Over the Holidays by Sandra Harper Blog Tour Preview and Review

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About the Book:
The best holiday traditions are meant to be broken.


It’s only December 1, and Vanessa Clayton has been dreading Christmas since she spotted tinseled trees at her local mall in September. Thankfully, she and her husband, JT, can’t afford to drag their twin boys across the country to New England for the annual celebration at her stuffy sister-in-law Patience’s home. Not that Vanessa has prepared a proper Christmas for her family in years, and she has less time than ever since she agreed to consult on the script of a local play. Her older sister, Thea, is no help — she’d rather make art and flirt with surfers than babysit her nine-year-old nephews. Then Patience drops a holiday stress bomb: Her family will come to California instead.


In between “baking” cinnamon rolls for the school potluck and overbearing Patience testing her patience, Vanessa can’t stop thinking about the difficult but charming playwright at work. Meanwhile, Patience’s teenage daughter, Libby, obsesses over a college boy she has met by the pool, and Thea searches desperately for the meaning of Christmas — for her latest installation, of course. As their holiday plans go comically awry, these four women discover the true spirit of the season is hidden in every festive surprise.

About the Author:
Sandra Harper is the author of the play, Magpie’s Tea Room, which enjoyed a successful run in Los Angeles at The Ventura Court Theatre. She has written a cooking column, “The California Cook” for the newspaper, Skirt. A script reader for Pathe Studios and Springcreek Productions, she also wrote and produced fashion and rock videos for Elvis Costello, Chaka Khan and Vidal Sassoon, amonf others. Ms. Harper recieved her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Southern California and has completed a children’s book, The Witches Club.


My Review:
This was an over all good book. I enjoyed getting to know the characters in this witty, exciting holiday read. However, it does have some language but I enjoyed the over all plot and sense of humor that the author used in her characters and I over looked that bit and was able to really get into the book!

Sandra Harper combines laughter with the stress that comes with preparing for the holidays when deciding what to buy, or wear and what to do when the family decides they are going to visit you instead! Each character compliments the other and will have you smiling through the whole book!

I definitely recommend this book as a cute and funny get away over the holidays this year!!!

*Thank you to Simon&Schuster’s PocketBooks for providing the review copy!*

23 October, 2009
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