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The Perfect Christmas by [Carter, Georgie]
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About the Author

Georgie Carter started writing stories as a teenager, often based on her somewhat chaotic family, and then wrote for women’s magazines. Her experience as a pastry chef at a prestigious London restaurant, has meant that she’s attended numerous wedding receptions, witnessing firsthand the ingredients that can make or break a wedding day. The Perfect Christmas is her first novel.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 799 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (13 Oct. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847562930
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847562937
  • ASIN: B005IGZVDW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #172,448 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Christmas books are among some of the only books I actually hang onto because I love to read them again at a certain time of year. Georgie Carter a.k.a. Ruth Saberton is releasing her first book through Avon, and it's a lovely festive themed read, complete with obligatory gorgeous snowy cover. I thought it sounded like a really fun story and found it a really fun book to read, and think it's definitely going to be a keeper on my `Festive Reads' shelf!

Robyn Hood - yes that really is her name - is a wedding planner who is pretty unlucky herself with love, yet she loves to make others' dreams come true for their big day. After the end of her relationship with Patrick, Robyn writes herself a list to achieve by the end of the year to achieve her perfect christmas. However, she doesn't count of falling in love with a married man. I did have a bit of a problem with this storyline, I really don't like when female characters pursue married men, especially when they know from the beginning they are spoken for, and I don't know why writers would choose to write things like that. I did like Robyn for the most part but at the same time, part of me disliked her because of her going after Jonathan, and being silly enough to believe the usual married man story about his wife and their (lack of) relationship.

However, the writing of the story was wonderful, it flowed really nicely and I love how the weddings that Robyn organised were described, you could vividly imagine the scenes happening in real life from the words on the page. Love is a really important theme throughout the book, and many different relationships are showcased during the book from whirlwind romances, celebrity wedding, a gay relationship, long term love and mother/daughter relationships, and friendships too.
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This was my last Christmas read for 2011 so I was hoping it would be a good one. The front cover and synopsis seemed very promising so it was looking good.

The book focuses on Robyn Hood (I know) who is a wedding planner. She is trying to get over her ex Patrick who she split with because she didn't want children. She meets Jonathan at a friends dinner party who she becomes 'friends' with even though he is married. Before long, they are having an affair and Robyn tries to convince herself that this is ok because Jonathan has told her his wife is a workaholic.

For me, the story was dull from the beginning. I hated the main character and couldn't understand how she could possibly justify having an affair with a married man. All the preening and constant cliches drove me mad and I felt like screaming 'get a grip!'

I could see the ending coming and I didn't think it particularly went with the story. She'd gone from not wanting kids to not being able to get enough of them! It was also so unrealistic how her friends were so cross with her one minute but all was forgiven so easily!

My last complaint is with the cover. It has absolutely nothing to do with the cover and is a little misleading. The story is only about Christmas at the very beginning and end.

All in all, very disapointed. I gave it two stars as I did manage to finish it but there are authors who do this type of story much, much better.
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The Perfect Christmas starts off with a prologue - we find out that Robyn is physically in the same place as last year on Christmas Day but with very different emotions. We're introduced to her friendship with best friend Faye ... and a mysterious male that makes her nerve endings fizz!

I was hooked in by the prologue - who is this mysterious man? What is the story behind the obscure Christmas gift?

Then we go back eight months to April. She meets ex-fiancée Pat again at a wedding she's planned through her business `Perfect Day'. Robyn finds out information that wounds her but on the surface, is calm and in control.

Robyn has a wish list of things to be done before Christmas and one of those things is to attend Swing dancing. It is while trying to book at the Adult Education centre that she bumps into married Jonathan. They realise they've met previously at one of Faye's dinner parties. Catching up over coffee, they have so much to say that time flies by. Innocent texts follow and soon they are meeting up and going out...

There is so much more to Robyn's story though than her affair with Jonathan. Ex-fiancée Pat and Jo are quite central characters throughout and arch-rival Hester in the wedding planning business who throws many stresses and strains her way when she pitches for an A-list celeb wedding and wins the contract. There is plenty of romance at the four weddings that we get to attend - with the final wedding played out against the backdrop of Christmas Eve.

The Perfect Christmas is written in the first person so we get to know Robyn's character really well. All the characters are brilliant from Robyn's mum through to Daisy (who is the child of the A-list celeb).
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I didn't think this was going to be my kind of book until several chapters along the way. A bit "Bridget Jones-ish" - very modern with a good dollop of realism and humour that should be looked at in a modern light - it's been a while since I've actually looked forward to reading the next chapter of a book! Surprisingly realistic and entertaining this is a book I would recommend as a light and optimistic read!
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