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A Merry Little Christmas by [Williams, Julia]
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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1137 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (25 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184756089X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847560896
  • ASIN: B008QS2MK4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 237 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #75,067 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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wow what a good read could not put it down, sounds just like my family as we have a very special needs child as well. would have been nice to no it was book 2, i have just got book 1 and see if some things become clear.
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I couldn't put this book down. It was brilliant from start to finish, had me laughing and crying all the way through!
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Good Christmas story
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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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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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***SPOILER ALERT***

I wanted to like this book, and I felt it had potential. I finished it, as I always try to, but it was a chore.

Each time Lucy's 'Cystic Fibrosis' was mentioned I wanted to scream! The child was severely disabled, confined to a wheelchair and unable to speak. What illness did she have, because that is not C.F.!

If Lucy was removed from the story, I thought, maybe it would be more enjoyable because I would not be reading with my jaw clenched. The descriptions of Mel's dilemma and teenage angst, Dan's slow recovery from brain injury and 'Mad Gran's' Alzheimers were compelling and sensitively written.

Unfortunately, alarm bells started to sound as soon as it was suggested that a new-born baby would be a lovely addition to the Nativity play. 'Please don't!' I cried, in vain. It was so cliched it was cringeworthy, but all I could think was why would anyone take a brand new premature baby to a freezing cold barn? The end of the story seemed rushed as though any loose ends had to be tied up and a conclusion reached within a limited word count.

I am sorry to write such a negative review, but I was so incensed by the descriptions of Lucy's illness, I couldn't let it rest.

That said, I am not about to dismiss the author's work completely. This was the first of her books I have read and, having read good reviews for others, I'm prepared to give her another chance.
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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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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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