Three women face three very different holiday challenges in the short story collection Scenes from a Holiday. In Laurie Graf's "The Eight Dates of Hanukkah," events planner Nicki Heller isn't certain how her boyfriend Mark fits into her hectic life. After a head injury, Nicki goes into a coma, where she celebrates Hanukkah over and over, with a different nightmare date each time. This scare might be just what Nicki needs to realize what's keeping her and Mark apart. New Year's resolutions are easy to make, but not so easy to keep in Caren Lissner's "Carrie Pilby's New Year's Resolution." Geeky Carrie is a genius, except in social settings, so her resolution to meet someone just like herself is accompanied by all the tactical planning and orchestration of an invasion. Fortunately, she has her good friend Kara to help her along the way. Christmas takes center stage in Melanie Murray's "Emma Townsend Saves Christmas." Emma is a confirmed Manhattanite, but family traditions pull at her one more time. When she goes home to the country for the holidays, however, Jeff's on her mind even though he's left behind. Copyright 2005 BookPage Reviews.
Library Journal Reviews 2005 October #2
Three Red Dress Ink authors come together for stories of Hanukkah, New Year's Eve, and a country Christmas. In Graff's"The Eight Dates of Hanukkah," events planner Nicki suffers a blow to the head and finds herself trapped in a "Hanukkoma"-an endless loop inside her mind in which each day of Hanukkah brings her a new date from hell. Will she wake up and take stock of the good things in her real life? In "Carrie Pilby's New Year's Resolution," the quirky title character from Caren Lissner's debut novel (Carrie Pilby) is back, determined to peek out from her shell. And in Melanie Murray's "Emma Townsend Saves Christmas," big-city lawyer Emma is stuck at her parents' farm in Vermont for Christmas. Things begin to look up, however, when she discovers that her high school crush still lives in town. Purchase for your chick-lit readers. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.