Read: December 2016
Can the imperfect family really have the perfect Christmas?
Juliet Joyce adores Christmas. She loves the presents, the tree, the turkey, the tinsel, everything. Already the festive spirit is upon her, which is just as well as this Christmas things are starting to get out of hand.
Her son Tom is out of work and bringing home a slew of unsuitable partners; pregnant daughter Chloe and her little boy have moved back in; Juliet’s father, Frank, is getting over a heartbreak of his own and Rita, her eccentric mother, is behaving more erratically each day. And has the chaos got too much for Juliet’s husband Rick?
With the big day fast approaching, Juliet hopes that she can stop everything spiralling out of control, because the only thing she wants is her family all around her and her home to be filled.
This was a cute holiday read! It revolved around Juliet’s love of Christmas, but was full of so much more than just Christmas and romance. In fact, while I thought that the story was a typical romance, it really wasn’t. Juliet and Rick had been married for over 20 years and had two kids of their own and this story was about family, friends, rekindling love, loss, and the goodwill and kindness we can have towards others at this time of year.
It was nice to read something that had a little more depth than your typical holiday story and this one really made me want to do more at the holidays; not buy more or bake more, but just be good to other people and be kind. This was one of those stories that not only made me look at my own family traditions during the holidays, but reminded me to look at other peoples’ – maybe other people are suffering, or don’t have somewhere to go, or are just lonely during this time of year. It made me realize that this time of year isn’t about the cookies, or the presents, or the lights, or the dinners, but about lending a hand to other people and inviting those people in who might just need a friend or an evening of laughter.
I’ll definitely be reading more of Carole Matthews’s Christmas books – this one was a great read for the holiday season!