Book Review: With Love at Christmas by Carole Matthews

Can the imperfect family really have the perfect Christmas? Juliet Joyce adores Christmas. She loves the presents, the tree, the turkey, the tinsel, everything. Already the festive spirit is upon her, which is just as well as this Christmas things are starting to get out of hand. Her son Tom is out of work and bringing home a slew of unsuitable partners; pregnant daughter Chloe and her little boy have moved back in; Juliet’s father, Frank, is getting over a heartbreak of his own and Rita, her eccentric mother, is behaving more erratically each day. And has the chaos got too much for Juliet’s husband Rick? With the big day fast approaching, Juliet hopes that she can stop everything spiralling out of control, because the only thing she wants is her family all around her and her home to be filled WITH LOVE AT CHRISTMAS.

This my first experience of Carole Matthews and I really enjoyed this light-hearted story. It’s the perfect Christmas read to get you in the festive spirit. Juliet reminds me of the mum in the Asda Christmas advert – the one who does everything, never stops and holds everything together (probably like most mum’s)!

This book does touch on all of your emotions. There’s happiness and joy with the birth of a new baby and the perfect Christmas day but also there’s laugh out loud humour, sadness and compassion and I’m sure on some level we can all relate to the goings on in this household, it’s so true to life.

I guessed that it was Merak staying in the shed and by this point you knew that Juliet and Rick would take him in and put him somewhere. There’s lots of good feeling in this book and helping out those less fortunate but it’s not written in a preachy way.

My favourite was part was Tom walking in on Juliet and Rick in the lounge – makes you think that this probably happens to a lot of couples with kids of all ages in some way, very funny!

Bring on the laughter, food, family and presents. I hope everyone’s Christmas is fab as it sounds in this house 🙂

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