A Merry Little Christmas Paperback – 25 Oct 2012
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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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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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