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Christmas with Cary (Home for Christmas Book 3) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B08J4CYSJS
- Publisher : Green Ginger Publishing (November 2, 2020)
- Publication date : November 2, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 2103 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 179 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,008,244 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Ms. Booth always delivers good stories and this is no exception. It's a little different from most Christmas romances, but that only makes it interesting. Spending my Christmas with Cary was a wonderful decision as I really enjoyed this second-chance romance.
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I could feel her trepidation as she moved into her holiday cottage facing Christmas alone and was delighted as she overcame each hurdle and started to find herself again.
I'm not giving anything away when I say this is about seeking a second chance with Cary - the one who got away - and, over the course of the book, we find out more about Cary and Molly's past and why they didn't quite make it. This is beautifully fed into the present-day storyline and is really easy to follow.
Cary is named after the movie star of old, Cary Grant, and I wondered if my lack of familiarity with him or his films might hinder my enjoyment or understanding of the story but it absolutely didn't. The chapters are all named after films and very cleverly linked but you absolutely don't need to know the films to follow this touch of brilliance. On an aside, I may now need to seek me out some Cary Grant films as he sounds divine!
Back to the book, though, it really is a delight. It's such a beautiful and moving story and I did have tears in my eyes at several points, hoping that Molly would finally get the Christmas she deserved. As to whether she does, you'll have to read it to find out but I would definitely encourage to you to read it. It's an absolutely gorgeous warm hug of a book.
Bravery is something that’s always eluded her – she’s lost it along the way, trapped in a loveless marriage, with a husband and son who’ve made her feel worthless and incapable of making life decisions of her own, and a mother who’s failed her too. And when her hopes are dashed once again, and it looks like she’s destined to spend a lonely Christmas, she has plenty of time to reflect on all those moments when her life could have changed course – while working her way through a dear old friend’s collection of Cary Grant movies, with bitter regret at the way she’s allowed her life to come to this.
But the village of Ferringham slowly works its magic – as the snow falls, and she finally finds the courage to light the log burner in her rented bungalow, she tentatively begins to make new friends, and to experience the kindness of strangers. She has a small Christmas tree with sparkling lights, she has some company, she plans her own kind of Christmas dinner and rediscovers her love of baking: she still yearns for the relationship she allowed to slip away, but there’s always a faint glimmer of hope. And maybe Ferringham will be the key to a different future, somewhere she can be happy – even if a life with Cary remains out of her grasp.
But then… and no, of course I’m not going to tell you any more. But I do have to tell you how very much I loved this book. At times it’s sad and poignant, and some of those key moments in Molly’s life will bring a tear to your eye as they did to mine – I really loved her, and every time she hurt I felt it so deeply too. But it’s also wonderfully uplifting and joyous, gloriously Christmassy, overflowing with love – and those tears of frustration about Molly’s every disappointment turn into tears of real joy.
Sharon Booth is a really superb storyteller. All the characters in this book are beautifully drawn, real and believable, as is every emotional touch – and the village setting is wonderful in every little detail. I loved the way the chapters were tied in with the films she watched – not in the least contrived, and really cleverly done – as Molly reflects on all those pivotal moments when she could have changed the course of her life, while pursuing the possibility of a brighter future.
It might be a shorter read at just under 180 pages, but the story has all the depth and development you could possibly hope for – I thought it was simply perfect, and absolutely everything I wanted it to be. Without question, this was one of my favourite Christmas reads this year – don’t miss it, whatever you do, because you’re going to love it too.
Molly's confidence over the years had been destroyed by her mother, her auntie, her husband Owen, and even her son who told her she was useless. What a horrible family!
As a child at school she became very close to a boy, Cary, and their friendship turned to love. If only she had followed her heart, she would have married him and lived "happily ever after", but this was not to be.
Can Molly, now in her fifties, find Cary again and rekindle their love?
How I enjoyed this book; in fact I think it is the best story that Sharon has written. I loved getting to know Molly and sypathised with her and rooted for her to do what SHE really wanted with her life.