What they say: A Typical Family ChristmasFor once, Kate Peters would like a happy, family Christmas; the kind of Christmas seen in the movies. She wants harmony and happiness, smiling, glowing faces, tables groaning with food, carol singingaround the tree. She wants love, kindness, and goodwill to all men, especially inher own house.What she doesn’t want is drama. Absolutely no drama, whatsoever. But what she gets is three stroppy children, two equally stroppy grandmothers, a husband who can’tmanage to change a lightbulb, and Pepe the poodle. It’s no wonder she feels unappreciated, overworked, and ignored. At the end of her tinsel-coatedtether, and with the only Christmas spirit being in the form of a bottle of raspberry gin, Kate decides to leave them to it, and see how they manage without her. A quiet little hotel somewhere near the sea, where she can pretend Christmas doesn’t exist, is just the thing she needs. Isn’t it?
The Review: I’ll start by apologising for the images, I’m working solely off a phone at the moment and for some reason I absolutely can’t get the full images to come up. I’d also like to thank Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the book in return for an honest review and for letting me be part of this blog tour.
First off you’ll know how much I love Christmas family books and I’d say you’ve twigged how both the blurb and bio had me running for this-a book about Kate, a mother who is being pulled in all directions at Christmas time and is getting no thanks for it.
From the start I’ll admit I jumped straight in, all fired up for her and also picking a side in the granny wars going on, then doing a full turnabout as I began to feel for her husband, who’s working in a job he loathes.
I did this a lot, picking sides and trying not to judge, while chortling along with the unfortunate events that befell both, a lot very much of the everyday parenting variety. The settings in this book kind of made me want to run for the hills myself, with the magic and beauty of Christmas teaming with a stunning, charming little hideaway.
The characters were well done, in particular one of the daughters surprised me. These characters, the settings, comedy and romance all make this a book I’d beyond recommend and I’ll definitely be looking out this author again.
About the author
Liz Davies writes feel-good, light-hearted stories with a hefty dose of romance, a smattering of humour, and a great deal of love. She’s married to her best friend, has one grown-up daughter, and when she isn’t scribbling away inthe notepad she carries with her everywhere (just in case inspiration strikes), you’ll find her searching for that perfect pair of shoes. She loves to cook but isn’t very good at it, and loves to eat -she’s much better at that! Liz also enjoys walking (preferably on the flat), cycling (also on the flat),and lots of sitting around in the garden on warm, sunny days. She currently lives with her family in Wales, but would ideally love to buy a camper van and travel the world in it.
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