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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (October 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780876629
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780876627
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #795,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'a warm and charming winter treat, sparkling with wit and the feel-good factor. It's a great Christmas read!' Miranda Dickinson. 'Warm, romantic and aglow with Christmas sparkle, Meet Me Under the Mistletoe is a fun and fabulous festive read' Victoria Fox, author of Temptation Island. 'Funny, inspiring and light hearted ... The perfect Christmas read' Inspire. 'a light, fun, feel-good Christmas read' Caroline Smailes. 'An absolute Christmas cracker of a book! (Sorry but it had to be said!) ... This book was truly delightful' Bookworm. 'a wonderful read ... it's everything I wanted in a Christmas book' Chicklit Chloe. 'a great debut and a light, entertaining read for winter nights' Biscuits, Books and Tea. 'A lovely novel to dream away with on a cold winter's day' Page to Stage. 'Her writing has a very warm and inviting style and I think she is one to look out for in the future' Dot Scribbles.

About the Author

Abby Clements worked in book publishing before writing this, her first novel. Her Christmas baking skills are upper-intermediate. Her countryside-survival skills are basic to none. She lives with her boyfriend in North London.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BestChickLit.com on November 12, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Now this, ladies and gentlemen, is what you call chick lit: two polar opposite female protagonists, small picturesque village, atmospheric festive London, deliciously manly men all embroiled in high-emotion dramas.

The writing style is confident and smooth, meaning Meet Me Under The Mistletoe goes down as easily as a hunk of chocolate cake washed down with a cuppa. The plot almost splits into two, telling separate stories, but also cleverly interweaves to keep the basis of the concept together, and you're never given a chance to get bored. It's the perfect stocking filler, and great for relaxing with, so make sure you put it on your Chrimbo list.

Reviewed by Charlotte Foreman on behalf of BestChickLit.com
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vicky @ Books, Biscuits, and Tea on October 25, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
If you're looking for an easy and charming read for the Christmas season, look no further - Meet Me Under the Mistletoe, Abby Clements's debut novel, will definitely put you in the Christmas spirit. It's a light and entertaining read that would make a perfect Christmas present or a great read the week before Christmas Day. Even though it's only October and snow, Christmas trees and fairy lights are still nowhere to be seen, Laurie and Rachel's story made me feel like I was sitting in fire-lit living room with the lingering smell of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg filling the air. On top of a witty storyline, the book has a festive, cheerful atmosphere which I really enjoyed.

While lots books from this genre tend to be quite predictable, I was relieved to find that Meet Me Under the Mistletoe is not one of them. There are so many chick lit books out there (usually about love triangles) where you can figure out the ending before the book has even started but Clements's book was definitely a pleasant surprise. The plot was very well written, full of twists and turns and I seriously couldn't predict what would happen next. The characters are likeable, the plot is original and very enjoyable and I'm not exaggerating when I say I read it in one day. Also, in addition to the fact that the book has a stunning (and very sparkly) cover which I absolutely adore, it also includes two bonus Christmas recipes that are featured in the story. How creative is that?

The book has a third person narrator but it's divided into two parts - one chapter is about Rachel, the next one is about Laurie and so on, which I particularly liked about this book. Laurie is a brilliant character and she even reminded me of myself a little bit.
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By Helen Hancock on January 6, 2014
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revie 2.5 stars - a "nice" story - not quite the Christmas spirit tale I was hoping for. It was slow and didn't really pick up speed until about 3/4 into the story and then not really "Christmasy" but Chick Lit. Still, a worthy effort from a first time author.
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My immediate thought after reading was that this book reminded me of the movie called "The Holiday" starring Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jack Black and Jude Law. Two strangers who desperately need a break from their daily lives end up swapping houses and lifestyles for a few days. Only in this book the switch happens between two long lost friends whose lives have taken some unexpected turns. One of the friends, Rachel, is a mother to two children and needs some medical answers and relief for her mother-in-law, Bea. The other friend, Laurie, is a high end fashion designer who has recently lost her touch and possibly her heart. This story is set with a holiday theme in mind, and that makes it all the more enchanting.

I loved reading about Rachel and Laurie and how they each adjusted to the others home and everything that essentially came with it, including Rachel and Laurie's variety of eccentric, yet warm neighbors. At the start of the novel I could tell that each of the characters were in their own little rut and needed a pick me up. I saw two different characters by the end of the novel and was really happy that a change of scenery and a new cast of characters could help each woman mend what needed mending. The chapters do countdown to Christmas, and lots of warm holiday festivities take place closer to the end. I can't tell you how pleased I was that this story was set around Christmas because I just don't think that it would have read the same being set in a different season.

I have to admit that I was Team Laurie. I don't know why but I just liked her chapters better and I felt that I could really relate to her, but I still loved Rachel and her enormous love for her family.
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'Meet Me Under the Mistletoe' is a seasonal read telling the story of two estranged friends who for reasons beyond their control are forced to temporarily swap house. They reluctantly settle into the for them foreign places and after a bumpy start they start to learn more about themselves and discover what is truly important in life.

Laurie is a fashion designer in the bustling city of London. Consumed by her career it's not uncommon for her to arrive at the office as early as 7.30am. However, her focus on work does mean that her family and friends get neglected and the one glint at a romance she's had in the recent past failed miserably because she told the guy in not so many words that her work was more important than pursuing a relationship with him.

Childhood friend Rachel's life couldn't have turned out more different from Laurie's. Now a mother of two and a devoted wife she spends most of her time in the family cottage in a quiet village in the countryside. Her day-to-day activities consist mainly of taking care of her children, husband and to a lesser extend her mother-in-law Bea. But when the latter unexpectedly needs to go into a hospital in London the friends' paths cross again.

To not bankrupt herself on accommodation costs in the city Rachel asks if she can stay in Laurie's apartment for the duration of her mother-in-law's treatment, and her old friend is more than happy to help out. Even more than that, since Laurie has just been forced to take temporary leave from her work she not only lets Rachel and her two children stay over, but also offers them the use of the entire apartment while she spends a few weeks at Rachel's cottage to get out of their way.
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