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Christmas Magic Paperback – 11 Aug 2012

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Product details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (11 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007466935
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007466931
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 350,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘The perfect way to take time out from Christmas shopping. Five stars’ Star Magazine

‘Funny and touching … Kelly’s witty writing will warm you up’ Woman’s Own

‘This is perfect!’ Essentials Magazine

About the Author

Cathy Kelly is a number 1 bestselling author around the world. She worked as a journalist before becoming a novelist, and has published 13 bestselling books. She is also an ambassador for UNICEF in Ireland. She lives in Wicklow with her partner and their twin sons.


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oh couldnt put book down ,needed to keep reading ,author so good at drawing you in ,perfect wet sunday read
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Didn't realise these were short stories hence the rating but enjoyed them
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Reminded me of a Maeve Binchy short shory book I once read. No real substance. Just when the stories sound as if they are going somewhere, they end. OK if you just want something short to read.
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This latest book by Cathy Kelly consists of nineteen short stories. A bunch of heartfelt tales pertaining to life, love, friendship and family. My only observation would be that a couple of the stories ended too abruptly, however that did not spoil the fact that it was an enjoyable read.
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This is a wonderful feel good read. I enjoyed all the short stories and yes I too bought it without realising that it wasn't a single novel but then I should have read the fly leaf. There's a warm sympathetic feel to all the stories and they are all different. I liked the fact that most were down-to-earth illustrations of situations many of us have either shared or seen in life but I would certainly like to meet the fortune teller/life guide who figured most colourfully in one tale!
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Another nice and easy read from an author who admits in the acknowledgements that she didn't like writing short stories! I didn't realise until I started reading this that it was a book of short stories. There are 19 stories ranging from about 20-40 pages so readers will speed through them in no time. The stories are normally just the right length as well, to give some depth to the characters, without making them seem insignificant and forgettable.

There are a couple of weak stories in my opinion, and The Gap Year sticks out as being the weakest in my opinion. There are a couple of others, but that one in particular, I didn't really like. Not sure what it was, it was a perfectly good story, there just seemed to be something missing.

Not all of the stories are Christmas themed either, but they all include some kind of magic. The ones that are Christmas-themed make you want to curl up in front of a roaring fire (which the blurb states you must do and I don't have one!) and feel all festive.
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Because of the title of this novel i was expecting a lot of short stories with a Christmas flavour, but sadly this wasn't always the case. I struggled through the book & had Cathy Kelly been a lesser known author i wouldn't have even bothered finishing it. There were a few very good stories, but overall i am glad i have now got to the end.
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Format: Paperback
Cathy Kelly brings us a wonderful collection of festive short stories to warm our hearts.

With 19 stories there really is something for everyone.
I personally absolutely loved `Cassandra' and `Lizzie's Fling' but every story brings you a feeling of family, friendship and love.

With the stories ranging from 20-40 pages Its a great book if you want to devour it whole or read a story a day, it really is a book that suits all readers.

`Christmas Magic' is a very appropriate title, all the stories have a magical feeling about them and once I'd finished the book I couldn't help but keep thinking about some of the stories I'd read.

My only criticism is that a few of the stories felt to me as though they didn't have a proper ending, I was waiting for something more.

Make yourself a cup of tea, grab some chocolates and settle down with `Christmas Magic' Christmas has come early!
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