The national bestselling author of The Sister Season shares a new novel about a woman who discovers the spirit of the season is truly in the giving….
With the holidays around the corner, empty-nester Bren Epperson realizes that for the first time in decades, she has no large family to cook for, no celebration to create. So she starts teaching a holiday cooking class, and it’s a hit—until Virginia Mash, the old lady upstairs, bursts in complaining. Rather than retaliate, Bren suggests that the class shower Virginia with kindness—and give her one hundred gifts. So they embark on the plan to lift a heart. Along the way, amidst the knitting and the making and the baking, they’ll discover the best gifts can’t be bought and family celebrations can be reborn.
THE HUNDRED GIFTS was my first time reading Jennifer Scott, and I was emotionally invested in this story from the very first chapter. Bren is an empty-nester who is having difficulty trying to figure out where her life is going. Her children are both in foreign countries. She is missing them more and more everyday. Her husband doesn’t pay attention to her anymore, and it’s driving her crazy. She needs to find something to do with her life or she knows and feels like she is going to go off the deep end…and it’s a very short drive!
One day, Bren meets Paula who is looking for someone to run a cooking class. She offers the job to Bren who is excited to finally be wanted and needed again. After her first cooking class Bren wonders if she has gotten more than she bargained for. The crotchety neighbor who lives upstairs has done nothing but complain, and Bren is at her wits end with what to do about her. Bren comes up with an idea that the class will show Virginia kindness and give her one hundred gifts. Get read to laugh out loud because this idea has some snarky and hilarious results. The women in Bren’s class are so funny and their comments are hysterical. THE HUNDREDS GIFTS is the kind of story that will stay with you for a long time after you finish reading.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading THE HUNDRED GIFTS. It is funny and heart warming and filled with so many different emotions. There is so much going on in this story, but Jennifer Scott does a wonderful job of weaving all the pieces together. All the characters are very real and believable, and they will have you feeling sad and then giggling on the same page. More than once I wanted to be right there in their classroom, cooking and laughing away the night with these awesome ladies! Once you finish devouring their stories you are going to want to tell everyone you know about this awesome book. After getting a feel for Jennifer Scott’s writing, I’m going to add her to my list of “authors I must read” and find her previous novels and read them all.