Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners by Gretchen Anthony

Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners

A formidable matriarch learns the hard way that no family is perfect in this witty, sparkling debut novelDearest loved ones, far and near--evergreen tidings from the Baumgartners!Violet Baumgartner has opened her annual holiday letter the same way for the past three decades. And this year she's going to throw her husband, Ed, a truly perfect retirement party, one worthy of memorializing in her upcoming letter. But the event becomes a disaster whe...

Details Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners

TitleEvergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners
Release DateOct 16th, 2018
PublisherPark Row
GenreFiction, Holiday, Womens Fiction, Christmas

Reviews Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners

  • Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
    Every family has one of ‘those’ relatives…that aunt that is the center of all things or the uncle that dominates all conversations. And wouldn’t it be wonderful if they ever learned the lesson that the universe doesn’t actually revolve only around them? Well, this comedic sitcom like novel gives a delightful glance at just that. Violet Baumgartner is a beloved member in her community and Queen of the Baumgartner Realm, Overseer of the K...
  • Janet
    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- A formidable matriarch learns the hard way that no family is perfect in this witty, sparkling debut novelDearest loved ones, far and near—evergreen tidings from the Baumgartners!Violet Baumgartner has opened her annual holiday letter the same way for the past three decades. And this year she’s going to throw her husba...
  • Me
    I received this book from the publisher free of charge in return for an honest review. This book is a satire of those smarmy, boastful Christmas letters that some families send. The characters are realistic, likable or at least tolerable (like some relatives in the best of families) and others are hilarious. The plot surrounds a Minnesotan matriarch who has the "perfect" family, tons of volunteer positions and attempts to throw the best parties. ...
  • Jackie
    The adjectives were over the top. “Orphaned shoes” being one that needed to be edited out of the book. This book examines two families as they deal with an lgbt couple involving a pregnancy. They try to add muster over who is the father, but it’s really easy to figure it out. The drama was not realistic and a bit crazy. Granted I’m sure lgbt families could go through something similar but this was an extreme. Humor fell flat or was too ov...
  • Gail Herrmann
    This was not the easiest book to get into. Not a huge fan of the characters.. It became more of an enjoyable read as the story progressed and I found humor in some of the situations. Thanks to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for the opportunity to preview this book.
  • Ann
    This was an okay read but I had a hard time with these two families. Violet Baumgartner writes an annual Christmas letter and this year's is a doozy. She is in combat with her daughter, Cerise who reveals a deep secret. The characters were difficult getting to know and as the story proceeded they became a little more likable. I guess the best way to describe this story is family drama. I received a copy of this ARC in exchange for a fair and hone...
  • Aryn
    In a system where I could award partial stars, this would be a 2.5. Good enough to get me through of my recent time on an airplane, but not so great that the inflight movie didn’t occasionally distract me, even without audio. The story had a lot of potential - for Gilmore Girls fans, Violet Baumgartner on a good day is Emily Gilmore at her most unreasonable and extreme. For those who are not Gilmore enthusiasts, Violet lives in a carefully con...
  • Denice Barker
    I was all set to not like this book. I thought it would be a quick read full of silly, but thought it was just what I needed after reading a serious book. Oh, readers, this is full of surprises. Pleasant surprises. Good surprises. And I surprise myself by already passing on the recommendation to friends to read this one. Violet Baumgartner has written a Christmas Letter every year for thirty years, ever since she married Dear Ed and thought it wa...
  • Morgan
    The premise and indeed even the first quarter or so of the book had me drawing parallels with a Fannie Flagg novel, with larger than life personalities living their lives in their small towns. I loved that chapters were interspersed with Christmas card letters from the past, ranging from ironically funny to tragic. Through newspaper clippings, the book's second weakest b-plot unfolds. The weakest b-plot is the "forced retirement" of one of the Ba...
  • Janah Del Gatto
    This book is more of a 2.5 star rating for me. The cover and the title really had me excited about the book. I enjoyed the beginning. The situation between the two main families children was predictable right from the beginning. The main character, Violet, drove me absolutely insane. Over the course of the book, became irritated when it was her chapter. I suppose that is good writing when you have a true reaction to a character. But her story lin...
  • Mary Robinson
    by Gretchen Anthony is a funny, family drama about Violet, Ed, and their adult daughter Cerise (Baumgartner, obviously). Told in alternating chapters by Violet, Cerise, their neighbor and close friend, interspersed are the tomes Violet writes each year as a Christmas greeting, as well as news reports of Cerise's spelling bee wins and Ed's career successes. The story opens in the build up to Ed's retirement party, an event which control-freak Viol...
  • Debra
    Evergreen Tidings is humorous but not "laugh-out-loud." In fact, parts of it I found a bit depressing. As I started the book, I saw shades of We're All Damaged by Michael Norman. I giggled a bit.But, as the tale (told from three points of view--more about that later) delved into a traumatic brain injury, a mid-life crisis and numerous annoying characters, I was looking for laughs. The novel is told from the perspectives of a meddling mother, a ga...
  • Virginia
    Thank you for sending me the ARC for this book. The Baumgartners' are a dysfunctional family from Minnesota. Mrs. Baumgartner (Violet) leads the mayhem in trying to be perfect in an imperfect world. She is the type of person who cares what people think and tries her best to shield her imperfect family by trying to change events that have happened. Unfortunately, through a serious of mishaps, she finds that she can't always do that. The events tha...
  • Chris Markley
    This story of controlling mother Violet as she deals with unexpected news about her daughter Cerise will have you laughing, shaking your head, and thanking your lucky stars that your mother is not like Violet. Just reading the annual Christmas greeting from Violet Baumgartner, the type of Christmas letter that gives Christmas letter's their bad reputation - filled with over the top sharing of the wonderfulness of the family Baumgartner's year, pr...
  • Nettie
    I began this novel with high hopes but found myself struggling to maintain an interest in the book and never finished it. It’s rare that I give up on a book but the characters were pretty boring with the exception of Violet. She was a busybody but liked order in her life and was well-meaning. Being a mother and grandmother myself I could identify with her to a point. The other characters were not at all interesting! I didn’t find much substan...
  • Alexis Petric-black
    Overall a quick funny read. I found Violet to be a hard target for sympathy and felt she was largely be copy of Hyacinth Bucket from the British sit com "Keeping Up Appearances" which isn't necessarily a bad thing just not very original. The conversations around LGBT families range true, especially the curiosity over "who dunit". The use of a head injury to change a personality so thoroughly did not ring true and became something of a cartoon asp...
  • Amanda
    I love reading people's holiday letters each year. They tend to be insane, but always interesting. This novel has holiday letters interspersed throughout the book that are equally insane but help you understand the characters more. At first, you think this is a book about a dysfunctional family, but it's also about letting go of control, LGBTQ issues, how to live in community, dealing with family and friends, change, retirement, and more. Highly ...
  • Jennifer
    I LOVED this book & found it hard to believe that Gretchen Anthony is a new novelist. Anthony accurately captures the passive-aggressive nature that is so prevalent in Minnesota - but this is a book that everyone will enjoy. I'm sure that everyone will recognize these characters in their lives. Cerise, Violet, Ed, Barb, Richard, and even Eldris are all people I've worked with. I found myself devouring this book & needing to know what happened nex...
  • Becky
    Violet Baumgartner, a controlling mother who dominates the lives of friends and family members alike, has to come to terms with her lesbian daughter's decision to raise a baby with her partner. Intermingled with the unfolding story are snippets of backstory told from Violet's perspective through the Baumgartners' annual Christmas letter. The characters in this book were very hard to like although a few exhibited some redeeming qualities toward th...
  • Nicole
    One of my favorite novels of the year, DO NOT MISS Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners. It is warm, hilarious and a must read. I liken this to This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper, only I feel it is a bit lighter - but it deals with the dysfunctional family made functional by their strong love for each other. I am a huge fan of this novel.I am looking forward to more stories by Gretchen Anthony - witty, warm, realistic, SO MUCH FUN.
  • Amy Lou
    This book is a fun easy read. A story about the Baumgartners, including the very involved and controlling matriarch Violet, her scientist husband Ed, and their adult daughter Cerise. Ed retires from work and Violet plans the perfect retirement party for him. Their daughter Cerise has exciting news. When it is revealed to all, mayhem ensues
  • Ellen
    Violet is a control freak, particularly when it comes to her daughter, Cerise. Cerise and her partner, Barb, are having a baby, causing Violet to obsess over who and how. Add in Ed, Violet’s husband, a scientist studying digestive issues, and the comedy is laugh out loud funny. Although it was a bit slow to start and weave in all of the other characters, I liked it.
  • Jane Kelly
    I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway. It surprised me. It was a quick but delightful read. The characters reveal more dimensions as the story professes and there are some really touching and memorable moments. A few scenes resort to unnecessary slapstick.
  • Shonna Froebel
  • Caryn
    Review to come
  • Alissa
    Violet's world is put into a tailspin due to an unexpected announcement at dear husband's Ed's retirement party.
  • Rebecca Collins
    I couldn't put it down! its a very quick and easy read perfect for passing time with a cup of hot tea. very relatable since every family has a few crazy relatives. its both lighthearted and dramatic with a bit of southern charm. I have a great relationship with my mother and this book is a perfect mother daughter read.