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Working for a department store where Christmas arrives in August, Eve prefers her own festivities to be low key with nothing more complicated than an oven ready turkey and frozen peas while she spends the day in her pyjamas. Unfortunately, this year her husband has invited his best friend to visit, the glamorous and sophisticated Abby, and Eve reluctantly decides that she needs to inject a little sparkle into their laid back and slightly shabby Christmas. So the celebrations are upgraded to include champagne and canapes along with homemade gravy and organic turkey and plans are made for a Christmas that looks as though it has emerged from the pages of a glossy magazine.
But even the best laid plans can go wrong and as Eve struggles with her mini Yorkshire puddings and an interfering cat, she is suddenly faced with an unexpected guest and an explosive secret that threatens to put her vision of a perfect Christmas in jeopardy.
The last thing hard working Mum of two, Eve, wants is for her husband’s best friend from before they ever met to come to spend Christmas with them – and certainly not staying for all twelve days of Christmas! That’s what he’s agreed, so Abby is coming. What’s so bad about that is that Abby is always well turned out, has sophisticated tastes and really isn’t the sort of person to relax and spend the day in pyjamas, which is what they usually do. She feels she has to up her game, include more personally prepared dishes, special decorations and dressing smartly. This is going to be Eve’s Christmas to shine – a chance to create and share the perfect Christmas, or so she hopes! However, the best laid plans often go wrong . . . and with an unexpected guest, cooking disasters and shocking revelations, nothing is going to go smoothly!
My favourite character in this story has to be Eve’s eldest daughter, Alice, who is a knowledgeable teen but also so supportive of her Mum. I definitely didn’t like Abby and can’t believe Richard is still close friends with her! The relationships and attitudes are explored and redefined in this story which definitely has a message against the commercialism of Christmas and how a relaxing, family time is so much better than the magazine perfection some seek to aspire to. Will this family survive the experience without being torn apart? You’ll just have to read it for yourself to find out.
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest review after I chose to read it.
Author Bio –
Julie Butterfield belongs to the rather large group of ‘always wanted to write’ authors who finally found the time to sit down and put pen to paper – or rather fingers to keyboard.
She wrote her first book purely for pleasure and was very surprised to discover that so many people enjoyed the story and wanted more, so she decided to carry on writing.
It has to be pointed out that her first novel, ‘Did I Mention I Won The Lottery’ is a complete work of fiction and she did not, in fact, receive millions in her bank account and forget to mention it to her husband – even though he still asks her every day if she has anything to tell him!
Social Media Links – @juliebeewriter
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