sarah shocks him by suggesting a trial separation. But she knows it’s just a precursor to divorce—even if Eddie chooses to think of it as a “vacation.” Yet a lot can change—on both sides—as time goes by. And once Christmas arrives, Sarah and Eddie might re-discover gifts they’d forgotten they had . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781420151268
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 10/29/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 83
Sales rank: 6,546
File size: 343 KB

About the Author

Jane Green is the author of nineteen novels, including seventeen New York Times Bestsellers, one cookbook, and various short stories. She is published in over 25 languages, and has over ten million books in print worldwide. She has been part of the ABC News team, has had her own radio show on BBC Radio London, and has made regular appearances on TV and radio. She contributes to a number of newspapers and magazines, and has a weekly column in The Lady magazine, England’s longest running weekly magazine.
A graduate of the International Culinary Institute in New York, Green is an avid cook, amateur decorator, and passionate gardener. She also now runs the Jane Green Book Club, and is a storyteller for The Moth. A resident of Westport, Connecticut, she lives there with her husband, a small menagerie of animals, and (too) many children. Visit her at


Westport, Connecticut

Date of Birth:

May 31, 1968

Place of Birth:

London, England


"Managed to drop out of Fine Art Degree at University."

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This Christmas 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
JamieS 8 days ago
Not necessarily a Christmas story, but Christmas does come into play. Sarah & Eddie have been married 9 year and have two kids and seem to be in a rut. Neither one of theme is happy but they don't talk about it and resent towards Eddie seems to be increasing on Sarah's part. When Eddie's job send him to Chicago, Sarah is relieved and see this as the beginning of the end and Eddie, not wanting to think that way, thinks of it as a vacation. Time apart changes how they both feel about each other and they start to discover that what they wanted may have been right there all along. This was a super quick one sitting read--not her normal book but a quick read that has a happy ending! Thank you NetGalley for an e-arc in exchange for an honest review!
Booksheartwine 9 days ago
Sarah is a former publicist who seemed to have it all—a handsome and successful husband, two adorable kids, and a life in the suburbs outside New York. But life has changed for this married mother. Her husband Eddie, is no longer the thoughtful partner he once was and doesn’t engage with the family. Her life has taken a quick departure from career success to refereeing arguments between her two kids. The story reaches a turning point when Eddie agrees to take a job in Chicago, and Sarah proposes a trial separation. Neither Sarah and Eddie are happy and it seems that something needs a change—a vacation is needed...a vacation from their normal life. I’ve been a fan of Jane Green books, and was thrilled to see another hit the shelves. I felt that this didn’t disappoint. I recommend this fun and quick read that also managed to touch on a topic that few too women talk about—the changes in life as we get older and raise families.
Renwarsreads 9 days ago
This book about a couple who have become very unhappy in their marriage and try a separation (Vacation). This book was much shorter than I expected and it was cute to read about how they dealt with their separation. I liked it and it was a positive story for the Christmas season.
Zach_B 13 days ago
Vacation by Jane Green was a good, easy, read. This is a very true to life story of a 10 year marriage at a crossroads. Sarah and Eddie live in the suburbs where they are raising their two children. Eddie works increasingly long hours in the city while Sarah takes care of the house and the children, and slowly becomes more resentful of Eddie’s time away. When Eddie is offered a new position in Chicago, Sarah decides this is the time to make the break. What the couple find out is that they have both contributed to the state of their marriage and gain new perspectives. I liked that, though they separate, there is no infidelity. After making some personal changes, they again, bring the best of themselves to each other and their marriage. Of course, it would have been better if they could have done this without separating but then there would t be the conflict needed for the storyline, right? Overall, a very good story from one of my favorite authors. Thank you to Netgalley and the Publisher for an advanced copy for an honest review. #netgalley #vacation
Anonymous 17 days ago
Bummer that the book was so short and predictable. Not the usual Jane Green read!
Dianne57 21 days ago
Unfortunately, this book is being misdescribed in that it is an 83-page NOVELLA and not a complete book. As of this review, both Amazon and Goodreads have incorrect information on this book. The original novella is found in the book: This Christmas. For the most part, I merely like Ms. Greens' writing. It keeps me reading and amused. Nothing earth-shattering about any of her books -just good, reliable, dependable, and entertaining reading. And this novella is no different! It is an amusing story of a woman who gets to that part of her life where she just starts questioning almost everything. Most of us have been at that point one time or another. The big thing she is questioning is her husband, and because of that, they decide to take a little vacation from their marriage. Now the husband is questioning their marriage but in a good way. There is a small issue at the end where we seem to skip a few steps, but nothing major. I also have an issue with British writer's not doing their homework when writing a book set in the United States and using BritSpeak in place of Americanisms. All in all, an excellent novella that is heartwarming, amusing, and just perfect when you need a quick read. *ARC supplied by the publisher.
marongm8 21 days ago
This book was received as an ARC from Kensington Books - Zebra in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. I am a huge fan of Jane Green and her work. My two favorite books of all time are Swapping Lives and The Other Woman because of the brilliant approach she takes on relationships and makes them so colorful that makes the reader learn something new. In the case of Vacation, Sarah and Eddie seem to have lost their magic touch in their relationship and when Eddie through his job gets the opportunity to be in Chicago indefinitely, Sarah suggests a temporary separation a.k.a. Vacation. During the time apart and with Christmas coming up, Sarah and Eddie rediscover the gifts they never thought they had just in time for the holiday season. I could not put this book down and I categorize these types of books and Hallmark Books/Chick Flick books and everyone needs a book like this every now and then. We will consider adding this title to our Romance collection at our library. This is why we give this book 5 stars.
Irenes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Includes a cute follow-up to The Wife of Reilly in this book of short stories.
marcyjill on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I received this book from LibraryThing's Early Reviewer program, but it isn't exactly an early review since the book came out a few years ago. I guess this is a reprint. Anyway, "This Christmas" is a collection of 3 "feel good" holiday short stories. Each story is entertaining and enjoyable and I would have liked it if they were three complete novels. I've read most of Jane Green's novels, and her story "Vacation" lived up to her usual standard of funny, but real stories. It tells the story of a couple who have grown apart and are on the verge of divorce. Being that it is Jane Green, you know the story comes to an uplifting ending.The second story, "The Second Wife of Reilly" by Jennifer Coburn was good, but my least favorite of the three. I felt like there was a lot going on that I had somehow missed. When I finished and realized it was kind of an afterward to Jennifer Coburn's novel, "The Wife of Reilly" it made more sense and made me want to read that full novel. The third story, "Mistletoe and Holly" was my favorite. I could easily see it becoming a holiday movie. It was real and funny and romantic in all the right places. I would absolutely like to read more from Liz Ireland. Overall the collection makes for nice, relaxing holiday reading when you need a few moments to relax.
JanRex on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nice variety of short romantic stories with Christmas as the uniting theme.
madforbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When I requested this book from the early reviewers program I did not notice there were stories by authors in addition to Jane Green. Therefore, I was disappointed to find Ms Green's story so short as I have enjoyed her longer novels. The story in this book did not correspond in style to what I have read of her writing previously. This offering was pure fluff and even the holiday setting didn't make it more interesting or appealing. Unfortunantly, the same can be said of the other two holiday tales. My advice is to save your time and skip this book.
booksandbutter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much. I always like her novels and will read more of her in the future.
cyncie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
dissed1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This Christmas is a fun collection of holiday-based love stories by authors Jane Green, Jennifer Coburn and Liz Ireland. These ladies know their business and show it well in each of these surprising stories. Vacation, by Green, is the tale of a couple at odds with each other and the pressures of a stale relationship. Frustrated and fed up, Sarah forces Eddie into a separation, but each learns the value of their marriage, and changes are made, before coming to a final decision about their future.The Second Wife of Reilly, written by Coburn, tells the story of a young widowed mother, embarking on a second marriage. Sarah's relationship with Reilly seems picture-perfect, so why is she so concerned that his ex-wife will try to win him back? Sarah and her pals come up with an outrageous plan to find her a new love, before she realizes what she's lost. It's a humourous story, but affecting too, as Sarah delves deeper into her past to find the real reasons for her worries.The compilation's final chapter, Mistletoe and Holly, authored by Ireland, is pure entertainment. Holly has a handsome, successful boyfriend to take home to her family for Christmas, but things aren't quite what they seem once she arrives. Ireland keeps her reader guessing until the very end: will Holly make a stand to keep her model man or listen to reason and follow her old friend, Isaac down lover's lane?I found all three stories truly fresh and enjoyable. Though they are old stories, repackaged to prompt interest in other works by these authors, they've lost nothing in the transition. Highly recommended for a cozy holiday weekend.
KarenHorvath on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I usually love Jane Green, but all of the stories in this book are downers. During the holidays, I want something heartwarming, not stories about bad marriages. The cover is misleading, it looks like a Christmas card. They could Title this "This Christmas:You will be depressed"
magst on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not their best effort! I was really unhappy with this book. I normally love anything that Jane Green has participated in, but this book just did not live up to my standards.
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I picked this book up because it seemed like a nice read for the holidays. The first book by Jane Green was very enjoyable and refreshing. I was disappointed when the story ended and it left me wanting more. The second book I skipped over because of the weird story line. I gave it a chance by reading the first couple pages but I wasn't interested in a story about getting her husbands ex-wife a new husband. The third book was okay but very predictable. I was hoping for a Christmas story but the story took place in the year her family wasn't celebrating Christmas. I will definitely be looking into reading more of Jane Green's books.
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oknsoff More than 1 year ago
This is a book of three short novels plus previews of another novel by each author. I loved the first book by Jane Green. It was very enjoyable and nice Christmas read. The second one was, frankly, weird. It was largely the irrational ravings of a someone clearly in need of therapy. The story line was too far fetched and I just kept wondering when it was going to be over. The last one wasn't the 2nd best of the three. However, the ending was pretty predictable. Some of the characters were not well developed at all - unrealistic. I didn't want it to be over, but it wasn't as good as the first one. It's a good way to be introduced to these authors and overall a quick holiday read. But, it only left me wanting more Jane Green.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
¿Vacation¿ by Jane Green. Manhattan realtor Sarah feels her spouse Eddie is a stranger even after eight years together and two children. She rarely remembers the happy moments that they shared as she believes their two children who she loves have nuked their relationship. At the same time Eddie finds his self-esteem on empty. Deciding to separate, this looks like the last Christmas that Sarah and Eddie will remain married barring a Yuletide miracle. --- ¿The Second Wife of Reilly¿ by Jennifer Coburn. When Prudence went to Ann Arbor for a reunion she had a weekend fling with her college lover and ended her marriage to Reilly, but feeling guilty as her husband did nothing wrong, she searches for a new spouse for him. Six months later second wife Sarah decides to insure wacky Prudence stays out of their lives by turning the tables and searching for a husband for the first wife. --- ¿Mistletoe and Holly¿ by Liz Ireland. Holly loves spending Christmas with her family, but afterward feels lonely as her two sisters and brother always have someone with them before, during, and after. This year Holly takes Jason with her, but as the days go by she has doubts as he fits in very nicely with her picture perfect family while she does not and even under the mistletoe her mind wanders back to work. --- These are three well written comedic family dramas that are fun frolics for sub-genre readers however any vacation time could have been the setting as the Christmas holiday gala is not essential to these three fine novellas. --- Harriet Klausner