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The Mother of All Christmases

Narrated by: Colleen Prendergast
Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (192 ratings)

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Summary

The most perfect Christmas feel-good listen!

Eve Glace - co-owner of the theme park Winterworld - is having a baby, and her due date is a perfectly timed 25th December. And she’s decided that she and her husband, Jacques, should renew their wedding vows with all the pomp and Christmas ceremony that was missing from the first time round. But things keep going wrong in Winterworld - is it because the the usually competent site manager, Effin Williams, has lost his focus, or is there something more sinister going on? 

Annie Pandoro and her husband, Joe, own a small Christmas cracker factory and are well set up and happy together despite life never blessing them with a much-wanted child. But when Annie finds that the changes happening to her body aren’t typical of the menopause but pregnancy, her joy is uncontainable. 

Palma Collins has agreed to act as a surrogate, hoping the money will give her a helping hand out of the gutter in which she finds herself. But when the couple split up just after she finds out she is pregnant, she is left carrying the baby.

Annie, Palma and Eve all meet at the ‘Christmas Pudding Club’, a new directive started by a forward-thinking young doctor to help mums-to-be mingle and share their pregnancy journeys. Will this group help each other to find love, contentment and peace as Christmas approaches?

The brand-new novel from the Sunday Times best-selling author of The Perfectly Imperfect Woman; a gorgeous listen full of love, life, laughter - and crackers! 

©2018 Milly Johnson (P)2018 Simon & Schuster UK

Critic reviews

"Every time you discover a new Milly book, it’s like finding a pot of gold." (Heat) 

"A glorious, heartfelt novel." (Rowan Coleman)

"Absolutely loved it. Milly's writing is like getting a big hug with just the right amount of bite underneath. I was rooting for Bonnie from the start." (Jane Fallon)

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Brilliant just brilliant!!!!

Oh dear what a rollercoaster of a book. You laugh you cry but most of all thoroughly enjoy it. I loved all the characters and hope to read about how their lives progress from here.

This must be my absolute favourite book by milly so far.

Roll on the next book ❤️

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  • Kathy
  • Brighton, UK
  • 24-11-18

Too many storylines and characters

Milly Johnson always writes with great humour and has a great gift for making you sympathise with the characters. There were some heartwarming - and heartbreaking moments. I really felt for the principal character, Parma (Palma?) But I found the constant introduction of folk from previous novels and all the mini-themes a bit overwhelming. Would rather have read this as two or three different books than squashed into one.

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Great Christmas read!

Loved this story! Such w feel good, heart warming tale. Narration very good. Would thoroughly recommend. Will definitely read more books by this author.

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A busy story

At times I felt a bit lost or found it hard to follow with So many characters. There was always something going on with someone. However what a lovely story. Makes you laugh out loud and bawl your eyes out. Amazing welsh too!

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Another belter.

Didn't think it could but this one was better than the previous ones. Totally amazing.

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brilliant

love it
laughed and cried
brilliant performance excellent accents throughout
keep them coming
more please

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brilliantly done

another excellent story which lovingly brought together a lot of the characters from her other books. Her books seems almost like a soap opera in their own wee world and link to each other through.

if love to see all her books come together in a TV mini series.

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she's done it again!

Milly Johnson never fails to write a good book with a good all round story. I love the humour content and at times have been stared at by strangers for laughing out loud. if you are ever feeling down pick up any of her books and you will be entirely imersed for hours! Well done again.

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Lovely story

It was a lovely story and I looked forward to listening to it each day, but it was annoying when it constantly referred to a baby as being in the mother’s stomach. Abdomen may have been a better word, we don’t digest our young while growing them.

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  • Sam
  • Dagenham, Essex, United Kingdom
  • 19-01-19

She never disappoints!!

Heat-warming, heart-breaking and everything in between. So wonderful to meet so many of the previous characters, and be submerged back into Milly Johnson’s world. Highly recommend!

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  • Jan
  • 29-03-19

The Mother of All Christmases

The Mother of All Christmases. This was a good story as usual with a great narrater As in the first book. Eve though still seems a bit on the selfish side for instance not telling her husband when she finds out she is pregnant. She is not my favourite. The other characters are great. I had to keep giving it a break as the ridiculous comments on the Daily Trumpet drive me crazy
The first one or two comments a few books ago were ok but now they are just completely stupid. I think they are supposed to be funny but I just find them so annoying. It puts me off Milly's books. So I just take ages to get through them by keep taking a break.

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  • Fred Duzan
  • 09-01-19

Not a good Christmas Story

It started out extremely slow and not even understandable where the story was going. I finally gave up on listening to it.

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  • Tanya
  • 17-11-18

The Best!

Milly Johnson delivers another book to make you laugh and cry. I always enjoy her stories and if you're an avid reader of hers, you'll recognize a number of characters and the Daily Trumpet. Please never change the editor of that paper. I laugh until I cry at those corrections. The narrator is wonderful, as always and again, as always, I was terribly sad to reach the end of the book!