Can the imperfect family really have the perfect Christmas? Juliet Joyce adores Christmas. She loves the presents, the tree, the turkey, the tinsel, everything. Already the festive spirit is upon her, which is just as well as this Christmas things are starting to get out of hand. Her son, Tom, is out of work and bringing home a slew of unsuitable partners; pregnant daughter Chloe and her little boy have moved back in; Juliet's father, Frank, is getting over heartbreak of his own; and Rita, her eccentric mother, is behaving more erratically each day. And has the chaos got too much for Juliet's husband, Rick? With the big day fast approaching, Juliet hopes that she can stop everything spiralling out of control, because the only thing she wants is her family all around her and her home to be filled With Love At Christmas.
©2012 Carole Matthews (P)2012 Isis Publishing Ltd
Yes if they wanted a good Christmas listen
Not my usual type of book so I can't say
Not particularly emotional, but it fitted the bill for a pre Christmas listen, it was festive, amusing and light hearted but not too much so. Also not just a Xmas romance so suited to an older person with all the Xmas arrangements to make.
Not my usual type of listen but brilliant for the time of year. Enjoyed it.
Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Christmas, family, love, kindness, generosity.
Don't you just hate it when you listen to a sample and all is great and then when you're about 1/4 of the way through you up the speed because it's starting to drag?
I don't think it was the story, although it was rather slow at times, but the narrator had a pretty grating voice after a while.
It was a pretty good story, and although it felt at times that nothing was happening, an awful lot had happened by the end. It was enjoyable enough and did have its funny moments, and when the pace picked up at the end I found myself enjoying it a lot more.
Tell us about yourself!I live in Italy, mostly on Lake Iseo
Lovely,funny,witty, could happen to all of us
When Holly was born, when Samuel died, and above the carpet scene when Tom came in unexpected
She really was Juliette telling her own story; and Julia (or Juliette), was very appropriate
I would have liked to and did listen way into the night in a very few bouts, not getting much "beauty sleep" but it was well worth it.
I loved it, will recommend it. I laughed a lot, shed a few tears, guessed early on that it was Myrak in the shed. Carole Matthews is a wonderful author
I have previously enjoyed 'A cottage by the sea' and 'Calling Mrs Christmas' but was very disappointed in this Christmas offering from Carole Matthews. It did appear to be a hastily written piece for the Christmas market with a very flimsy plot and poor characterisation. I found it difficult to like any of the characters and the only thing that kept me listening was Julia Franklin's excellent narration.
The family in this story so revolting that I couldn't even get past chapter 5. Couldn't relate to this family , might worked better as a horror story, really disliked it.
No, after this experience I wouldn't take the chance life is too short
Performance would of improved with better material, one would hope
As I couldn't gat past chapter 5 I would as editor not published story
Had promise but this imperfect family just didn't cut it
Very enjoyable story and good narration.It made me chuckle a few times all about family and friends and good will at Christmas.
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