** What it’s about **
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!
** What I thought **
I must admit it took me a while to get into this book, but by the end I’d found it both heart-breaking and heart-warming. This book is seamlessly put together; rather than each chapter focusing on different characters, Williams does this within the chapter. Williams moves around the village of Hope Christmas, Shropshire and dips into London without breaking the flow or losing pace, or most importantly, the reader.
I have a habit of not reading the back of books before I start anymore; I love that it gives you a greater journey of discovery for some books. This was one of those, I slowly got to discover the secret of Ralph Nicholas which I thought was very cleverly woven in (and would have been far more obvious if I’d read the synopsis).
I loved that the book was split into four parts, which were based around Wham’s Last Christmas!! Each part begins with a chapter containing flashbacks to Last Year with the rest of that parts chapters focusing on This Year. This provided a slow release of each characters back story which I thought worked really well!
Thank you to Julia Williams for the copy of Last Christmas.
Finally, Julia and her publishers at Avon have kindly agreed to give away
3 signed copies of Last Christmas away to readers of my blog.
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