The Christmas Cookie Club
Every year at Christmastime, Marnie and her twelve closest girlfriends gather in the evening with batches of beautifully wrapped homemade cookies. Everyone has to bring a dessert and a bottle of wine, but this year, it’s their stories that are especially important. Marnie’s oldest daughter has a risky pregnancy. Jeannie’s father is having an affair with her best friend. Ta...more
Every year, on the first Monday in December twelve women get together to share cookies, recipes and stories. The past year has been very eventful for many of the members. Some express joy, others sadness, and one the terrible loss of a son. They listen, laugh and cry. Their bond strengthens each of the women as they get ready to move on to another year and look forward to another Cookie Club meeting.
I loved the format. Each chapter highlights one of th ...more
However, it's a fun quick read and does get one in the christmas and baking spirit! ...more
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 n ...more
Even though each chapter is supposed to be about the woman presenting the cookies, it isn't ...more
There are several new ladies joining the group this year. Marnie can not wait to visit with her friends, share memories, eat food, and of course munching on cookies. The only thing that would make this day per ...more
The parts I disliked most were the telling of each persons history, the narrator always got side tracked and started telling her story again. This is a non-Christian based book but yet when difficulty entered into someones life they ...more
While I enjoyed hearing all of the women's stories I thought it might have been better if the club were smaller since only ...more
This c ...more
Marnie has quite a group of ladies that surround her. From a new co-grandma to a friend from high school, she gather ...more
I liked the idea behind the book, a group of close friends (12) who meet every year before Christmas to exchange cookies. It seems idyllic to me, and quaint. I love the idea of having such a close group of friends like that, there for you, growing with you through the years. (Its hard when you -read I- move around so much, it seems almost like a fairy tale to me.)
The writing was a little sloppy, and it reads like maybe ...more
1-The story is told about 12 women but only one woman tells that story. Somehow she is part of everything in everyone's life. Also, while she would be describing something important in another woman's life, she would wander into her own life and make it all about her. It was quite annoying.
2- I can't even count how many times she mentioned the little wine glass ornaments that distinguish whi ...more
This book concerns Marnie and eleven of her closest friends who form a cookie club. The book leads the reader through stories about Marnie meeting these friends and the hardships and problems they experience as well as some of their happier moments. Their problems will appear extreme in some situations, it's hard to believe someone could have that much bad luck!
The characters are all very likable, they appear warm and friendly. Their camaraderie is eviden ...more
The parts I really enjoyed:
* Love the great recipes that head each chapter! I plan to make quite a few batches this holiday season.
* Marnie, the main character and head cookie bitch, came through really well. Very nicely characterized, she seems very real, rounded out, someone who would have a flock of friends in real life.
* I liked that the story showed problems and triumphs for each charater, and ...more
I didn't have high expectations for this book but enjoyed some parts of it. Each of the chapters starts with a different ingredient and an detailed description of its history. It then gives a recipe for each of the cookies made and then gives the womans story.
I liked the idea of an annual cookie exchange with the same 12 friends. I liked the "rules" of the cookie club- reminded me of my book club. I loved ...more
The rest of the book just didn't hold my interest like I had hoped. The storyline sounded great. But it just wasn't what i had expected. There were t ...more
During the meeting, lots of secrets are revealed that shock the friends to the core. Marnie is waiting to hear from her pregnant daughter Sky about whether the baby is viable, Charlene is still struggling to get over the de ...more
I was sad at the amount of infidelity that occurred in marriages. These women live in a very different world than most of the people I interact with. I need to get out even MORE so I can embrace these kind of women and shine LIGHT into their worlds.
The confusion and warped philosophy about relationships and religion reminded me how truly blessed I am to live in my peaceful little faith-filled home.
I thought it was i ...more
Not only is this an awesome read, the storyline is based on a real story and will hopefully inspire others to start their own ...more