"We all have our "ugly tree" moments!"
Reviewed by Viki Ferrell
Posted October 20, 2017
Holiday | Women's Fiction
Sienna Moreno and her son Leo have just relocated to Icicle
Falls to start over. Leo has special needs and Sienna needed
to get away from her deadbeat ex-husband. She loves
everything about this quaint little German town, except for
her next door neighbor Bob Cratchett. Mr. Cratchett is a
grumpy old man who complains about everyone and everything
and is always fussing at Sienna or about Leo.
Olivia Claussen owns a bed and breakfast in Icicle Falls.
She finally has all of her family back under her roof. Her
son Brandon has returned home with his new bride Meadow.
Meadow is quite rough around the edges with her language,
and Olivia is having a hard time getting past the tattoos
and piercings and warming up to her.
Muriel Sterling-Whittman orders what she thinks is the
perfect new artificial Christmas tree for the season, but
when it arrives and she opens the box, her tree is far from
perfect. It is down-right ugly! But Muriel is determined she
can make this ugly tree into something very special.
When Muriel holds her annual ladies tea at her home after
Thanksgiving, the compliments abound regarding her new tree.
She explains how she transformed the ugly tree into a
beautiful one. The ladies talk about ugly people they all
have in their lives, and they all make a vow to turn those
people into something beautiful this holiday season. Even
Muriel experiences some ugly moments when she thinks she's
lost an old friend. Will they each be successful?
CHRISTMAS IN ICICLE FALLS is the twelfth book in Sheila
Roberts' Life in
Icicles Falls series. Ms. Roberts has created this
delightful little town located in the northwest corner of
the US where folks are outgoing and friendly and love
stories are magical. She shares a few more of those love
stories in this Christmas edition. Her characters are always
charming, if not a little eccentric at times. We all have
hard times in our lives. It's how we deal with those hard
times that molds and builds our character. This is a story
about seeing potential in people who present themselves as
unlovable. Don't we all have our "ugly tree" moments?
CHRISTMAS IN ICICLE FALLS is another great book to add to
your "to read" list this Christmas with some great recipes
at the end that are mentioned throughout the pages.
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.
What do you think about this review?
1 comment posted.
Re: We all have our "ugly tree" moments!
I love this and the spirit of hope always present I Sheila'
(Kathleen Bylsma 3:40pm October 27)
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