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Survival of the Christmas Spirit Paperback – 3 Jul 2015

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  • Paperback: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Velvet Morning Press (3 July 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0692467610
  • ISBN-13: 978-0692467619
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 0.4 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,322,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Aimee is from Lincoln, England, where she enjoys drinking gin and spending time with her family (and she won't tell you which of those she prefers doing). As a child, one of her favourite parts of the summer holidays was to devour all the books in a little book shop in Devon. She continued reading at lightning speed right up until having children. She now reads with eyes propped open by match sticks.

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By Sophie TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 9 July 2015
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Survival of the Christmas Spirit is the standalone third instalment of the Survival series, Aimee Horton’s witty and realistic outlook on being a mother of small, chaotic children. You don’t need to have read Survival of the Ginnest or Lush in Translation beforehand but they are both great fun and quick reads so please do! I was very excited to spot Survival of the Christmas Spirit on Amazon. The series’ main character Dottie Harris is hilarious and I love following her adventures through parenthood as she stumbles through day to day life. This time it’s Christmas – her little ones are hugely excited, her husband quietly laid-back and Dottie herself is going mad. Half of the world’s residents appear to have been invited to hers for Christmas dinner but she hasn’t even been able to source it yet, let alone buy and cook it. Even the gin isn’t tasting right and that is more than a bad sign for Dottie who relies on her gin to keep her relatively sane throughout motherhood. I lapped up this little festive novella – fast-paced, fresh, funny and highly entertaining.

Survival of the Christmas spirit is set over two days, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and follows the madness and the chaos of Christmas dinner. Poor Dottie is the perfect example of how easy it is for everything to go wrong as buying the food, preparing the food, controlling her children and her guests and every little thing in between is problematic. Christmas with Dottie Harris was comedic to say the least and I laughed my way through this book. If I want to laugh or smile whilst reading about things very true to life, I know I can always turn to an Aimee Horton book because she is just that kind of writer who gets everything on point.
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This is a really cosy short story. I read it in about half an hour, the perfect length to just introduce the characters and set the atmosphere. It tells of the trials and tribulations of trying to get that all important Christmas dinner made! There were several moments where I recognised myself and moments of our own family Christmasses- realising we need to do a last minute food shop on Christmas Eve, having additional family members added to the Christmas dinner list at the last minute and so forth. A really lovely feel good short story that will have you smiling.
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Although id not read the other books by Aimee, this Christmas story can be read as a standalone. Set over 2days Christmas eve and Christmas day. It follows Dottie trying her best to cater for the family over Christmas. Full of non stop humour, i finished this in one sitting. Deffinetly one to be read in the lead up to Christmas. True to life and very funny.
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Oh how I enjoyed this! There are some stories that are so easy to read and the pages turn in your hand so quickly that you begin to worry what will happen when you get to the end. This was one such story. Dottie Harris is hit on Christmas Eve with extra guests for Christmas Day and it is taken with both positivity and frustration! I had heard of ‘Survival of The Christmas Spirit’ described as ‘mom lit’ and I suppose that’s what it is, it’s for those of you who are looking forward to Christmas because of the kids and at the same time looking forward to the sigh and breath you get to take at the end of the evening when the children are asleep and you finally get to take the weight off your feet. The change of moods throughout this story were hilarious as Dottie battled to get somewhere between Christmas cheer and Chrismas frustration. I warmed to her straight away, and empathised with all her predicaments while laughing as they occurred.

The Christmas descriptions were beautiful and warm and contrasted brilliantly with the craziness of dragging children about in the manicness of the festive season. There is also, of course, a Christmas surprise, which was very well done. One warning is that at around the seventy per cent mark, the story ends and changes to the opening chapter of another of Aimee Horton’s books. I have heard people complain about this with other books so just a warning. Personally I had no problem with it, and really enjoyed the preview!

By the way this is part of The Survival Series but I read it as a stand alone. Saying that in an author interview Aimee Horton states that they generally go in this order: Survival of the Ginnest, Mothers Ruined, Survival of the Christmas Spirit then Lush in Translation.
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This short tale from the lovable Dottie and her clan was a perfect little festive treat. Read in one sitting, I thoroughly enjoyed this update come seasonal offering and the warm fuzzy feeling you cannot help but get wrapped up in. Its a realistic Christmas, with the usual chaos and the cheery ending made it even more special!

Would definately recommend this to download and I think it would accompany a little glass of fizz and a mince pie perfectly! (p.s I tried, and it did!)
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This book was recommended to me by another blogger, and although I downloaded it, at the time, I groaned at the thought of yet another Christmas book to read. Having just had a spare hour, I thought I would read it, as I knew it was a short story. All I can say is Thank You to Sophie at Reviewed the Book. I loved this.

This is 56 pages of non stop Christmas humour that anyone who has ever had 4 last minute guests foisted upon them on Christmas Eve, will completely relate to.

Christmas Day has been planned to a tee, Dottie even had a spreadsheet, and I think she thought everything was going too smoothly, which is always a dangerous thought. Cue last minute shopping in over crowded supermarkets, toddlers that don't want to go bed, and lets just say an incident with a two animals (one alive, one due to be cooked).

Christmas Day in the Harris household was full of fun, and good will, and a great family spirit. And I think that is what sums up this story. Lots of laughs and giggles, and a great look at family life.

This is the first book I have read by Aimee Horton, and based on this example of her writing, I know I want to read a slightly longer release in the future.
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