I finally finished my May read for my Reading My Books project. In June! Nearly at the end of June!!! Oh well, there you go, that is just how life goes sometimes isn't it.
The book that I read for May was Coming Home for Christmas by Julia Williams.
Now, I should reassure you that this is not a Christmas book. The story starts and ends at Christmas, and is told across the whole year. The village where the characters live in the book is called Hope Christmas. Hence the word Christmas in the title.
Although it took me a long time to read this book, it wasn't because it wasn't a good book, it was because I simply didn't have time to read. When I did have time though I really enjoyed reading it. In fact, I would say that this was the most enjoyable of the books that I have read so far this year.
There are three friends in the village of Hope Christmas who are having difficult times. Cat is a cookery write and television presenter who fears that life is passing her by now that she has reached a certain age. Marianne is having marital difficulties because her husbands ex wife is back on the scene and is having troubles with her own family too. Pippa's life is really difficult. Her marriage to Dan has ended and there are a lot of balls for her to juggle.
When property developers come calling the three ladies start to fight against the proposals, but it isn't easy. Will they or won't they succeed in their efforts to save their village, their homes and their lives.
The characters were all realistic and very likeable. The stories told were very real too I felt and I could imagine that the writer has experienced many of the things that she writes about herself.
So, to the crunch of the matter. Did I enjoy it and would I recommend this book. I think that you have already gathered that yes, I did enjoy it and yes, I would most definitely recommend it to you!
In fact I see from the back cover of the book that there are two other "Christmas" books by the same author Merry Little Christmas and Last Christmas, so if I spotted them I would certainly pick them up to read.
One thing that I have found really interesting about this review is that it was so much easier to write that the others that I have written this year. I think that it was because I really enjoyed the book. Of course as some of you said, the more I wrote them the easier it would become, but I could wax lyrical about this book quite easily and I really believe it was because I enjoyed it so much. This has made me feel much better about my reviews!
Enjoying this book was good, being able to write a good review is good too, but the most exciting part is that I now, after months of waiting get to read the Diary of a Provincial Lady!!! This has been waiting as my treat for when I had finished the first five books from my pile. I am a few pages in already in fact and I love it!!
I think that this will be another easy to enjoy book and hopefully an easy review to write. Although I am hoping to do it in the style of the book, so that might be harder! We will see.
Once this is finished I will select another six books for the rest of the year, although who knows, perhaps I will even speed up and read more! Last year I think that I read two books, and the year before only one, so I have already increased the percentage of books that I have read by a huge amount!
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I hope that you are enjoying reading your books!