Cat Tinsall is juggling her busy family life – a quintessential ‘sandwich generation’ woman, she’s responsible for the care of her kids, her mother-in-law, and her baby granddaughter.
Her TV career as ‘The Happy Homemaker’ is looking rocky – and she’ll do anything to resist the whispers that, as a woman over 40, she’s in danger of ‘fading to grey’. She’s got an awful lot on her plate …
Cat’s good friend Pippa Holliday is finding life as a single mum a challenge, especially now the farm her family have called home for generations is in dire financial straits.
And schoolteacher Marianne North, with her young twins and teenage stepson, is dismayed to find her increasingly absent husband calling on her to take his damaged and delicate ex-wife into their home – with no moving out date in sight.
As the close-knit village community of Hope Christmas pulls together to battle ruthless plans from local developers, it looks like each of these three women needs a miracle.
As Christmas approaches, bringing with it more than one surprising turn of events, it appears they might just find one …My review
This is the first review book I have picked up in a while. I decided to visit an "old" favourite author, Julia Williams. An author I can trust to spin me a tale of village life that will keep me entertained until the last page. This is one of those novels I fit into the modern day saga category, the book version of Emmerdale or Corrie or even The Archers, but more believable. The storylines are not far fetched.
This year the villagers have not only their own complicated family lives to deal with but developers LK Holdings are trying to muscle in and develop the beautiful countryside into something more profitable.
An old flame makes a reappearance for one of the residents and an ex comes to stay.
It was lovely to revisit the village of Hope Christmas and the villagers. I particularly enjoyed the diary from Dan as he struggles to come to terms with losing his love and family and rebuild his life after his devastating accident.
This is a follow on novel from Last Christmas but can be read as a stand alone.
Perfect festive reading to begin my festive reading.
5 out of 5 for me!
About The Author
Julia has always made up stories in her head, and until recently she thought everyone else did too. She grew up in London, one of eight children, including a twin sister. She married Dave, a dentist, in 1989, and they have four daughters. After the birth of the second Julia decided to try her hand at writing. Since then she has written 8 hugely popular novels, selling over a quarter of a million copies in the UK alone, and hitting the Sunday Times bestseller list.