Sunday, December 20, 2015

Advent Reads Day 20: Survival of the Christmas Spirit by Aimee Horton

Synopsis: "“Why the hell did I think cooking for nineteen people would be a good idea?”

It's Christmas and Dottie Harris is planning the biggest and best celebration ever, especially as she's planning to announce the news of her third pregnancy to her family.

But as always, nothing runs smoothly for Dottie, and it's not long before her two gruesome children, hapless husband and a nasty case of morning sickness are playing havoc with her carefully planned spreadsheets.

Can Dottie throw the perfect family Christmas (without so much as a swig of gin to help her through!) or will her burned pigs in blankets and her sister-in-law throwing up in the loo leave a bad taste in everyone’s mouth?"

My Review: This was a very short story but quite comical with everything that could and does go wrong. It also has a seasonal sentimental side with how everyone can come together and still make a less than perfect dinner one for the memory bank. I definitely could relate and sympathize with Dottie as she has to juggle kids, last minute store runs, extra guests to plan for and a meal to prepare.
My Rating: This was a fun but brief story, I enjoyed it and am even thinking about finding the rest of the series if they are all quick reads like this one. I give it a rating of Three Paws.


  1. Ha ha! She sounds like me. Always taking on too much. Looks cute.

    1. LOL don't we all?! It was a nice comic relief to the stress of hosting the holiday dinner.