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Christmas Carol: A chick lit / romantic comedy novella by [Gorman, Michele]
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"Gorman is one of my favorite chick lit writers." - Chick Lit Plus

"Fabulously funny and thoroughly festive, Christmas Carol is the perfect holiday season read." - Chrissie Manby, Sunday Times Bestseller

"A delicious combination of romance and humour, with a hint of sentiment and a clever play on a classic Christmas tale." -
Me, Bookshelf and I

"The characters are appealing, the pace quick, and the dialogue witty. Gorman's book is a pleasant way to kick off the Christmas season." - Chick Lit Central

Product Details

  • File Size: 545 KB
  • Print Length: 106 pages
  • Publisher: Notting Hill Press (September 15, 2013)
  • Publication Date: September 15, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F8CRE7C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,396 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Sheila Deeth VINE VOICE on October 22, 2013
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Told in the convincingly colloquial English voice of recently-dumped Carol, Michel's Gorman's Christmas novella is a tale of romance, real life, honest miscommunication, perfectionism, weather and hope. Loving sister Marley celebrates her wedding weekend in the snows of Scotland, among the joys of Christmas, while scrooge-like Carol faces down the ghosts of boyfriends past. Except those boyfriends turn out to be very much present, and Carol's rejected love for them still hurts.

As Carol sees past breakups through new eyes, her cynicism cracks like ice on the pond, and she ploughs a new path toward the future. Perhaps she didn't need to seem perfect to be lovable. And perhaps she didn't need to seek perfection in others. Perhaps it's okay to crack a smile, or shed a tear, or even just ask "Why?" And love is bigger and wider than she'd dreamed.

The lesson's enjoyable and wise. The voice is pleasingly authentic and pulls the reader in. And the fable is nicely new, while anchored in the old. A fun romantic novella, perfect for the Christmas season.

Disclosure: I was given a free ecopy during the author's blog tour and I offer my honest review.
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This was the first book I read by Michele Gorman and I will definitely be reading more. I liked the story and the characters and I really felt like I was snowed in right next to everyone in wintry Scotland! If you're looking for a cozy read, this is it!
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I was given a copy of this book to review. And I have to say I am really glad I was. It is an enjoyable read that will take you away to an enchanting castle in Scotland for a visit with an entertaining and engaging family. I would love to have been a guest at this wedding. I had my doubts about Carol in the beginning of the book. I was also a little leery about her sister being named Marley. I have to confess, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is one of my least favorite stories. But I needn't have worried. Michele Gorman handled the spirit of the story in her own style, rendering it much more readable and infinitely more enjoyable. So why didn't I give this 5 stars? I would have but I really wanted to spend more time with the characters. It could have been another hundred or so pages long as far as I am concerned. Great job Michele!
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This book was not as good as the first of her books that I read. It took me awhile to get into it. Carol just seems like a jealous, angry sort of person and I didn't endear myself to her. But, she does have an awakening that makes me like her better by the end. I love the little twist of Dickens' A Christmas Carol. It was a quick read once I got into it.
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This book was provided by the publisher in return for an honest review. I am not a fan of Christmas myself, so my inner Scrooge really could relate to this story. I loved this story. To begin with, the wedding is in Scotland, my favorite place in the whole world. Send me to Scotland at Christmas time and my Scroogeness will melt away. However, our heroine does not share that feeling with me. Carol has to attend her sister's wedding after a recent breakup where she will have to spend a weekend stuck in a house with no 3G and her exes in attendance. Bah Humbug...

In addition to the ex-boyfriends, Carol also has to spend time with many extended family members that she seems to have no affection or tolerance for. Throughout the weekend, Carol finds herself trying to find out why her relationships with these men didn't work. Somehow, in her mind, Carol has equated happiness with perfection. She has strived to make her life perfect believing that she will be happy, but it never works out. Carol has closed off her feelings, believing if she has feelings, she can be hurt. It's absolutely true, but she is missing out on so much of the joy life can offer.

I really admired Carol for making the effort to find out what went wrong even though it meant she would have some difficult lessons to learn about herself. Most of us couldn't be that brave. Carol realizes that shutting off her feelings kept the pain of being hurt away, but she stopped feeling everything and was unable to find true happiness. I loved the moment when Carol realizes that feeling emotions, even painful ones, doesn't kill her or make her a weak person. She also realizes that the world is still the same and that it's okay to be flawed. I truly feel this is a message all of us can relate to.

Overall, this book is a fantastic chick-lit version of Dickens' classic tale that offers a wonderful blend of humor and romance to thaw out even the most Scrooge like of hearts.
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I loved CHRISTMAS CAROL, a novella, by Michele Gorman. The protagonist in this modern version of the classic story is Carol. Carol has gone through three disastrous relationships and blames the guys for the breakups. While at her sister Marley's wedding at a beautiful manor in Scotland, Carol is brought face-to-face with her three ex's. After confronting each, she learns that it actually wasn't because of their flaws that each relationship ended, but rather her perfectionist ways. Though Carol had always believed this personality trait would bring her happiness, but instead it drove those closest to her away. She even found she had a low tolerance for less than perfect family members causing her to be withdrawn from them. As Carol learns from her ex-boyfriends that she was the cause of their failed romances, she discovers that she can be happy, even if it sometimes hurts, by being more open and less exacting. She discovers that she is able to have a loving relationship with her guy and with her family members if she just lets go of being Miss Perfection.
This novella was a quick, fun read. There are ample funny moments throughout the story, and at times I found myself laughing out loud. I certainly would recommend this book not only for the story content, but also because it is a perfect length to read on a trip home during the holidays or to sneak into a busy schedule.
I was provided this novella by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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