Last Christmas – Julia Williams

THURSDAY 13th DECEMBER 2012

In the wee small hours of what felt like the longest night shift ever, I finished reading Last Christmas by Julia Williams. Now you see, myChristmas tree locker at work is bursting with books that I have accumulated from my colleagues and recently I decided to pile them in some sort of Missuswolf Order; that order being along my mantra of ‘themed reading’.

Yup, in October I decided to read a Halloween related book and in the process of coming to that decision,  I sorted my locker out whereby I discovered, to my delight, there were three Christmas books in there! Yipee! They instantly got promoted to the top of the pile in preperation to be read in December; Last Christmas being the first victim, which I finished devouring in the early hours.

Synopsis:

Last ChristmasIt’s the most wonderful time of year. Isn’t it?
Discover the true spirit of Christmas with this seasonal treat for fans of Love, Actually and The Holiday.

Discover the true spirit of Christmas…

Catherine Tinsall is dreading Christmas. As the ‘Happy Homemaker’ she is an online sensation, but the reality couldn’t be more different. With Catherine’s marriage in tatters, her children running wild and her mother increasingly forgetful, seasonal cheer is running low.

Husband Noel also hides a secret: he’s facing the axe at work. Until he chances upon the village of Hope Christmas, deep in the Shropshire countryside, which could be the second chance he’s searching for. If he can save it from the developers…

In Hope Christmas itself, schoolteacher Marianne Moore is trying to heal her battered heart. But Christmas is a time for families, and memories of what she’s lost haunt her at every turn.

Meanwhile, Gabriel North faces a lonely Christmas but hides his sadness for the sake of his son. Will his wife ever come home? Or does love lie elsewhere?

All four need a Christmas miracle. And it might just happen – courtesy of a mysterious guardian angel … Forced to reassess their lives, will Catherine, Noel, Marianne and Gabriel discover what the meaning of Christmas really is?

An irresistible gift of a tale that will warm the hearts of Christmas-lovers and Scrooges alike…

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I found this a very enchanting tale of four people whose pathways slowly intertwine amidst the comparisons of laid back village life and hectic city living.

The story jumps back and forth, between this year and last year, dropping hints as to what may have occurred in between for that character to be in a particular situation at that point in time, however the author is careful not to give too much away so as to leave the reader intrigued.

It’s a feel good read that is perfect for snuggling up nice and cosy wrapped in your throw, sipping a mug of hot chocolate as you snuggle down by the Christmas Tree. Perfect for relaxing amongst the chaos of Christmas.

Get your copy here

Now onto my next Christmas read, hmmm what will I choose, maybe I should ask The Christmas Men…

Xmas Men

Love Missuswolf xxx

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