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Home for the Holidays (The Mother-Daughter Book Club #5)

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Join the mother-daughter book club for a holiday season with all the trimmings!

This year, the girls are everywhere but home for the holidays. From a tropical cruise to a ski trip to Switzerland, it promises to be a Christmas to remember. Becca, Megan, Emma, Cassidy, and Jess have plenty of reading material to bring on their trips too, because the book club is tackling the
Kindle Edition, 354 pages
Published (first published October 4th 2011)
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Apr 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
BEST. BOOK. EVER. I am curled up with my Betsy-Tacy Afghan and a box of tissues. Not because the book is sad! Because I am so happy! And a dork, but what can you do??!!

Summary: Loved it. Loved all the BT references. Technically, by adding the 5th girl, I found it harder to follow which girl was narrating each chapter. It would have been helpful to have the narrator's name on the top or bottom of each page, so an easy glance would remind you if Emma or Cassidy or whomever was talking. Also, addin
Alison (AlisonCanRead)
Home for the Holiday is the penultimate book in one of my favorite middle grade series, the Mother Daughter Book Club. We've been with these girls since they were eleven years old. Now they're fifteen turning sixteen. The book club goes on. The club even grew from four daughters to five. Now the girls consist of Emma, Cassie, Jess, Megan, and Becca.

Each book in the series is set during a different year in the girls' lives. In a slight twist, Home for the Holidays took place during the first half
Happy (spread The Word)
I love this book! I love the romance between Darcy and Jess, and between Emma and Stewart, and even between Cassidy and Zach. I love the Holiday spirit, from the tears of joy, and the cry of laughter. I also love that Becca now has her own chapter in the book, and I love that they have now transformed Pies & Prejudice into a real cafe. This book is one of those feel-good books that never gets old! Long live the Mother Daughter Book Club!
Nov 09, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this a lot, but it didn't really do it for me. At first, I couldn't understand why I didn't like it more, because all the references and things the characters loved I love. (Skating, England, Jane Austen and, of course, all things Betsy-Tacy.) I boiled it down to two major objections. First, the voice of each character sounded exactly alike. I had to check who was narrating each chapter multiple times and that was annoying. It's not enough to just have one character who's ...more
Dec 28, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Middle school girls
*** Warning: This review contains spoilers! ***

While all the books of this series have involved boys to some extent, this book seemed to veer away from the "coming of age" gestalt that characterized earlier books and more towards "chick lit". There was just an awful lot about boys in this book, what with Jess and Emma having boyfriends, Cassidy finally being interested in boys, and Becca and Megan fighting over a boy.

Of course, this being the fifth book in the series, I'm already invested in t
Great fun to see the five heroines (and their families!) of this series reading Betsy-Tacy! While it was difficult at times to distinguish between the characters, the author's love of her craft and her appreciation of Maud Hart Lovelace made this book a delight to read.
Christine Marie
Dec 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children's, Historical, Book Lovers, Teen, YA
Recommended to Christine by: daredevil69
Original read dates: April 15th, 2012

4/15/12: Once again, the girls of the Mother-Daughter Book Club astound me! I read this book in one sitting and it was pure enjoyment. My one problem with this book is that it wasn't as good as the previous and I felt it was kind of pushed by her publisher. Definitely not as purely awesome. Also, the plot is now predictable. After all these books, I saw the Secret Santa mix-up from the start. These are really my only complaints. Besides this, this book was ju
Dec 05, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
MAYBE - Anne is reading it.
This is a sold 3 1/2 star book. I didn't LOVE it. I probably wouldn't put it into my daughter's hands...but I enjoyed it.

Let's start with what I liked about it:

*It's set in New England at Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Years. For someone who reads books because of where they are set and when they take place, it really doesn't get much better than that!

*It reads like a Babysitter's Club/Horse Club book and took me right back to the types of books that I flew through whe
Julie Graves
Oct 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2011-reads
Emma, Jess, Cassidy, Megan, Becca and their mothers are all back for a new season of the Mother-Daughter book club. This season the girls and their mothers will be reading the Betsy-Tacy series by Maud Hart Lovelace. Since they will all be in different places for the Holidays they decide that they will celebrate together on New Year's Eve.

The girls have picked names among themselves to be Secret Santa to. As each girl opens their gifts each day they are disappointed in their Secret Santa. It see
Sep 27, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: girls of all ages
This, the 5th installment of The Mother-Daughter Book Club series, covers the fall/winter of the girls' sophomore year in high school.
This time part-time "mean girl" Becca Chadwick lends her narrative to the story. Yes, this girl is a snot. But WHY is she a snot? WHY does she act the way she does? Through her own voice we are given another dimension to the Mother-Daughter Book Club experience.
The book club selection this time around is the "Betsy-Tacy" series by Maud Hart Lovelace. (This is pret
Dec 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Home for the Holidays

By Heather Vogel Frederick

There are 5 main characters, Becca, Megan, Jess, Emma, and Cassidy.

The chapters are in the point of view of a different character and then it repeats. Each chapter ends in a conflict or a resolution with each character.

The themes that I picked out were friendship and love because each characters chapters had either a friendship problem or a love problem. Then it would be resolved by the opposite, like if there was a love problem it would be resolved
Ms. Yingling
In this fifth installment of the Mother-Daughter Book Club series, the girls prepare for Christmas while reading the Maud Hart Lovelace Betsy-Tacy books. While they would all like to recreate the warm family environment of the books, all of the girls have some unheaval in their lives. Cassidy's family may move to California. Megan's British boyfriend breaks up with her. Becca's father is out of work. Jess suffers an injury that prevents her from going on a ski trip. Emma is busy, and all of the ...more
Jan 06, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This Christmas season, join the girls of the mother-daughter book club for a variety of holiday-themed adventures! Becca, Megan, Emma, Cassidy and Jess have plenty of reading material to bring on their trips, too, because the book club is tackling the Betsy-Tacy series before their next meeting on New Year’s Eve.

But unfortunately, nothing goes quite as planned for any of the girls. On a Christmas cruise with their families, Megan and Becca fight over the dashing son of the ship's captain. Cassi
Dec 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
A perfect way to end the year, nicht wahr?

Sometimes the very fact that a book exists is enough to warrant five stars! Here the MDBC reads the wonderful, marvelous, fantastic Betsy-Tacy series (and all before Christmas, so I'm guessing the next installment will be in the Spring of the same year? I guess the girls are getting older too quickly!). My love for the B-T books knows no bounds, so I was automatically going to love this - and I was not disappointed as Heather incorporated our ornament ex
Because I have never read the Betsy/Tacy books, I couldn't delve into the plot lines of this one like I have previous books in "The Mother Daughter Book Club." It also only spans a few weeks, as opposed to a year like the others, I felt it sped along too quickly.

That being said, I enjoy seeing where these characters, these girls find themselves. They are growing up and yet, they remain friends with each other (though not without misunderstandings, but who has ever had a friendship and NOT a misu
Oct 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youth, christmas
Oh my gosh, so charming. The girls, now sophomores in high school, have decided to read the Betsy-Tacy series for their book club. The author hung around with many of the people I know and got everything just right. She pulled my favorite quotes and made my favorite allusions and reading about all of our BT fan traditions (ornament exchange!) was so much fun. And man, I've always wanted to try hosting a progressive dinner. It'd be so much fun.

I think I might have to buy this one. I don't really
Oct 05, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
I really enjoyed the first few books in this series. For some reason, I didn't read the last one, but the only problem I have with this book is that the girls don't feel like sophomores, I still feel like they are 8th graders, and some depth in their characters is missing. That said, I do love some of the characters and I adore Concord, I would so love to live in a place like that. I love a lot of elements but the characters need to grow up more. The only other complaint I have is Mrs. Wong ,ser ...more
Oct 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookclub, ya, holiday
Another great installment in the MDBC series. I read the first four Betsy-Tacy books before reading Home for the Holidays. In the MDBC book, Frederick focuses more on the older books but at least I had a background to the books.
In this season of the book club, it is December. Becca is given her own voice this year, making five different girls telling their part in the book. It did make me like her character more, hearing her side of things. There are a lot of mishaps and misunderstandings, which
Bianca C.
Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Karen Arendt
Absolutely loved it! I was relieved to know that the author had not heard of the Betsy Tacy books as a child, too. I am definitely checking those books out! I found it interesting to read some of the story from Becca's point of view, which by the end of the book, had me rethinking her personality somewhat. Like the addition of book club discussion questions, too! Hope there will be another book in the series!

Even though the girls are sophomores in high school, the story line is perfectly clean f
Earlier this year I was introduced to both the Betsy-Tacy books and to Heather Vogel Frederick's Mother-Daughter Book Club, and I fell in love on both scores. It turns out that HVF too is a BT fan, and this book spectacularly brings both series together. In their sophomore year of high school, the girls of the M-DBC read the Betsy-Tacy series, and the result is classic Maud and classic HVF. At the end of this book there was nothing to do but sigh contentedly and reach for Heaven to Betsy for a l ...more
Apr 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The strongest so far of the Mother-Daughter Book Club books, I count myself a fan. As a devotee of Maud Hart Lovelace and her Betsy-Tacy books (the featured author/books in this installment of the series), I especially enjoyed the many shared literary themes. (*Ahem: if you haven't yet read the Betsy-Tacy books, GO READ THEM!!!*) I also very much enjoyed the inclusion of Becca' perspective--it definitely helped me to feel like she was more a part of the group.
Dec 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It seems I grow up with these books. Half the things they go through, I've been through. It's amazing how many characters I'm like. I'm like Emma and her writing skills (and her name), Jess and her love of animals and singing, and Cassidy with her love of sports. I hope that more of these books are written!
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's like a love letter to the books--and their fans.
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was the best MDBC book yet. I can't believe she added Beccas chapter! It made me ecstatic when I found that out!! Loved it!!!!
Quince Winstyn
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was awesome (like all the others in the series), if "The Mother Daughter Book Club" is not on your to-read list you have got to put it on.
Tina Wilson
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this series...yes, in many ways it is teenage fluff but the literary element makes me feel better about it.
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“Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky, The flying cloud, the frosty light; The year is dying in the night; Ring out wild bells, and let him die. Ring out the old, ring in the new, Ring, happy bells, across the snow; The year is going, let him go; Ring out the false, ring in the true.” 5 likes
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