From the website:
Marianne Wallace is focused on two things this holiday season:
planning the greatest family Christmas ever and cheering on her
youngest son’s team in their bid for the state championship.
Disaster strikes when the team loses their mascot-the Trout. Is it
going too far to ask her to don the costume? So what if her husband
has also volunteered her to organize the church Christmas tea.
When football playoffs start ramping up, the Christmas tea starts
falling apart. Then, one by one her children tell her they can’t come
home for Christmas.
As life starts to unravel, will Marianne remember the true meaning of the holidays?
My review: The Great Christmas Bowl by Susan May Warren is a heartwarming as well is hilarious novella of a woman trying to juggle many different hats through the holidays. Marianne Wallace brings a whole new meaning to the word enthusiastic. She is a force to be reckoned with and a neighbour I would dearly like to have. Her youngest of 5 children is a senior in High School and the last child living at home. Living in the small northern town of Big Lake, Minnesota, known for it’s strong Norwegian heritage and heavy snows, Marianne decides to shake up a few things this holiday season. It all begins innocently enough and snowballs into her helping out her son’s school football team, Go Trouts, in a way she never thought possible. Add to that her completely changing the course of the church’s historical and traditional Christmas Tea, Marianne Wallace is indeed placing her own mark on Christmas in the small snowy town of Big Lake. Marianne is not the only one. With an overall prevailing theme of love, and the motto, “It’ll work out”, The Great Christmas Bowl makes for a beautiful pre-Christmas read and definitely, for me, a new tradition.
Visit The Great Christmas Bowl website which features a note from the author, fun updates from Big Lake Gazette, info on how to host your own Great Christmas Bowl Tea to
benefit a local ministry or charity and a fun Recipe Exchange contest! Be a part of the Great Christmas Bowl recipe exchange! Susan loves getting recipes from friends, and sharing the delicious cookies, soups, breads and other fun fixings that go with celebrating
the Christmas season. More than that, she loves the crazy stories
about favorite Christmases – serious, touching, funny…whatever. Find
the recipe contest here!
Who is Susan May Warren?
Susan May Warren is the RITA award-winning author of twenty-four
novels with Tyndale, Barbour and Steeple Hill. A four-time Christy
award finalist, a two-time RITA Finalist, she’s also a multi-winner of
the Inspirational Readers Choice award, and the ACFW Book of the Year.
Her larger than life characters and layered plots have won her acclaim
with readers and reviewers alike. A seasoned women’s events and
retreats speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at conferences
around the nation and the author of the beginning writer’s workbook:
From the Inside-Out: discover, create and publish the novel in you!.
She is also the founder of www.MyBookTherapy.com, a story-crafting
service that helps authors discover their voice. Susan makes her home
in northern Minnesota, where she is busy cheering on her two sons in
football, and her daughter in local theater productions (and
desperately missing her college-age son!) A full listing of her
titles, reviews and awards can be found at her website.
My gratitude to Litfuse for including me in this blog tour.