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Meet Me Under the Mistletoe [Paperback]

Abby Clements
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Book Description

25 Oct 2012

Childhood friends Laurie and Rachel used to be inseparable - but their lives have taken very different paths since they picked up their A-level results together. Now thirty-five, they have all but fallen out of touch; glamorous single girl Laurie is based in London and dedicated to her career in fashion; Rachel seemingly living the family idyll in Yorkshire.

But when Rachel's mother-in-law needs urgent treatment in London, and disasters at work and in her love life mean Laurie needs to flee, a house swap falls into place. Soon gentle Rachel is far from the village bake sales, braving the city's mean streets while trying to keep her marriage and family together; while Laurie attempts to work an Aga, befriend the wary village locals - and forget the man who seems intent on breaking her heart. Will their relationships survive this test? And will they make it home for Christmas?


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (25 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780876629
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780876627
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 12.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (292 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'a warm and charming winter treat, sparkling with wit and the feel-good factor. It's a great Christmas read!' Miranda Dickinson.

'Warm, romantic and aglow with Christmas sparkle, Meet Me Under the Mistletoe is a fun and fabulous festive read' Victoria Fox, author of Temptation Island.

'Funny, inspiring and light hearted ... The perfect Christmas read' Inspire.

'a light, fun, feel-good Christmas read' Caroline Smailes.

'An absolute Christmas cracker of a book! (Sorry but it had to be said!) ... This book was truly delightful' Bookworm.

'a wonderful read ... it's everything I wanted in a Christmas book' Chicklit Chloe.

'a great debut and a light, entertaining read for winter nights' Biscuits, Books and Tea.

'A lovely novel to dream away with on a cold winter's day' Page to Stage.

'Her writing has a very warm and inviting style and I think she is one to look out for in the future' Dot Scribbles.

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Childhood friends Laurie and Rachel used to be inseparable. Now thirty-five, they have all but fallen out of touch; glamorous single girl Laurie is based in London and dedicated to her career in fashion; Rachel seemingly living the family idyll in Yorkshire. But when Rachel's mother-in-law needs urgent treatment in London, and disasters at work and in her love life mean Laurie needs to flee, a house swap falls into place. Soon gentle Rachel is braving the city's mean streets while trying to keep her marriage and family together; while Laurie attempts to befriend the wary village locals - and forget the man who seems intent on breaking her heart. Will their relationships survive this test? And will they make it home for Christmas?


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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chick Lit at its best 12 Nov 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Now this, ladies and gentlemen, is what you call chick lit: two polar opposite female protagonists, small picturesque village, atmospheric festive London, deliciously manly men all embroiled in high-emotion dramas.

The writing style is confident and smooth, meaning Meet Me Under The Mistletoe goes down as easily as a hunk of chocolate cake washed down with a cuppa. The plot almost splits into two, telling separate stories, but also cleverly interweaves to keep the basis of the concept together, and you're never given a chance to get bored. It's the perfect stocking filler, and great for relaxing with, so make sure you put it on your Chrimbo list.

Reviewed by Charlotte Foreman on behalf of BestChickLit.com
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring and predictable 10 Jan 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I honestly couldn't have given two hoots about any of the characters, and only finished it because I was poorly over Christmas. Basic concept is working girl, no family on one hand and full time mum, unfulfilled on the other. They swap lives under really contrived circumstances and guess what? Yup, it all ends happily ever after, but you end up wishing it didn't just to liven it up a bit.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
By Megan ReadingInTheSunshine TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I'm a very Christmassy person, I start talking about Christmas in August and I literally can never wait to put all my decorations up as soon as it hits December. One thing I especially love as a reader is books with a Christmas theme, and so as soon as I saw Abby Clements new book I could not wait to start it!

We open the story at the start of a very big morning for Laurie. At the fashion label she works at, the handbag that Laurie has been in charge of for months has its release date on that very date. Full of excitement, she rushes into work to await its delivery. But when a mistake happens, her career comes crashing down on her. Told to take a few months off `as a break', Laurie is devastated.

Up in Yorkshire is Rachel, married to the handsome Aiden, and a mum to two children, teenager Milly and little Zak. She is living the perfect life with a loving family, and preparing for Christmas. All of a sudden, Rachel's mother-in-law Bea falls ill and needs urgent treatment in London.

When childhood friends Laurie and Rachel get in contact again, a house-swap falls into place, with some interesting and surprising results.

I really really enjoyed Meet Me Under The Mistletoe. The story was a lovely read, and I found that I could go along with the story at a pace that suited me, I liked how easy it was to read, I liked the themes that were incorporated in, and I liked the warm happy feeling that the story left me with long after I had finished.

Although there are essentially two separate stories - Rachel's chapters and Laurie's chapters - Abby Clements manages to cleverly and subtly blend them in with each other, and this allows the story to flow at a beautiful pace.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Left Me With a Big Smile and the Warm Fuzzies! 12 Nov 2012
By Jess Hearts Books VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Christmas is by far my favourite time of the year and as soon as Halloween is over with I allow myself to start getting a little bit excited for it! This means starting on my festive chick-lit books that I look forward to reading all year and at the very top of that pile this year was Meet Me Under The Mistletoe and so on November 1st I pulled this one down from the shelf and prepared myself for a heart-warming festive read and this book certainly delivered!

The book begins on November 20th with chapters alternating between Laurie and Rachel two very different leading ladies. Laurie and Rachel were best friends during high school but over the years have fallen out of touch as life has taken them down separate paths. Laurie is a city girl who works for a big fashion company in London and Rachel lives in the countryside and is a stay at home mum. But when things start going wrong in both women's lives during the countdown to Christmas, life throws them back together again when they agree to do a house swap to take a break and get their affairs in order. Needless to say the plot has a similar feel to that of the Christmas movie The Holiday which is one of my all-time favourites and if you're a fan of that film I think that you'll enjoy this book's theme too.

I love when books have more than one main character and I thought that it worked particularly well for this book. Prior to reading, in other reviews I read that you're either a Laurie or a Rachel kind of gal and I'd definitely say that I'm a Laurie. That's not to say that I disliked Rachel I just connected with Laurie more and enjoyed her chapters the most.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely 24 Nov 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Lovely easy read to get you into the mood for festivities! Family, romance, friendships and plenty of Christmas cheer, enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it. 24 Nov 2013
By cat
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Enjoyed the story very much.
I would read another story.
I love these stories this time of year.
Love a happy ending.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 3 Dec 2012
By Agi
Format:Paperback
First of all, the cover of the book is just F - A - N - T - A - s - T - I - C. I am such a sucker when it comes to such covers, so sweet and festive, and so, so nice.
Then, the book itself have me hooked from the very first page to the very last one. It was a fabulous read. I don't know why, because maybe the plot was not the most ambitious, but it was written in such a pleasant, warm and emotional way. Very likeable characters, very nice people, very likeable problems. I loved Rachel and Laurie, I loved Rachel's family - but, sad to say, not Aiden. He played on my nerves so, so much, I just hated the way he treated Rachel, and even if I understand he did this all for the family, I couldn't stand his humours and his "But don't you understand". Of course she understood, but she is a woman as well and she can hope, can't she? And he wouldn't win me over with his christmas present, oh no.
And I must say that the book was not so predictable for me, I have thought it will end different for Laurie, for Milly, for Aiden, but this time - no. and it's good so:)
So, all in all, very nice read, very clear, very logical, and very, very warm and full of feelings. What else can one need for a long, winter evening? Made me want Christmas to come immediately:)
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Published 9 days ago by Vicki Romagnoli
4.0 out of 5 stars the importance of valuing your friends even when distant...
Enjoyed it very much. Lovely story about friendship: the importance of valuing your friends even when distant geographically. Read more
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She's not the greatest writer in the world. The storyline is ever so predictable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars merry Christmas!
A lovely girly book. Just the book to read on a cold evening with a glass of wine. Easy to read. I would recommend it!
Published 26 days ago by Julie Turvey
5.0 out of 5 stars Meet me under the mistletoe
This was an uplifting story. It was light hearted easy reading with a good story. Great for winter and a happy conclusion, really enjoyed it.
Published 1 month ago by Wendy Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Mistletoe
As with other books, I selected this to read in quiet periods over the Christmas period. I required something easy to read whilst relaxing apart from the festivities. Read more
Published 1 month ago by N Tonkin
2.0 out of 5 stars Meet me under the mistletoe
I didn't like this at all and didn't bother to finish it. Very twee and not realistic. Prefer more gripping and down to earth novels.
Published 2 months ago by Jeff Robins
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lovely Read.
Set in London and Yorkshire this is about the very different lives of two women, The story was easy to follow, the trials and tribulations of both women were eventually sorted out... Read more
Published 2 months ago by R L B
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
I really enjoyed this book. Good characters and storyline. A real feel good book. I couldn't put it down. Highly recommended.
Published 2 months ago by Julie H
5.0 out of 5 stars Meet me under the Mistletoe
Good story. Enjoyable read for a wet and miserable day. Makes me think I should buy some more of this authors work.
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