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Last Christmas: A Bumpkinton Short Story (The Bumpkinton Tales) [Kindle Edition]

Matthew Drzymala
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Length: 27 pages (estimated)
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Book Description

Father Whitworth O'Grady is tired of the same old Christmas Eve ritual. A ritual that consists of watery vegetable soup and a game of cribbage with the ageing Father Stanton.

When Father Stanton catches a nasty cold and has to decline a generous invitation to a meal with the Summers-Day family, Father O'Grady feels no guilt in popping along without him.

With the prospect of snow, cake and a near-fatal penny, could this turn into Father O'Grady's most eventful Christmas Eve ever?

Last Christmas is a prelude to the Bumpkinton novella Bittersweet.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1658 KB
  • Print Length: 27 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HFRAI12
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #512,138 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Matthew Drzymała was born in Manchester in 1981 and started to write seriously in 2011 when he took part in NaNoWriMo. Since then he has relocated to Liverpool, where he lives with his girlfriend, Elaine.

Matthew attended creative writing classes in 2012 and 2013 and has been writing almost every day since.

He hopes to one day live in a nice flat with a balcony, overlooking a river where he can sit and write while drinking tea and eating scones.


Visit Matthew Drzymała's website:
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming Christmas short story 21 Dec. 2013
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This is the first in the delightfully-named Bumpkinton series of books by this new author. The setting is a quaint village and in this story we are introduced to several of the characters, most notably little Humphrey and his parents. This is a very gentle and readable Christmas short story. It's perfect for this time of year. The book provoked smiles in all the right places; the author has an eye for comic detail and I hope he explores this further as it is promising here. Overall, a lovely little tale with an ending that, although perhaps predictable, stays just the right side of sentimentality. I look forward to other books in this series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Last Christmas 21 Dec. 2013
By Joo
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This is a sweet tale of a Christmas Eve dinner. I think it is a good introduction for more Bumpkinton books by this author and I will certainly read them. The writing was good and the story, although short (as it says in the title) is full of depth.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Cheer 21 Jun. 2014
By ElaineG TOP 100 REVIEWER
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It seems strange to be reading a Christmas story on a sunny day in June, but I am glad I did because this was a lovely little short story. Father Whitworth O’Grady has been invited for a Christmas Eve dinner at the home of a family in his parish in the village of Bumpkinton – a real treat and he is looking forward to a very special meal – his hostess Laura is a champion cakemaker after all.

It is a smashing little tale, of the perfect Christmas Eve night that we would all love to have, but very rarely get. It is traditional and heartwarming, will make you smile and giggle at times, but then leave you with a tear in your eye at the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gives you this 'feel good' feeling 19 Feb. 2014
By Frenchie TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This is a lovely short story, about normal people the day before Christmas. It is well written and I loved the descriptions, but what I loved above all, is the nice, happy feeling that this story leaves you with.
When you reach the end., you are just so warm inside that you reconcile yourself with the world.
Of course, if someone feels miserable by nature, I think they should just skip this story because they are going to hate it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric and magical 7 Feb. 2014
By S. Peel
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What and where is Bumpkinton? One of those perfect villages where everyone knows everyone else and the sun always shines, and of course it always snows at Christmas. But Matt Drzymala's fictional village has a slight thread of darkness running through it - never quite seen fully, but glimpsed in the shadows among some wonderful comic moments. The characters are solid and if this story disappoints in any way, it's only that it is so brief. Fortunately, Mr Drzymala has further stories in the series to come, and this taster makes the reader hungry for more. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A gentle tale 12 Jan. 2014
By Ignite TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is a gentle tale of Christmas in a village and centres on the parish priest. He is trying to take some of the weight of responsibility from his very elderly superior. It's full of gentle family scenes and shows a really warm human relationships (apart from hints about the village busybody!). It could be said that not much happens in most of the short story, but life's like that! This is a good start from a new author and his longer story 'Bittersweet' is decidedly meatier.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Little Read 7 Jan. 2014
By Rodders
Format:Kindle Edition
A great accompaniment to the author's other currently available work: Bittersweet.
Reading this makes you impatient for even more Bumpkinton tales.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written short 25 Dec. 2013
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Reading 'Last Christmas' with a cup of tea & piece of cake on Christmas evening was the perfect way to read this short story. Throughout reading the story, a smile would appear on my face, and I would chuckle at the subtle humour weaved into the storyline.

The characters were engaging from the start, and the quick pace and descriptive narrative of the story kept me enthralled to the end. I have also bought 'Bittersweet', the next in the Bumpkinton Tales series, and can't wait to read it now.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A Whimsical Christmas Tale
Last Christmas is an enjoyable story that evokes memories of childhood Christmas’s and provides a gentle introduction to Bumpkinton, the village where the author has set a series... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Snow is falling, ...
This is economically told, the characters are all well defined and readily recognizable, and the tale itself is almost predetermined in its wholesome predictability. Read more
Published 13 months ago by avid reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable short story
For a short story this was pretty good. You got just enough insight into a character just before the main Bumpkinton story :)
Published 13 months ago by Stephen Simpson
3.0 out of 5 stars easy reading short story
Short story with an unusual but predictable ending, it was enjoyable for a free book.
The author writes very well.
Published 13 months ago by Don Lewis
3.0 out of 5 stars Last Christmas: A Bumpkinton Short Story
Quite a good book, was very predictable, but still enjoyed it . Glad it was a short story as if it had been longer it would be boring
Published 18 months ago by SHARON HUGGINS
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice wee Christmas story.
A nice wee story. Easy reading when you don't want anything too taxing. Good Christmas reading after a hectic day.
Published 19 months ago by Libby
4.0 out of 5 stars Festive family fun
This is a heart-warming short story of one family's Christmas Eve. It's a light, very breezy read that's perfect for a lazy afternoon.
Published 19 months ago by S
4.0 out of 5 stars Christmas cheer
What a lovely read snuggled up on Christmas Eve! Last Christmas is an entertaining short story full of warmth and humour. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mrs. Sarah L. Kinmond
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