Book Review for EVERGREEN TIDINGS FROM THE BAUMGARTNERS by Gretchen Anthony
EVERGREEN TIDINGS FROM THE BAUMGARTNERS by Gretchen Anthony
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A witty and uniquely heartwarming story filled with family dynamics and the constant desire for maintaining others’ perceptions.
EVERGREEN TIDINGS FROM THE BAUMGARTNERS will take you through a myriad of emotions while making your way through this book. By allowing the reader to have initial perceptions of the characters we meet, Anthony sets us up for some interesting dynamics and feelings about the characters as the story evolves. It is through these layers of family history and personal relationships where this shines.
I have to say that after reading this book, I was so happy I was able to take the time and get to know the Baumgartners. Violet, Cerise, Ed, and all those who interacted with them brought funny, heartfelt, and honest moments to these pages. It is truly a wonderful gift to readers who enjoy reading about quirky families. This is pure entertainment book lovers.
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Dearest loved ones, far and near—evergreen tidings from the Baumgartners!
Violet Baumgartner has opened her annual holiday letter the same way for the past three decades. And this year she’s going to throw her husband, Ed, a truly perfect retirement party, one worthy of memorializing in her upcoming letter. But the event becomes a disaster when, in front of two hundred guests, Violet learns her daughter Cerise has been keeping a shocking secret from her, shattering Violet’s carefully constructed world.
In an epic battle of wills, Violet goes to increasing lengths to wrest back control of her family, infuriating Cerise and snaring their family and friends in a very un-Midwestern, un-Baumgartner gyre of dramatics. And there will be no explaining away the consequences in this year’s Baumgartner holiday letter…
Full of humor, emotion and surprises at every turn, Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners brings to life a remarkable cast of quirky, deeply human characters who must learn to adapt to the unconventional, or else risk losing one another. This is the story of a family falling to pieces—and the unexpected way they put it all back together.
About the Author: GRETCHEN ANTHONY is a Minnesota-based writer and humorist whose work has been featured on scarymommy.com, medium.com and thewritelife.com. She's also spent decades as a ghostwriter and has written for some of the best personal brands in the United States, from CEOs to doctors and start-up superstars to BBQ pros. Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners is her first novel.
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Park Row; Original edition (October 16, 2018)
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