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Summary

Spend the most wonderful time of the year at Hope Farm.

The gloriously festive sequel to the Sunday Times best-selling novel Happiness for Beginners.

Christmas is fast approaching at the new Hope Farm and Bev has convinced a reluctant Molly to organise an open day to raise some much needed funds ahead of the New Year. Their nativity tableau has everything they need: anti-social sheep, alpacas munching the Baby Jesus doll and a hairdresser dressed up as Santa Claus. But on Hope Farm it's going to take more than mulled wine and Christmas lights to get everyone in the festive spirit....

Molly is looking forward to her first Christmas with Shelby and Lucas, but with father and son continuing to clash and the arrival of Lucas's new girlfriend, it becomes all too clear that their living situation cannot last. And as Shelby plans to take his career to glamorous new heights, Molly fears that a mucky life with her on the farm may no longer be enough for him. 

With tensions mounting and the nativity drawing near, Molly is being pulled in too many directions. The animals, the open day, Lucas' teenage angst and Shelby's restlessness are all pushing her to her limit. And that's without the distraction of a shockingly handsome mayor....

©2020 Carole Matthews (P)2020 Hachette Audio UK

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A must read

I loved this book one of Carol Mathews finest it is a fantastic read great

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Fabulous book

Had me gripped from start to finish sad that it’s finished I could have listened for a lot lot more great

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A Magical Christmas Story

Loved this book as much as Happiness for Beginners. It was a very enjoyable continuation of the story. It made me want to go to visit the farm and the wonderful characters who live and work there. I experienced many emotions whilst reading it from happiness to anger and everything in-between. I was going to keep this book for closer to Christmas but I was dying to know what happened next so I went for it. So glad I did. Can't recommend it enough. Hope there will be another installment??

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It could’ve been better.

Spoilers Alert: I don’t understand why the author needed to ruin Shelby’s character?! I find the heroine too passive and set in her ways. Lucas is also so immature and treats his father with so much hate and disrespect beyond what is warranted.

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A slow start but got better once over few chapters

too much information about farm animals and farm at beginning. made it a bit boring to start with. got past that it was better.

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massive personality change

Nice story, but shame that Shelby's whole personality changed from the first book. Slightly predictable but nice anyway.

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Next Chapter Of Hope Farm

What a lovely treat to return to hope farm. I really enjoyed the first book - Happiness for beginners. Thanks to Carole for writing such a lovely heat-warm story which is based on a actual farm. The poems within both books are great and suit Lucus down to a tea. I hope that Carole does continue to return to Hope farm so we can catch up with Molly, Lucus, Bev and all the animals.

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Brilliant another great book from Carol Matthews

Good story, great characters, a lovely continuation of the hope farm family and a nice feel good story for the festive period would thoroughly recommend, great narration and most of all a great piece of escapism.

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Couldn’t put it down

Love the story and the narration was fab Read it in a day couldn’t wait to hear how it ended

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Great sequel

This book is a great sequel to Happiness for Beginners with the same great characters and some new ones, a must read.