The Christmas Cookie Club by Ann Pearlman
First I want to say a huge THANK YOU to Simon and Schuster Canada for sending me the ARC for this book!
The opening line of this book is pretty good, I have to admit:
I am the head cookie bitch and this is my party.
And the premise for the book is also not bad. Every year a group of twelve diverse women gather to exchange cookies that they bake along with the latest happenings in their lives. As can be expected with this kind of story each woman has something unique to bring to the table like: one has adopted a baby internationally, one has a father who is having an affair with her bestfriend, the narrator, Marnie's daughter is in the last stages of a high-risk pregnancy, that sort of thing.
I enjoyed the recipes at the beginning of each chapter, and I have to admit to the craving of cookies throughout the entire book, but the predictable and wooden dialogue left me stale. I think I have mentioned several times on my blog that I love how an author can give a distinctive voice to each character, and in fact I believe that is one of the many markers of good writing. Unfortunately, to me, every single character sounded the same, despite the authors attempt to give some variation in the word choices or mannerisms in some of the characters.
Although Pearlman gave each character an issue or life circumstance, I really had a hard time caring about any of these women, despite really wanting to.
The Christmas Cookie Club is being made into a film to be seen on television.
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