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Publisher's Summary

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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Not a romance for me

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.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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A christmas story

Any additional comments?

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.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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loved this

A touching, romantic story of family, priorities, and love. This was a wonderful story. Looking for more by author now.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Very sentimental

The story was one of the most help heartwarming ones that I have read in a very long time I plan on listening to it again

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great Holiday Romance

Where does Coming Home for Christmas rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This was my favorite holiday romance of the four or five that I read this season.

Any additional comments?

Although the storyline is predictable, the author did a great job keeping us in just enough suspense so that the plot development and conclusion were satisfying. This was a great, light escape into a world of merriment and family. Good for readers who enjoy cozy romances and want to get in the holiday spirit.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Sweet Story

What did you like best about Coming Home for Christmas? What did you like least?

Very well written, but, it needed some excitement.

Would you be willing to try another book from Jenny Hale? Why or why not?

Sure why not.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Yes, the narrator did a good job.

Could you see Coming Home for Christmas being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Maybe in the Hallmark Channel

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Silly And Juvenile

What would have made Coming Home for Christmas better?

There is nothing wrong with this story but it was obviously written for a "Young Adult" audience and should have been promoted by Audible in that category.

Has Coming Home for Christmas turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, but in the future I will certainly obtain more information to assure myself that the "reviewers" are not teenagers.

Which scene was your favorite?

None - am about an hour in and cannot listen any longer.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment to have wasted my money and time.

Any additional comments?

This book has way too much e-mail activity and the main character - "Allie" - behaves more like an adolence school girl in every scene and questions herself about "crossing" the line between employee and employer after each inappropriate action - on please !!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Terri
  • United States
  • 12-23-14

A very captivating read!

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.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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What a Wonderful Listen!

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

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Rek
  • New Jersey
  • 03-14-15

Feel Good!

I love an ending that puts a smile on my face. This will be a book I will listen to again and again.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Kathy
  • 12-16-15

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!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Mrs W
  • 12-13-15

Hated this book, could not finish it

What disappointed you about Coming Home for Christmas?

I found it boring, not my sort of book

What was most disappointing about Jenny Hale’s story?

Boring story

How could the performance have been better?

Not sure

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment

Any additional comments?

no comment, just not my sort of book! My mistake for buying it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Catherine Hazleton
  • 12-11-15

Terrible storyline

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • scotty
  • 12-27-14

Narrators accent so very irritating.

What disappointed you about Coming Home for Christmas?

Narrator

Has Coming Home for Christmas put you off other books in this genre?

No

Would you be willing to try another one of Teri Schnaubelt’s performances?

Never.

What character would you cut from Coming Home for Christmas?

Have only listened to about half an hour so cannot give an answer.

Any additional comments?

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

24 of 32 people found this review helpful

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  • Dee
  • 08-26-16

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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Holly.
  • 07-14-16

Coming Home for Christmas.A beautiful story

If you could sum up Coming Home for Christmas in three words, what would they be?

Emotional, family love, romantic.

What did you like best about this story?

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.

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

I think Teri brought the voices out of the character so beautifully that they felt like they came alive in my mind.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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.

Any additional comments?

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...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Angie
  • 05-03-16

enjoyable

Easy to listen
Discriptions of the characters were excellent
surprise ending.
will definately listen to more books by Jenny Hale

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Charlotte
  • 01-04-16

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • I OFarrell
  • 12-14-15

A Christmas romance

What was one of the most memorable moments of Coming Home for Christmas?

When Robert opened the Christmas present.

Any additional comments?

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Glen
  • 04-07-17

Awful

A story of a self obsessed, puerile, money grabber which is badly written, long winded and boring.