Book Review: Merry Hanukkah by Debby Caruso

Published: 18/09/2018
132 pages
Format: Kindle edition

Meet Rhonda, a semi-neurotic ad agent and Christmas fanatic, who decides she’s going to make a fabulous Hanukkah celebration for her new husband James and his family. In the midst of trying to create the perfect day, Rhonda meets with
various roadblocks: a hostile mother-in-law who takes the joy out of any day, recipes she can’t seem to master, a looming work deadline that’s sure to do her in, as well as an intrinsic belief that somehow the holidays are about something more…and that the “perfect” day isn’t always what it seems.
Merry Hanukkah is for all those celebrating both Hanukkah and Christmas, and for the Holiday Junkie in all of us. It’s a hilarious journey revealing the truth of what we value the most: faith, family, friendship, and love.

9781732519015-mediumJust in time as we come to terms with summer finishing and say goodbye to sun warmed air, Debby Caruso brings us something that gets our excitement going again. Merry Hanukkah brings out in us this Christmas (or Hanukkah) fuzzy feeling and let’s be honest, it’s never too early for that 🙂

Big congratulations to publication of this funny, uplifting and so so real-feel story. Story which connects two very different families and creates this crazy chaos, full of funny events and unexpected revelations.

Rhonda doesn’t feel welcome in her new family. James, her husband, comes from Jewish family and that brings out this idea that not only Christmas should be celebrated holiday, now Hanukkah becomes part of it too. She goes to any lengths to pull this very unusual celebration off and it won’t go without stress and drama as it happens in most of families. No one seems to care enough and Rhonda is pushing herself despite other 100 things she needs to do, just to create this perfect day. But there isn’t such a thing, it seems. Everything starts to fall apart and we realize what really matters and it is not the perfect meal, decorations or a ‘Hanukkah’ playlist.

The second book, I’ve read by Debby Caruso and it didn’t disappoint. Characters and dialogues are real and very easy to connect to. Although it was shorter and different type of the book as the first one, it was really enjoyable and humor just added to how easy and uplifting read it was. I can absolutely recommend it to anyone who needs a bit of excitement about winter season already 🙂


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