I loved this book - the first in the trilogy. The characters come alive from the beginning - a great read!
I read the third book in this trilogy before reading this first one. I must say however that this did not detract from the story in any way. Although I knew what would happen I enjoyed reading the novel as the characters 'spoke to me.' A good start to a very good trilogy.
This is the first time I've read anything written by Elin Hilderbrand. It was not the typical magical Christmas story you would expect. The whole family was in crisis with one problem or another. It was an OK quick read.
2/1 - This book isn't giving me the same kind of feeling as any of the previous Christmas books I've read over the past month. There is drama galore, and it's not ridiculous drama that is so dramatic it's funny, it's depressing drama that would be killing my Christmas spirit if it was still before Christmas. Cheating spouses, the success of Christmas dinner in doubt, and the tragic loss of a family member on Christmas day all add up to a book that definitely does not resemble any happy Christmas book I've ever read before. To be continued...
3/1 - Alright, I read another 11 pages but that's it. I'm done with this 'Christmas' book that's making me depressed instead of happy. DNFed after 105 pages.
a well written good story especially around Christmas time.
This book was a charming & sweet read. It isn't deep but it has a bit of magic in it & it is light but readable.
This was a delightful book. Its characters were an array of funny & serious. The story showed the dysfunctions of a family in such a humorous way that it was fun to read. It reminded me of Grisham's "Skipping Christmas" with the hubbub of activities going on during that busy season.
Not your average heart-warming Christmas tale. What many families REALLY go through during stressful holiday times.
However, there is still enough redemption to satisfy holiday reading tastes.
Hilderbrand's books are always an enjoyable read for me. Family and all the inter-relationships are important parts of her novels. This one takes place over a few days around Christmas, a time that is not always joyful and happy no matter what the hype would have us believe. Hilderbrand shows us that we can enjoy it, in spite of the challenges life can bring. There was enough drama, life lessons, and romance to keep me involved.
Quick book that really holds your interest.
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