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Thursday, January 17, 2013

A Merry Little Christmas

A Merry Little Christmas

Perhaps it seems strange to review a Christmas book mid-January but don't let this title fool you. It does start and end with Christmas but with a whole year in the life of Cat, Pippa and Marianne in between. Welcome to Hope Christmas...a little village in England. Cat, Pippa and Marianne all have families and lives which give them challenges but also love.

Cat is a cooking writer and host of her own show. She juggles it all with her caring husband Noel raising her four children.

Pippa is a farmer's wife to Dan with a special needs child Lucy to care for along with her two loving sons.

And last but not least, Marianne has twin babies to care for along with her beloved step son and farmer husband Gabriel. She works part time as a teacher.

But when life starts to throw many challenges and tests in their way, these three friends really pull together in ways that carry them through. By the end of the year, all they want is A Merry Little Christmas.

This is my second book by author Julia Williams. I really enjoy how she pulls you into the villages she writes about. You are there with the families sharing in their ups and downs. I found myself a little bothered by some of the language in this book but I know that is life now. But regardless, I will be looking for more books by this author as I enjoyed this one as much as The Summer Season.

Happy reading!

Note: I have put word verification back on this blog. Someone with no life and too much time on their hands has put almost 200 spam comments on a previous book review. I hope this will not stop anyone from commenting on my blog as I love reading your comments. 


Elizabethd said...

I find some of today's language quite upsetting, Heidi. I dont see the need for it. It doesnt paint a good picture of the plot or of the author.
I haven't read that book, but am tempted, as I do enjoy village stories.

Nancy said...

I just finished a book with a really good plot and way to much unnecessary stuff in it. It might make me think twice before buying another book by this author.
That book does sound interesting. Glad you liked it.
Keep reading
Love you, Mom

Trish said...

It's never too late for a little bit of Christmas! Glad you enjoyed it :)

Rosie said...

The name of the author and the design of the front cover seemed familiar to me but your synopsis of the book didn't ring a bell at all. I've just been to look at the author's website and realised that it was her book 'Last Christmas' I'd read and enjoyed a couple of years ago. Like you I think I'll seek out more by this author:)

Julie said...

We have one lady at our book group that will not read a book if the is bad language, she shuts the book and brings it back! This one sounds interesting. I did read Mr Rosenblums you recommended and it's doing the rounds at our book group getting good reviews.