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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (25 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184756089X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847560896
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (211 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 258,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Julia Williams was born and grew up in London, one of eight children, including a twin sister. She went to St Michael's Grammar School and Liverpool University where she met her husband. They live in Surrey with their four children.
A Merry Little Christmas is her sixth book, and she is currently working on her seventh, Midsummer Magic.

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• ‘This truly lovely read is as essential as tinsel and turkey if you want to get into that warm, fuzzy mood for Christmas.’ Closer

• ‘Terrifically warm, with lovely, lively characters.’ Fiona Walker

About the Author

Julia has always made up stories in her head, and until recently she thought everyone else did too. She grew up in London, one of eight children, including a twin sister. She married Dave, a dentist, in 1989, and they have four daughters. After the birth of the second, Julia went freelance and decided to try her hand at writing. The result, her debut novel Pastures New, was a bestseller and has sold across Europe.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kayjay on 17 Dec. 2012
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I'd read and enjoyed the first book in this series and looked forward to the sequel but was fairly disappointed. Characters are not as engaging and it really annoyed me how cystic fibrosis is portrayed. I thought at first there had been a mistake and another condition was meant eg cerebal palsy, as requiring a wheelchair/hoist/computer to speak with are not generally required for someone with cystic fibrosis although daily physio is (and this was not mentioned). If an author can't get basic details of a medical condition correct the whole book loses credibility. My summary is for a small amount of money the book's ok on my Kindle to pass time, but I wouldn't spend anymore than that.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 13 Dec. 2012
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After enjoying "Last Christmas" and even re-reading it at this time of year, I was really looking forward to following these characters again, however "A Merry Little Christmas" was a real disappointment. In the sequel, I was expecting the characters to be developed further but believably (!) and a meaningful but feel good plot - however, by the time I got to the end (yes! I stuck it out through gritted teeth!) I felt that this is one of those "money for old rope" kind of sequels. There was so much repetition, especially with how Pippa feels about Dan, that it started to really get on my nerves & I found myself speedreading to try and find a bit I could engage with. I agree with the earlier review about the Lucy character & the description of Cystic Fybrosis and on the whole found the whole thing quite juvenile. It was difficult to sympathise with the characters - especially Cat's reaction to Mel's predicament (her behaviour not her thought processes) & although I was hopeful of the Gabriel, Marianne & Eve conflict - even that failed to either ignite or go anywhere. Unfortunately, I found that most of the characters that I had previously enjoyed, to be really quite wet, frustrating and having been in several of the situations in the plot - their behaviour less than believable! The character of Michael was completely pointless - especially as he didn't actually DO anything which had any direct impact on the plot and the book whilst appearing to be striving to be emotionally intelligent is actually anything but! I couldn't wait to get to the end - but for all the wrong reasons! If you want a warm, "It's a wonderful life" kind of read - stick to "Last Christmas!"
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Nicola_1202 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 Oct. 2012
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A lovely book about family, friendships and love. It isn't a book solely about Christmas; it covers a year on the run up and it made want to celebrate events with them and help them through their difficult times. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would happily recommend, festive season or not.

The 3 main characters of the book, Cat, Marianne and Pippa are great; they are strong, yet they have their weaknesses, they have the ups and downs of most marriages; have kids that are perfect, kids who are a nightmare and they are trying to balance work with home. Everything and everyone in everyday life is covered; in-laws, step-kids, nightmare colleagues, disabilities, birth and death.

My only grumble was I didn't get where Michael (who appeard to be some sort of Christmas angel) fitted in but then I discovered this was a sequel to Last Christmas and it would've probably helped if I'd read that first, so my own fault, I'll just have read that now!

(Update: Have now read Last Christmas and Michael's character makes perfect sense)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Karen Gooderham on 19 Dec. 2012
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I was really looking forward to reading this book but I was a bit dissappointed and I did not enjoy it as much as I thought I would. Christmas was only really mentioned at the beginning and end of the book. I think if I had read it at any other time of the year I would of probably given it more stars. Also found that there was a bit to much going on with four families and at times it was a bit hard to keep up!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By F Chilman on 29 Dec. 2012
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The story was okay but found it a bit repetitive. Not sure of the Michael role. Not an expert but thought that cystic fibrosis was a lung condition and wouldn't leave sufferers wheelchair bound with no speech on its own! Also felt that the get Pippa a boyfriend comment at the end wasn't appropriate as they had only just split and they were supposed to be soul mates!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DizzyC on 18 Dec. 2012
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I was really looking forward to getting into another Julia Williams novel after enjoying The Summer Season earlier this year. This one did not disappoint.

Unexpectedly, the story does not begin as the families are preparing for Christmas, but at the beginning of the year. We follow the four families throughout the year and over the festive period.

My only little niggle was that at the beginning of the novel I felt overwhelmed with getting to know the four families so quickly. I felt like I had walked into a party and was not sure how I was going to remember everyone. When you pick this one up, please do persevere, it is worth it to get to know these families.

A wonderful novel about strong women holding up their families through the up and downs of modern, complicated family life, with the support of each other. Family life that involves step-families, working mums, and special needs children. Family life that throws up unexpected events to add to the daily juggle these women have.

Superb!

9 out of 10 for me!

Thank you to Avon for a review copy. This did not influence my review in any way
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