By Amy Gettinger
Genre: Chick-lit/ Women’s Fiction/ Sweet Romance
Age category: Adult
Release Date: November 18, 2017
It’s Christmas in Orange County, California, and the mall is full of purple peacock decorations, large and small. Department store employee Aracely Martinez has a goofy Cuban friend, Quito (who’s awfully cute in his mall Santa suit), distracting her from her night-shift restocking job. But Aracely has a long-held secret, which her supervisor at the store, Jacob Thinnes, is holding over her head to make her do his bidding.
Which is too much bidding.
Enter Aracely’s oldest friends: Alice Chalmers, Georgette Jones and Julie Bowers. The group’s “Venus Warrior” bond from the 2003 production of The Venus Monologues at Garden Beach Community College is still very strong, and these women are ready, willing, and able to kick some butt to help Aracely out of her difficult bind. Join Aracely’s “Three Wise Women” plus her ever-present trickster hunk, Quito, in one adventure after another as they work against the odds to give Aracely a fabulous, nearly impossible Christmas gift: the life of her dreams.
My review: It was the week before Thanksgiving, and Aracely Martinez was juggling school work and holiday jobs. Not only did she need spending money for Christmas, but she was also hoping the start up a business in Santa Ana.
You instantly feel for Aracely as she works and struggles. Like most of us, she’s doing the best that she can with what little she’s got. The girl definitely had ganas—a strong and resilient character. I liked that this story had Latino characters. It certainly made them relatable with their witty and frank dialogue. It’s a little lengthy at times and the stereotypes can be a little much, especially when they’re not that funny.
As the caption on the cover states, “I’m dreaming of a Green (Card) Christmas.” Since most of these characters are Latino, they have little funds to achieve their dreams in one lifetime, much less during the holidays. But with the help of The Three Wise Women (Aracely’s friends,) they will help our struggling character to not give up on her dream.
Overall, this was a pretty good read.
My rating: 3 stars
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About the Author:
Amy Gettinger, once a community college ESL instructor, now writes novels and reader’s theater plays and coaches Reader’s Theater for Seniors. She’s a member of the Los Angeles Poets and Writers Collective. She lives in Orange County, California underneath a eucalyptus windrow full of parrots and crows. For fun, she walks the local beach cliff path with her husband and dogs--and thinks up perfectly ridiculous characters and crimes to write about.
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