As Christmas approaches, everything seems to be falling into place for Dossie. Her son Clem and his adorable five-year-old son Jakey have moved to Cornwall to be closer to her. She runs her own successful catering business. All she needs now is for the run of bad luck in her romantic life to end. Forming a slightly unconventional family setup with Dossie are the jovial nuns of the local convent and the wonderfully eccentric Janna. With humour, kindness and a deep need of somewhere to belong, they form a tight bond. But will this close-knit unit who so depend on each other still be together next Christmas?
©2011 Marcia Willett (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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"A gentle tale evoking images of Cornwall"
Despite the start being a little confusing I really warmed to this book. The story is entertaining and kept my interest throughout.
"Middle class Christmas?"
A warm tale about life in rural Cornwall. I persevered with this book expecting a Christmas miracle. Unfortunately it never really happened. I felt that there should have been some sort of crescendo, I even listened to the last couple of chapters again thinking that I must have missed something. In all, if you you're not looking for anything too exciting, it's an excellent choice! It is well read and for the 'price' I really cannot complain.
"Gentle story, beautifully read"
I really enjoyed this story - my first book from this author.
Good pace, well read - great accents - lovely structure.
An ideal read for the Christmas period :)
"Catching, a lovely little story, quite delightfull"
I'm so glad Audible had this as a advent offer. I'd never have happened upon it otherwise. The story builds up wonderfull and loveble characters that gradually evolve through a year of changes. I found myself interested and warmed by their journey and when the story ended I wanted more. The narration is mild and unobtrusive, clearly conveying the characters through subtle changes in tone and accents. A well worth read and especially apt for the season.
"If your a fan of Marcia Willet, you'll love this."
As I have not read it in print I really shouldn't comment. I enjoyed the narrated version very much.
The small grandchild was quite endearing in this.
I like Phyllida's renditions, they seem down to earth and no unnecessary nonsense. The story is important, so a good narrator should blend with it.
"A Christmas Surprise"
What a great listen. The narrative held me. the characters delightfully human. And there were answers. Loved it.
"The Christmas Angel - Sparkling storytelling!"
Thank you Audible for suggesting The Christmas Angel. A very pleasurable listen. The story contains a fascinating selection of characters, and a varied selection of sub-plots, not all that easy to grab hold of straight away but once one gets hold of them they are tremendous fun. A fascinating look at life from a slightly different perspective. Well read by Phyllida Nash. A few points in the recording where pauses have been left out, which slightly spoiled the overall experience, but this is definitely one recording that I will be listening too again. Highly recommended.
"Good story for the Christmas hols"
I listened to this over the Christmas holidays and whilst not being set purely at Christmas it was a very fitting book. It is a book which deals with relationships - friendships, love, family. I found that I was finding things to do (including cleaning) to justify listening to it. It is not too meaty but is a good holiday listen.
Sweet Christmas story with lots of loveable characters. Sad at times but overall an upbeat tale about the importance of a loving family.
"A really feel good book"
A year in the life of a child and the innocence of believing at Christmas
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