I just finished Over the Holidays by Sandra Harper.
From the back cover:
The best holiday traditions are meant to be broken.
In between "baking" cinnamon rolls for the school potluck and overbearing Patience testing her patience, Vanessa can't stop thinking about the difficult but charming playwright at work. Meanwhile, Patience's teenage daughter, Libby, obsesses over a college boy she has met by the pool, and Thea searches desperately for the meaning of Christmas -- for her latest installation, of course. As their holiday plans go comically awry, these four women discover the true spirit of the season is hidden in every festive surprise.
When I started this book, I was looking forward to it but unfortunately I was disappointed. I didn't connect with any of the characters. I thought everyone was way too dramatic and too concerned with themselves. The only characters I enjoyed was JT. He seemed like a real, sweet guy.
And I thought there was too much going on with everyone and that the individual plots were too rushed. The feelings between Vanessa and Neil, the playwright, seemed to come out of nowhere. And there were other side stories and flashbacks to the past that just didn't fit. I think that if the story had been one main idea, it would have worked better.
I gave this book a rating of 3/5.
*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free by Sarah from Pocket Book Blog Tours for an honest review.