Coming Home For Christmas – Julia Williams
Source: Personal Copy.
Cat needs to get off the ‘has-been’ heap and rescue her flagging TV career but the demands of her extended family are reaching fever pitch and she barely has time to breathe. Meanwhile, Pippa has got too many balls to juggle as a struggling single mum trying to hang on to her family farm. And Marianne’s marriage is looking distinctly rocky now her beloved husband’s ex is back on the scene.
Happy Christmas? Forget it.
But Christmas is a time for miracles, and when the villagers learn they must fight for what they love, it becomes clear that there is festive magic in the air.
Suddenly for Cat, Pippa and Marianne, it’s looking like it might just be a Christmas to remember …
I was seriously looking forward to reading Coming Home For Christmas and getting to know Julia Williams as an author because I hadn’t read anything by her. Straight in, I found a laid-back vibe, and a story about village life told by three close friends, Pippa, Cat, and Marianne. And, with a diary entry every so often from Pippa’s ex-husband Dan.
Excited as I was, I was very disappointed with the read. I found the swapping of character narration after a paragraph or few confusing, as half of the time by the time I had gotten back round to that certain character, I had either forgot what was going on, or found it didn’t pick up where it left off. It felt very disjointed. I also felt I was constantly being retold things throughout. That really had my eyes rolling. I unfortunately didn’t make any connections with any of the characters, which hindered the overall story. I also felt the 90% of the book was just dilemma, after dilemma, after dilemma. There was no joy at all until the last 10%. It was just too much moaning for me, and I’m a seriously good moaner too.
I hate that this is such a negative review, but Coming Home For Christmas was just not for me.