Tuesday, December 1, 2009

(94) One Week In December by Holly Chamberlain

Well. At the bookstore, Holly Chamberlain may be located on the same shelf as Diane Chamberlain, but her writing leaves a lot to be desired.

I love Christmas stories. Shocking news, I know. But, I was sadly disappointed in One Week In December. The main character, Becca, is selfish and one dimensional. I know the author wrote her that way so that the cliche transformation at the end would be more defined, but instead it was a lackluster attempt at best.

Let me back up. Becca Rowen is on the corporate fast track. Her world revolves around work. She has very little in the way of a social life or friends. She works. And that is it. Over the last year, she has come to the conclusion that she will confront her family about the role they played in the event that shaped her life. Is it a good idea? Probably not, but Becca is bound and determined to make sure that her family rights the perceived wrongs. Merry Christmas to all, right?

I really wanted to like this book. I mean it IS a Christmas story after all. But Becca is not a likable, or even a sympathetic character. The rest of the family, while not selfish, they really aren't likable. I fully admit to skimming the last thirty pages, just because I wanted to see if she goes through the threats or not.

With some proper tweaking, One Week In December might make a decent Lifetime movie, but skip the book. It just isn't worth the time.


Shon said...

That's disappointing! I wanted to read this one. It looks good from the book description.

Charlotte's Web of Books said...

I agree, Shon. I was pretty disappointed, too.

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