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With Love at Christmas | [Carole Matthews]

With Love at Christmas

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 heartbreak of his own; and Rita, her eccentric mother, is behaving more erratically each day.
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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 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.

©2012 Carole Matthews (P)2012 Isis Publishing Ltd

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  • Saffy
    UK
    12/31/13
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    "Disappointingly dull"

    I have previously enjoyed 'A cottage by the sea' and 'Calling Mrs Christmas' but was very disappointed in this Christmas offering from Carole Matthews. It did appear to be a hastily written piece for the Christmas market with a very flimsy plot and poor characterisation. I found it difficult to like any of the characters and the only thing that kept me listening was Julia Franklin's excellent narration.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Patricia
    20090, Italy
    1/8/14
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    "A lovely Christmas story"
    If you could sum up With Love at Christmas in three words, what would they be?

    Lovely,funny,witty, could happen to all of us


    What was one of the most memorable moments of With Love at Christmas?

    When Holly was born, when Samuel died, and above the carpet scene when Tom came in unexpected


    What does Julia Franklin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    She really was Juliette telling her own story; and Julia (or Juliette), was very appropriate


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would have liked to and did listen way into the night in a very few bouts, not getting much "beauty sleep" but it was well worth it.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved it, will recommend it. I laughed a lot, shed a few tears, guessed early on that it was Myrak in the shed. Carole Matthews is a wonderful author

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • vicki
    United Kingdom
    12/14/13
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    "Waste of time"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The family in this story so revolting that I couldn't even get past chapter 5. Couldn't relate to this family , might worked better as a horror story, really disliked it.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Carole Matthews again?

    No, after this experience I wouldn't take the chance life is too short


    How could the performance have been better?

    Performance would of improved with better material, one would hope


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from With Love at Christmas?

    As I couldn't gat past chapter 5 I would as editor not published story


    Any additional comments?

    Had promise but this imperfect family just didn't cut it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sandra
    Bridgwater, United Kingdom
    3/1/13
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    "Love at Christmas a very nice story"

    Very enjoyable story and good narration.It made me chuckle a few times all about family and friends and good will at Christmas.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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