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Coming Home For Christmas: Warm, humorous and completely irresistible! Paperback – December 30, 2014
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In this installment, the village is threatened by developers who want to place a huge hotel and spa right in the midst of beautiful farmland. We also agonize with Dan and Pippa Holliday, a seemingly perfect couple, whose lives undergo upheaval as Dan tries to recover from a traumatic brain injury. His diary pages, which appear at the end of each month, are one of the best parts of the book. We also suffer along with Marianne as her husband Gabe feels obligated to have his ex and mother of his son move into their house as she tried to recover from a severe bout of depression. There are several other threads as well that really pulled me in.
Again we see townspeople pulling together to help their village and each other. Though not really a Christmas read per se, this trilogy is certainly a feel good story, perfect for the end of the year. I always looked forward to returning to my kindle for a few chapters. These books were a wonderful escape from some of the real life stresses going on over the last month. A major piece of advice—you would do well to read these books in order; otherwise, it will be tough to sort everyone out and you will miss the basis of several of the storylines. This appears to be the reason the average star ratings go down as the series progresses—many reviewers have read these out of order.
I have a short story left from this series, then it’s goodbye forever to Hope Christmas. I really loved my stay there.
Coming Home For Christmas is telling the story of three women: Cat, Pippa and Marianne.
Pippa is a single mother of three, working on her farm. Her ex-husband Dan had an accident two years ago and he left her, because he wanted het to have a good life. We can read about his feelings in his diary entries, I really liked that. His kids miss him badly though and so does Pippa, but she’s with Richard now, isn’t she?!
Cat does everything for her family. Her daughter Mel had a baby and she is looking after little Lou Lou when Mel is studying. And her career?! Well, it seems to have come to a stop.
And then we have Marianne. She’s married to Gabe, they have two kids and then there is also her stepson Steven. They seem to be a happy little family, if it weren’t for Steven’s mum Eve. She’s ill and they have to look after her. On top of that she has to look after her dad, who just had a heart attack. She doesn’t like Eve staying with her family…
And then they all have to fight for their farms and the surroundings, will they have a Christmas to remember?!
I found it difficult to relate to either of these women. At the beginning it was difficult to get to know them, with them just taking turns in the story. It was a big mixture of characters, not clear who is who and who is telling the story, that was a bit of a pity. I grew closer to all of them though, really feeling for them, especially Pippa and Dan. Their story found a way into my heart and I felt the chemistry between them, I just wanted them to find a way to be together.
This is such a sweet story about friendship, family, love and hope. All three women sticking together, talking to each other and fighting together was great to read about. A lovely story with some really sweet and emotional scenes in the end.
This book is actually the third part of a series, but I had no idea this was the case when I started reading it. Even though the characters have been through a lot and I sometimes had to read certain passages twice to really understand everything that had happened to the different characters, the book can definitely be read as a stand-alone. It only made me more curious about the other books! The novel has a great and well-drawn cast of characters at its core; I loved the switch from the points of view of Cat, Marianne and Pippa, and I couldn't get enough of each of their stories. They were different women, each with their own background and dreams and goals, and I simply loved reading about all three of them.
The story has a wonderful setting, namely the villege of Hope Christmas. I loved the idea of this small village where everyone knows each other and where everyone works together to protect their home. Even though the novel is not as festive as I'd hoped it would be, it did manage to get me in a bit of a Christmas mood and longing for the holidays! The author, Julia Williams, has a quick-paced, warm and detailed writing style which I personally really enjoyed. Overall, 'Coming Home for Christmas' is a wonderful holiday read filled to the brim with a thoroughly enjoyable story; the perfect gift to treat yourself to this December!