Title: With Love at Christmas
Author: Carole Matthews
Original Publication Date: October 16, 2014
Genre: Holiday, Chick Lit, Romance, Fiction
Goodreads Synopsis: 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 WITH LOVE AT CHRISTMAS.
My Mini Review
I have no idea how to review this novel. It was about nothing and a little bit of something all at once. There are issues arising on every page and a lot more sad, heart-breaking events happening than I expected. I enjoyed reading about the Joyces’ Christmas day and the leading up to it but, I have no idea why! There wasn’t anything shocking, rapid page-turning worthy, or different about the story. I wasn’t in love with any of the characters– I couldn’t relate or feel a connection with any of them. I was even able to put the book away in the middle of a chapter and feel no sense of worry. I always knew what was going on and I wanted to know how it ended but, never got that itch. I have to put it down to the fact that Carole Matthews is just an amazingly talented writer! She set the Christmas scene so well without bringing anything new to the table. I totally wish I could write such an engaging story about nothing!
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Dates Read: Nov. 27-Dec. 09, 2018
My Favorite Quotes
“People, even reliable husbands, do strange things when the heat is on.”
“People stay together for years when they’re not particularly happy with each other, don’t they?”
“Then when I’m out, I realise I like being at home with my cocoa.”
“The title on every tub in the bathroom cabinet starts with the words ‘age-defying.’ But none of them – not a single one – does anything to defy age.”
“As always, our family commitments, those that knit us together so closely, are the same ones that so often keep us apart.”
“As a youth he thought that the future would always be bright, the sun would shine and everything would be well. Now life has worn him down to his knees.”
“Christmas can be a difficult time, a catalyst for rifts and arguments. But it can also be one for healing wounds, too.”
“Despite all the food we’ve packed in, at Christmas there’s always room for more.”