|The Great Christmas Bowl by Susan May Warren|
(Tyndale House, 2009)
Review by Carrie Fancett Pagels
This is the review I posted on CBD:
I would strongly suggest that you pick up a copy of this book and hide somewhere and read it without interruption. A great read! This will get you into the Christmas spirit and help you focus on the real reason for the season. Ms. Warren has a great author's voice and a wonderful style. A good example of why she is an award-winning author. I was trying to stay away from the CBD box where this book was waiting but I grabbed it and stayed up late and read this book all the way through. Order it now!
I loved this book and would re-read it. The setting is great because it is in what I call the “frozen tundra” of northern Minnesota. A place where football is almost a religion. No, that would be hockey, sorry! Susan May Warren is an unabashed football freak with an almost empty nest. This wonderful and funny book makes me wonder if it is somewhat autobiographical.
I loved loved loved the trout costume that the heroine, a mother whose family seems to have left her hanging in the wind, ends up wearing when the gentleman who is the mascot is unable to continue his duties. Susie totally captures the fanaticism for sports and the “feel” of living up north. I felt like I had gone home for Christmas when I read this (instead of being in bed very ill unable to go to the grocery store much less travel anywhere.) And if you are dealing with “church ladies” who overstep their bounds and the staff who interprets your “maybe” as “YES!!!! I WILL DO IT ALL!!!” then you will recognize some of the characters in this book. I ended up mailing this to a bunch of people I enjoyed it so much.
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