These three friends are dreading Christmas …
The perfect festive treat for fans of The Archers, Carole Matthews and Veronica Henry.
Cat needs to get off the ‘has-been’ heap and rescue her flagging TV career but the demands of her extended family are reaching fever pitch and she barely has time to breathe. Meanwhile, Pippa has got too many balls to juggle as a struggling single mum trying to hang on to her family farm. And Marianne’s marriage is looking distinctly rocky now her beloved husband’s ex is back on the scene.
Happy Christmas? Forget it.
But Christmas is a time for miracles, and when the villagers learn they must fight for what they love, it becomes clear that there is festive magic in the air.
Suddenly for Cat, Pippa and Marianne, it’s looking like it might just be a Christmas to remember …
*Copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review*
Before reading ‘Coming Home For Christmas’ I haven’t read anything by Julia Williams. When I was asked to review it and be part of her blog tour, I was thrilled and jumped at the chance to check this author, who I heard writes great. I didn’t know this book is part of a series, actually the third and what seems like, the last part of Hope Christmas series. Once I realized it was a series, I must say I started to panic a bit, since I was worried there will be loads of characters who’ll be mentioned from the previous parts and I won’t be able to keep up not knowing what happened to them in the two previous books.
However, now that I read it, I can assure you ‘Coming Home For Christmas’ can be read as a stand-alone, however I would have enjoyed it far more if I had read the previous parts before starting this one. Baring in mind it’s a Christmas book, and I usually end up enjoying these type of books, I did have expectations for this one (despite me not being familiar with the author’s writing). I was not disappointed and was invested for most of the story, however I can’t say that it goes on my faves shelf.
The story is centered around three friends, Cat, Pippa and Marianne who are at that point in their lives when they really don’t look forward to Christmas. There’s a lot going on in their lives, separations, taking care of an ill child, loads of family drama, so these ladies really try hard just to go through the day. However, Christmas is near and it’s time for some magic to be brought to their lives.
There are some things which I loved, liked and disliked about this book. I truly loved the setting and I can see the author put much effort in creating this picturesque little place, Hope Christmas, which I read is actually based on a real place. I loved the descriptions and I do have this thing for small town or village stories where community is accepting and everyone is friends. This really got me in the festive spirit and I’m thankful to Ms Williams for doing this, for pouring some festive sparkle in my lately, grey and busy days. I liked the main characters, they are mature women who seem real and sometimes, I even had teary eyes because of some thing that were happening to them. But, the thing which I liked less was the fact that it took me some time to get into the story, I didn’t know the characters from before so felt like I’m missing a lot from their lives. This switching from Cat’s to Pippa’s, then to Marianne’s story sometimes felt a bit too much and confusing, making it hard for me to see the big picture.
But overall, Coming Home For Christmas is enjoyable, warm read perfect for this time of the year. If you’re a fan of festive reads, looking for a feel-good read that will get you all festive, then this is the book for you. You’d maybe also like to check the other two in the series, Last Christmas and A Merry Little Christmas. I sure will.
My rating: 6/10