Coming Home for Christmas is a beautifully observed story about the importance of family, the magic of Christmas, and falling in love one snowflake at a time.
Fans of Trisha Ashley, Susan Wiggs, Carole Matthews and Susan Mallery - and anyone who loves the sound of carols and the twinkling of lights on the Christmas tree - will adore Jenny Hale's feel-good debut.
Christmas is a time for family... isn't it?
Allie Richfield loves Christmas, so when she lands a job as House Manager for the amazing Ashford Estate - which includes organizing the Marley family festivities - she is in her element. With a budget bigger than her life savings and a team of staff, how hard can it be?
As one-by-one she meets the Marleys, she’s about to find out...
Allie’s new boss, Robert, might be gorgeous, but he’s also colder than the snow outside and refuses to come home for Christmas. Robert’s playboy brother, Kip, flirts with her relentlessly; and his sister, Sloane, arrives home with baggage - both the divorce-kind and the Louis Vuitton kind. Their ninety-two year old grandmother, Pippa, spends her day grumbling at them all from her mobility scooter.
With Robert intending to sell Ashford, it’s the Marley’s last chance to create some happy memories in their family home - and Allie is determined to make it happen... even if it takes a little Christmas magic! With the festive spirit in full swing, she might even discover a little happiness of her own...
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It is a perfect story for anyone looking to read a heartwarming story of love and the holidays. As you listen through this love story you will be swept away with Ms. Hale's captivating words. You find yourself questioning which leading man will win Allie's heart. A true Christmas story.
ZZZZZZ...oh hey thanks for waking me up for the review. This book could have been so interesting, but it gets lost in the drawn out story and confusing romance.
Here is why I say the romance is confusing. You have no idea which brother to route for. Allie starts off crushing on Robert, then later meets Kip, has a flirtation with hims and kind of dating , definitely kissing, the whole time thinking about Robert. This kind of thing does not fly for me in romances. I like one clear couple, no kissy-face of thinking about somebody else. It just smacks of cheating to me.
This would have been better as a simple fiction about the family and the internal struggle about selling the house. There were too many plot points to pick-up and it was very slow going.
I listened to the audiobook narrated by Teri Schnaubelt, who to her credit kept me listening long after I was bored with the story. She has a terrific pace, she picks up the speed of the story as best she can. It was because of her I kept listening, even though I no longer cared what happened with these people. He voices were distinct and consistent throughout.
If you are looking for a holiday romance, this isn't it, but it might fit the bill as a fiction.
Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.
OMG! What a fantastic book! This book so so awesome, I fell in love with it from the beginning. What a wonderful tale to read at Christmastime too! I loved the voice for Robert. There was something alluring in that voice right from the start!
This is a book about a family that has lost their way and a house that has been home for generations, but is now, only a shell of a house! It takes a loving family to make a house a real home.
Allie Richfield accepts a new job as a house manager for the Ashford Estate. Ashford Estate is aging as fast as the family that lives there, then Allie hears the house is going up for sale. Pippa the grandmother has been fighting the sale as when she was ill she signed the house to all 3 of her grandchildren to keep it in the family. Roberts siblings sold their share to Robert, making him sole owner.
There is something about Allie and her presence that just makes people feel at home. While Allie is managing the Ashford home, the family members begin to feel more like she is family than a servant. Kip flips a coin with Allie to win 3 dates. While Allie goes on the dates with Kip, she feels a continuous pull towards Robert. And the story continues...
As a rule, I don't like to compare books with other books because if someone doesn't like the book I referred, they wouldn't like this book either, HOWEVER... Fans of Susan Mallery, Susan Wiggs, even Nora Roberts - I feel you will love this book just as much! I am very impressed with it myself as I intend to read this book again.
This is my first read by the Author Jenny Hale and it won't be my last! Ms Hale did a great job writing this tale. It has a great plot, light romance and lots of love of family in it. This book grabbed me from the start and I didn't want it to end. I did want to kick Robert and say what took you so long! The narrator Teri Schanubelt did another great job delivering this story to us. I just love this narrator and all her voices. She spoke clearly and to me seemed liked she captured all the essence this story had to tell. Such a good book! Kudos ladies <3.
Avid reader (listener) and Audible Fan!
Such an engaging Christmas story~very well written and expertly narrated by Teri Schnaubelt. Loved all of the characters but Pippa was my favorite~she knew her strengths and weaknesses and was also quite aware of her family's problems. Robert and Kip could be irritating at times but Allie was quite able to handle both of them. I actually felt I was at the Ashford Estate with the Marley family because the descriptions of the players and surroundings were so well crafted. Many valuable lessons of love, loss, forgiveness, and the true meaning of family and Christmas shine through in this tale. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Santa Fe Painter
Perfect story to put the listener in the mood for family, romance and the holiday season.
It makes me happy to wake up everyday and look forward to listening. Many times I listen while doing artwork. I find it very relaxing.
Coming Home for Christmas was such a delight for my soul. It was a true testament of what it means to be a family. With a sweet Christmas setting, this story found its way into my heart right away. This is another great one that will stay with me for a long time.
With Allie coming home and spending Christmas with her own family, she found love and life with another family and a deep connection with Pippa, the matriarch of the beautiful and once lively Ashford Estate. The estate was being put up for sale due to Pippa’s ailing health and old age, causing a riff in the family.
There were so many meaningful moments in this book such as why Allie liked flipping a coin to make certain decisions. It was something she and her sister had done all their lives. The stories that Pippa told her about how she spent most of her life in the house and how she came to raise the three siblings was so heartwarming. I could go on and on. Huge kudos to the author Jenny Hale for writing such a terrific story. With her writing and Teri’s narration I would recommend listening to this audiobook a hundred times over. I sincerely loved it.
About the narrator: Teri Schnaubelt was an absolute perfect match for this story. She is an AMAZING voice actor. She delivered this lovely story flawlessly without skipping a beat. Her voice and reading were so natural it was as if she were sitting by the fireplace speaking from her own heart. I could rave on and on about Teri as well but her talent speaks for itself. This was definitely an outstanding performance.
Review copy received foc inx for an unbiased review.
The book it was recorded from, and the narration.
Yes, through the main characters voice and actions.
Nothing, the narrator does a good job telling it.
Overall, this is an enjoyable audio book.
The book started out as a copy of 50 shades of gray but quickly turned to hallmark quality, one knew the ending it just had to skirt around a few corners to get there.
All in all it was a great read/listen.
I received this book free for a review.
"Narrators accent so very irritating."
Have only listened to about half an hour so cannot give an answer.
The write up sounded like my cup of tea but as soon as I started listening I knew I would never to be able to listen to this woman's accent for over 8 hours
"A million miles away from literature."
So it was't as bad as 50 shades of grim but this was poor girl gets rich man by reason of her sparkling personality or good looks. Not sure which enabled her to pull the man but there was no indication of a personality so she must have been a stunner.
He just bought her a school, and a big mansion. Oh why can't I find a rich man who is single and handsome who just buys me a school and a big mansion............
Pride and Prejudice - not!
"Hated this book, could not finish it"
I found it boring, not my sort of book
no comment, just not my sort of book! My mistake for buying it.
I found the plot to be patronising and unrealistic, I became annoyed with the main character for being completely illogical in her thought process. I preserved till the end and wish I had quit this book much earlier.
"great read "
this book is a beautiful love storey unfolds before your ears once you start its captivating you just can't stop your self from listening fab fab fab
"Coming Home for Christmas.A beautiful story"
Emotional, family love, romantic.
I loved the different personalities of the character in this story and how Ally discovered so much about the people she'd began to work for with an honest heart and was able to try and bridge the gap between them for a last Christmas in their home.
I think Teri brought the voices out of the character so beautifully that they felt like they came alive in my mind.
I did some parts made me feel sad and other laugh and happy. I think this story takes you through lots of emotions throughout the festive season.
Coming Home for Christmas is a beautiful story about a family who are very different with each other and their last Christmas in their home. And their is a lot of love for family and a bit of romance too. So will all the family make it to the festivity and be together one last time? Or will differences force them to spend it apart? Listen to this audioook to find out...
Easy to listen
Discriptions of the characters were excellent
will definately listen to more books by Jenny Hale
"Dull storyline that doesn't go anywhere"
I was really disappointed by this book, it's easy to listen to but such a monotonous storyline that doesn't go anywhere, i couldn't be bothered to listen to the last hour of it so I just skipped to the end... And was shocked by the dull ending.
I loved every minute of this book. Perfect for winter December evening.
A must read for the feel good factor
"A Christmas romance"
When Robert opened the Christmas present.
If you’re searching for a feel-good, romance with a Christmassy feel then look no further. Allie takes a job as a house manager and is set to plan their family Christmas meeting. The only trouble is the family are set against each other by the coming sale of the property. Matters get even more complicated when Allie receives the attention of Kip, the playboy brother of her employer. Allie is stuck between the playful kip and serious, but incredibly sexy Robert, and only the elderly Pippa can help sort the problem. A delightful Christmassy read with a real family feel.
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