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For once, Kate Peters would like a happy, family Christmas; the kind of Christmas seen in the movies. She wants harmony and happiness, smiling, glowing faces, tables groaning with food, carol singing around the tree. She wants love, kindness, and goodwill to all men, especially in
her own house.
What she doesn’t want is drama. Absolutely no drama, whatsoever.
But what she gets is three stroppy children, two equally stroppy grandmothers, a husband who can’t manage to change a lightbulb, and Pepe the poodle.
It’s no wonder she feels unappreciated, overworked, and ignored. At the end of her tinsel-coated tether, and with the only Christmas spirit being in the form of a bottle of raspberry gin, Kate decides to leave them to it, and see how they manage without her.
A quiet little hotel somewhere near the sea, where she can pretend Christmas doesn’t exist, is just the thing she needs. Isn’t it?
I had read and thoroughly enjoyed The Summer of Going Topless by Liz Davies so jumped at the opportunity to read this book and I’m so glad I did! This is the story of a somewhat dysfunctional family where Mum, Kate Peters, is the one expected to go to work, do all the housework, cook, clean, taxi her children around and organise everything for Christmas – including having both her critical mother-in-law and her moaning Mum (and her horrendous poodle, Pepe) come to stay.
Kate is dreaming of a movie worthy family Christmas, instead she has a family of selfish, demanding, unappreciative and argumentative members. Her three children don’t seem to like anything about each other, her husband comes home from work and expects to be waited on and won’t help with the children and as for the moaning wrinklies – absolutely dire! Things are so bad that this is laugh out loud funny – but only because you’re looking in on it and not actually involved. How on earth someone could put up with everything life is throwing at Kate, I have no idea! She’s a brilliant character and so patient with everyone they all take advantage of her until she has had enough and leaves them all to it!
Although it doesn’t sound a funny read, it really is. The interactions between the family members – including Pepe the poodle – are vividly brought to life and I loved how it is resolved in the end. It is a story full of love, though initially this has been forgotten as more selfish emotions surface. It involves developing awareness, someone else taking charge and standing up for her and love finding a way to bring them all back to work together to make it a real Christmas celebration.
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest review after choosing to read it. I highly recommend it anyone who enjoys funny, heartwarming, festive family dramas with great characters and lots of love.
Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07XC7FJHK
Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07XC7FJHK
Author Bio –
Liz Davies writes feel-good, light-hearted stories with a hefty dose of romance, a smattering of humour, and a great deal of love.
She’s married to her best friend, has one grown-up daughter, and when she isn’t scribbling away in the notepad she carries with her everywhere (just in case inspiration strikes), you’ll find her searching for that perfect pair of shoes. She loves to cook but isn’t very good at it, and loves to eat – she’s much better at that! Liz also enjoys walking (preferably on the flat), cycling (also on the flat), and lots of sitting around in the garden on warm, sunny days.
She currently lives with her family in Wales, but would ideally love to buy a camper van and travel the world in it.
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