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Merry Ex-Mas (Life in Icicle Falls #2)

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  829 Ratings  ·  165 Reviews

Cass Wilkes, owner of the Gingerbread Haus bakery, was looking forward to her daughter Danielle's wedding--until Dani announced that she wants her father, Cass's ex, to walk her down the aisle. Seriously? Even worse, it appears that he, his trophy wife and their yappy little dog will be staying with Cass....
Her friend Charlene Albach arrives at their weekly chick-flick ni
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Published November 1st 2012 by Mira Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Oct 18, 2012 Ian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars

Three divorced women face a difficult Christmas.

Cass's daughter is getting married and she wants her father to walk her down the aisle. The same man who has been an absentee father for more than a decade. When he swoops in with his check book and his young and beautiful wife, Cass faces feelings of jealousy and inadequacy.

Ella is living in the same house with her ex-husband. She wants to just sell the house and get on with her life but is struggling with her feelings for a man she sti
1) Ok, so Cass, with the daughter getting married, surprise, 3 weeks to plan! First, tell your daughter that with 3 weeks to plan, THERE WILL BE COMPROMISES, and also the budget isn't what it could be because THREE WEEKS TO PLAN. Second, slap your bratty daughter across the face the first time she complains that you can't make a wedding appear out of your ass. Third, if you can't afford a wedding and your evil rich ex-husband can, then FREAKING TALK TO HIM and don't bitch both when he doesn't an ...more
Angela Holland
Dec 05, 2013 Angela Holland rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have not read the first Icicle Falls book yet but it is not stop me from reading this one nor did I feel lost. As with the other two books I have read of Sheila's so far I enjoyed this one as well. There were times I did not want to put it down, times I got mad at a character because they would not wake-up so to speak, and even found myself smiling at something that happened in the story. Sheila has a way a writing that you feel at home in the town and with the characters she is writing about ...more
Nov 14, 2012 Kaye rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Icicle Falls, Washington, is home to three divorced women; talented strong women in their own right. They've all been hurt by their ex-husbands but are now moving on. Well, for the most part moving on.

Ella, who was sure her husband Jake was cheating on her, jumped into divorcing him. He's still living in their house for financial reasons. He's hoping to make his big break into Nashville with his songwriting. Ella's sure she just wants their house to sell so they can move on. She's even starting
Gail Hollingsworth
If you love small town America, especially at Christmas, you'll truly love reading Merry Ex-Mas. Set in the fictional town of Icicle Falls, this story follows 3 women and their interactions with Ex-husbands during the Christmas season. Cass is the town baker and she is planning her daughters Christmas wedding, baking her wedding cake and housing her Ex-husband and his new young bride because all the hotels are booked. Her friend Charlene is dealing with her Ex back in town wanting to get back to ...more
Nov 13, 2013 April rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imagine spending the festive holiday season with someone you despise – or at least thought you despised – you Ex-husband. Ummm, not so fun. That is what Cass Wilkes, Charlene Albach and Ella O’Brien find themselves dealing with this season. Each woman’s story is very different, however, and their close friendship is a soothing and healing balm as each works through their personal demons to find that light at the end of the dying, dead Christmas tree tunnel.

Sheila Roberts has long since been one
Dec 08, 2012 Heidi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
For three women in Icicle Falls, the holiday season isn't exactly starting out with a strong dose of holiday cheer and love. Cass' Thanksgiving starts with her daughter's announcement that she is engaged and planning to have her wedding on Christmas Day. Dani's hastened nuptials mean that guests may not find accommodations in the small town, and the last thing Cass wants is to have her ex-husband and his new bimbo wife staying at her home. Charley has put the pieces of her life back together aft ...more
Donna McBroom-Theriot
The minute I read the title of the book, I knew it had to be a great book. Merry Ex-Mas? I wasn’t disappointed. Having long been a fan of Ms. Roberts, I expected no less than a great story and she delivered it - on a Christmas Platter.

“Once in a while, if a woman is really lucky, the perfect day she envisioned turns out to be just that.”

What I liked about the book? I loved the town’s name – Icicle Falls. And, just as you’d expect, the places in the town follow suit, Gingerbread Haus Bakery, Ze
Marcia  Haskell
"Christmas in Icicle Falls... Between Yuletide traditions, winter sports and mistletoe hanging everywhere, Christmas is the best time of year in Icicle Falls, Washington. But this year it's not so merry-for three of its residents, anyway.

Cass Wilkes, owner of the Gingerbread Haus bakery, was looking forward to her daughter, Danielle's, wedding...until Dani announced that she wants her father, Cass's ex, to walk her down the aisle. Seriously? And, since every B and B is full, it looks like he, h
Hsiau Wei
This book tell the story of three women; Charlie, Cass and Ella who is besties in life who is struggling with their own personal matters. Charlie is separated from her husband when she found him having an affairs with her previous restaurant manager found that her husband is back in her life albeit "forcefully" asking for her forgiveness and another chance. Cass' daughter is getting married and wanted her Daddy to walk her down the aisle which Cass found a little too hard to take in given that h ...more
Nov 16, 2012 Lynn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: women
I chose this book because I have enjoyed Shelia Roberts in the past and this was a Christmas book, but it had too many negative characters for me to really enjoy it. The book centers around a group of women friends. Cass is long divorced, but forced to deal with her ex because their daughter is suddenly getting married. Charley is recently divorced, but her ex suddenly wants her back, and Ella is also recently divorced, but living in the same house with her ex until they can sell it. There was w ...more
Merry Ex-Mas was the first book I have ever read by Sheila Roberts. From other reviews I have read, this will probably be my last. Three different stories and characters all connected in one novel. Too confusing, and I felt that none of the characters were fully developed. Plus, they were annoying! However, I did love the Christmas theme. I think reading the first book in the series before this one might have helped me.

Go Cards! L1C4!

Sep 27, 2013 Gail rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the people in Icicle Falls. The book was a fast paced and enjoyable read. It had a few twists and turns in it that I hadn't expected. I loved the video on UTube and I can relate to Jake's problems. I loved the ending and can't wait for spring for the next book in the series. Thanks again Sheila for a wonderful book.
This is an amazing book. One that you will want to read every Christmas. Sheila has a way of telling it like it is. She will make you laugh and make you cry. You can never go w
David Bailey
Dec 14, 2014 David Bailey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Summer in a Small Town" is an introduction to the "Icycles Falls" series. The second book is "Better than Chocolate". "Merry Ex-Mas" is the third book in the "Icycles Fall" series. Be sure to read these in order, or at least read "Summer in a Small Town" first. The first book gives important background--more about the persons in "Merry Ex-Mas" Than "Better than Chocolate". I look forward to further "Icycles Falls" books. The next book is scheduled for release in mid-2013.

I loved "Better than "C
Teena in Toronto
'Tis the Christmas season and Cass, Charley and Ella are having issues with their exes. Cass's daughter, Dani, is announces her engagement and their plans to get married right away. That means Cass has to help pull the wedding together within weeks. Icicle Falls is a small town and there's just so many places to stay ... so Cass begrudgingly will have to find room for Dani's father (Cass' ex-husband), Mason, his new young wife, Babette and their yappy dog at her house.

Charley owned a restaurant
Shelly Hammond
I love it. It's just that simple. I love it. I decided to read it during my Christmas in July reading and now I need to have all the books in the entire series simply because I love this one so much.

I'm a bit of an airhead at times (at many times lately it seems, yay getting older!) and didn't realize this book was actually the second book in the "Life in Icicle Falls" series but it was all good. I was able to read it just fine and get right into the book, the town, and the characters without an
Dec 02, 2012 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This was a pretty good read. The only comment that I would make is that there were so many characters; I couldn't keep track of who was who and who they belonged with. But don't let that keep you from reading it. I love that I picked this book out to read during the Christmas season!
This was mainly set up to be a part of a series, which left me feeling as if the story wasn't over. And not in a series sort of way, more in a... well, that left me feeling unfulfilled sort of way.
This book has three women who are dealing with exes during the holiday season. One's daughter is getting married and wants her father to walk her down the aisle. Another's husband has just shown up in town and a third is living with her husband until the house sells. Each lady would have been better se
Dec 09, 2012 Alanna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Blah, very predictable! The characters are extremely hard to relate to and they are annoying!!!! Only reason I gave 2 stars is because of Christmas timing!
Kim Spanhook
Jun 26, 2014 Kim Spanhook rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book written by Sheila Roberts gives the reader a wonderful description of Icicle Falls. What a quaint little town! The characters are so fun with a story line that flows smoothly between them. The way the author lets the reader into the thoughts of the characters makes the book so funny. I can so relate to what the characters true thoughts are especially during the holidays!!!! The way she makes the dreaded Christmas celebration with the EX so humorous and yet keeps it so meaningful is gre ...more
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Eh. Portrayed a nasty sterotype of divorced women. Not everyone who is divorced is a bitter shrew; but these women were. Egads.
Sep 06, 2015 Laeti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Curieusement, le résumé ne parle que de Cassie. Alors certes, le livre commence avec elle mais il est également beaucoup axé sur son amie Ella, et ensuite Charley. Pour moi c'est donc plus l'histoire de plusieurs amies (il n'y a pas que ces trois là) et de leurs joies et déboires à l'approche de Noël.
Il y a Cassie et le mariage express de sa fille qui inclut donc d'héberger son ex, Ella en plein divorce qui doit cohabiter avec Jake en attendant de vendre leur maison, Charley qui tient un resto
Nov 19, 2012 Mason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Holidays and weddings are special times for family and friends. But what’s a woman to do when her exs are included in all the festive events?

It seems Christmas is both a joyous and sad time for three ladies in Icicle Falls. As their past and present collide in humorous and life-altering ways.

Cass Wilkes, owner of the Gingerbread Haus bakery, is busy preparing for Christmas and her daughter Danielle’s unexpected wedding. She’s thrown for a loop when she learns Danielle has asked her father, Cass’
Susan Shearer
Sep 30, 2013 Susan Shearer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Merry Ex-Mas started out slow for me. I lost track of characters and storyline,(but that could have been caused by the fact that I read at night and could only read one chapter, then fell asleep.) When I finally decided to read, I couldn't put it down! I stayed up ALL night to read it!
The characters became my 'friends' and I wanted to know what happened to them. Each character was related to the others in some form, usually friendship or divorce. I wanted to slap Cass at times (actually most of
Bj Gaskill
Nov 07, 2012 Bj Gaskill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Never have I ever read a book with so much drama and loved it!

When the title reads "Merry Ex-Mas", you had better be prepared for the exes! I loved how Ms. Roberts flowed from one "ex" to the other so seamlessly.Never staying to long with one "ex" to forget where you were at with the other...Perfect spacing!!!!

I have to give credit to Cass as one of my favorite characters....I honestly would never...ever...ever have agreed to let my "ex" stay with me...I mean W
Ruth Hill
Dec 24, 2013 Ruth Hill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, e-books
What a perfect romance for this holiday season! This is the kind of book that you can curl up with and enjoy in front of a roaring fire and have a Hot Chocolate (with peppermint Schnapps--read the book, you'll understand why!). Imagine having your ex come back into your life during the holidays. That is exactly what happens for Charley, Cass, and Ella, Each one has their own story, and the ending just may surprise you. The ride is filled with humor and the true meaning of family.

There's no way I
Dec 30, 2013 Dottie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This heartwarming contemporary tale is a Recommended Read! Taken from my review at

Thanksgiving started out so nice for Cassie Wilkes, owner of the Gingerbread Haus Bakery, but then as her daughter Dani provided something she was thankful for, everything went downhill. Cassie is overjoyed that her daughter is getting married, but the news that Cassie’s ex-husband, Mason, will be walking Dani down the aisle upsets her. The whole time the children were growing up, Mason never ha
Nov 20, 2013 Carla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
******** This is a First Reads **** Thank You Goodreads ***

Welcome to Icicle Falls, Washington. Small town Northwest, postcard perfect - except when you look into some of the lives of the residents. Unfortunately, a few have been badly burned and hurt by cupid's arrow and ended up with some divorces and exes in the mix. The holiday season has just begun, Thanksgiving begins the book and sometimes you have to look deep for what you are thankful for, better or worse.
Cass Wilkes is planning her dau
Jul 13, 2013 Book rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
A romance category novel about ex-husbands. Interesting. Sheila Roberts also never concentrates only on one couple. I still don't know why I'm still reading this series. It's good to see some continuity of characters however. Overall this on my favorite in the series to date. Disclaimer: I received Better Than Chocolate from the Tell Harlequin reader panel.

Ellla O'Brien is sharing the house with her newly ex-husband while trying to sell it. Cass Wilkes, owner of the bakery, is dealing with her d
Nov 13, 2012 Kathleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Welcome back to Icicle Falls, Washington!

In this second book of the Life in Icicle Falls series, the reader returns to picturesque Icicle Falls, Washington and is reintroduced to the quirky townspeople that they met in the first book of the series, Better Than Chocolate. Merry Ex-Mas tells the story of three divorced women: Cass Wilkes, Charlene Albach and Ella O'Brien, and how they each deal with their ex-husbands over the Christmas holiday.

Cass's daughter Danielle is getting married the weeken
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Sheila Roberts lives on a lake in the Pacific Northwest. She’s happily married and has three children. Her books have been best-sellers, Amazon top ten romance picks, and her popular holiday novel, "On Strike for Christmas" was made into a movie for the Lifetime channel. When she’s not speaking to women’s groups or at conferences she can be found writing about those things near and dear to women’s ...more
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