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Calling Mrs Christmas

Narrated by: Julia Franklin
Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (165 ratings)
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Summary

Cassie Smith has been out of work for a while but she has an idea. Drawing on her love of Christmas, she begins charging for small things: wrapping presents; writing cards; tree-decorating. She's soon in huge demand and Cassie's business, Calling Mrs Christmas, is born.

Carter Randall wants to make Christmas special for his children, so he enlists Cassie's help, and his lavish requests start taking up all her time. Thank goodness she can rely on her loving partner Jim to handle the rest of her clients.

When millionaire Carter asks Cassie to join his family on a trip to Lapland, she knows she shouldn't go... Suddenly Cassie finds herself facing a heart-breaking choice that could change her entire life.

Join Cassie as she takes you on a romantic and emotional rollercoaster ride in Calling Mrs Christmas.

©2013 Carole Matthews (P)2013 Isis Publishing Ltd.

Critic reviews

"So warm, so festive, I really loved Calling Mrs Christmas" (Jenny Colgan)
"Fabulously enjoyable . . . full of heart and fun" (Milly Johnson)

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A perfect Christmas listen

Yes this is predictable, feel good, easy listening chick lit - but I loved it! I think I knew where the story was heading from the first few chapters but this did not spoil my enjoyment of it. Carole Matthews creates such likeable characters that it's easy to become involved in their lives and the story. Julia Franklin narrates this perfectly, her friendly, empathetic tone is perfect for family dramas. A perfect Christmas listen!

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  • Mr
  • Surbiton, United Kingdom
  • 29-12-13

Carole conjures up Christmas

While I'm not the kind of guy that reads much 'chick lit' I could certainly appreciate the plotting of this unashamedly Christmassy read. My favourite sections were set at the Young Offenders unit and that sub-plot.

Julia Franklin does a great job at narration, although this somehow highlights the amount of repetition in the novel as the heroine umms and ahhhs, or even just re-caps her situation which I found unnecessary.

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Really Good Fluff

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it was light and Christmassy without being so simple and predictable it bored me. It had flawed characters, a few interesting subjects to muse on and a delightful little holiday plot.

What did you like best about this story?

That it wasn't a cut and dry simple a to b romance.

Have you listened to any of Julia Franklin’s other performances? How does this one compare?

N/a

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Fantastic

Love this made me smile
I love christmas stories love audio books
thanks audio fab

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Loved it

I absolutely loved this book. The characters are well developed and very likeable. I love Christmas stories at any time of the year but like most people especially when the season is here. This is an enjoyable read that had me hooked from the beginning. I would love to read more with these characters in especially if it expanded on this and what happened to them after.

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Great Listening.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book was good to listen to, held my attention to the very end, Thoroughly enjoyed it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Cassie, she lifted herself out of her bad times.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The whole book.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Calling Mrs Christmas.

Any additional comments?

Looking forward to listening to more from this Author.

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Carol Matthews does it again!

A heartwarming tale read beautifully by Julia Fanklin. Carol again takes you into the lives of the characters as you follow them on their journey of life. Great escapism with a real feel good factor,

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A story about love family & kindness at Christmas

If you could sum up Calling Mrs Christmas in three words, what would they be?

Festive romantic fun

What did you like best about this story?

It was a good dose of Christmas. Cassies struggle to get a job will be relatable to many people and the sense of good will and love echoes throughout the book.

What about Julia Franklin’s performance did you like?

She has a nice voice an she is good at being the different characters.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Will true love be enough for Mrs Christmas.

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed this book and really recommend it.

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Almost gave up.

This book took a long time for the story to get started. I almost gave up as the detail was often unnecessary and tedious. Enjoyed the story once it got going but book could have been half the length. Didn’t enjoy the narrators voices either. Shame

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  • Dewdrop
  • Manchester, Lancs United Kingdom
  • 06-12-18

Not what I was expecting but intriguing still

Let's begin with the narrator, Julia Franklin. She was fantastic, wonderful performance and eloquence throughout.
Now to the story.
I have listened to many Carole Matthews books and while this was intriguing, engrossing and a nice book to listen to - it most certainly was not my favourite story.
The main character, Cassie, is - to put it mildly - the most irritating character I have come across. I think Carole Matthews wrote her characterisms and dialogue perfectly well but it's the person herself that I found so selfish, ungrateful and ungracious.
I spent the whole book in either a state of confusing looks or utter shock at what she got up to.
I completely dislike the central storyline for the hurt it causes but that is not a criticism on the author's behalf - indeed it was all extremely well written. I just dislike people who do what Cassie did, that is all.
I was disappointed that the story did not focus a little more on the business that was created by the main character, there was plenty included but I think I may feel like this purely because I wish the central storyline hadn't happened. So I will leave it there for other people to decide for themselves.
Overall, a very engrossing book to listen to. Well written and extremely well narrated.

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  • Jhirst
  • 31-10-17

Not a Christmas Romance

Well, where should I start....

First, this story is very British. That's not a complaint, but something you might want to consider. British pronunciations, British references, most you can figure out easy enough, some might leave you wondering.

Frankly, the writing is a notch above most of the Christmas romance books I have read. There's character development, sub plots, real feelings. That was nice.

And then the big one. This does take place at Christmas but for me it didn't "feel" as Christmasy as other Christmas romance books do. I could forgive that. What I can't forgive is that it isn't really a romance book. The main character has a boyfriend/partner, and as other reviewers have mentioned, and as the main character repeatedly mentions, he's a great guy. Their connection is great. But.......
As a reader, and I'm male but I'm not sure that matters, I don't want to read about my partner...who repeatedly claims I'm wonderful...being so easily swayed by someone else just because they're richer than me or more attractive. Characters in romance novels are frequently shallow, and I'm okay with that because the goal of the story is the romance, the attraction, but in this story the main character is already attached, seemingly happily attached. I cared for her, I cared for her partner, I cared for the two wayward lads her partner was mentoring and trying to save. I would have been happy if that was the whole story...but it wasn't.

I didn't hate this book. I actually kind of liked this book. But I ended up not really liking the main character, and feeling sorry for the author who doesn't seem to have the right feel for what romance is.

Narration was fine.

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