The Xmas Factor Hardcover – 1 Nov 2006
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A book you'll enjoy long after the last Christmas cracker has been pulled. (CHOICE)
A curl-up-and-read-in-front-of-the-fire tale that has it all - jealousy, heartache and humour. (THE SUN)
Lighthearted, witty story about family life. (WOMAN'S WEEKLY)
A heart-warming and sparkly comedy - ideal for the time of year (WOMAN'S OWN)
Beginning to dread the run-up to Christmas? Then laugh yourself out of it with Beth and Carol, the main characters in the hilarious new novel from Annie Sanders about two very busy mothers and how their Christmases collide. (BELLA)
A funny festive read. (HEAT)
... lighthearted, witty story about family life. (WOMAN'S WEEKLY)
a heart-warming and sparkly comedy - ideal for the time of year (WOMAN'S OWN)
an effervescent comedy (WESTERN DAILY PRESS)
'A heart-warming and sparkly comedy.' (Woman's Own)
'Lighthearted, witty story about family life.' (Woman’s Weekly)
'Has it all – jealousy, heartache and humour.' (The Sun) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
Top customer reviews
This novel is written with such genuine warmth and wit, I found myself really willing the characters along to happy endings. It's funny, it's fresh and oh, there's the most hilarious school nativity play scene you'll ever read. Recommended!
I stumbled across this book in the library. The Xmas cover caught my eye, and seeing as it'll be Xmas in a few months i thought i'd give it a go.
I read the book in 2 days, i got hooked after a few pages. I enjoyed reading about 2 completely different women and the lives that they lived.
Personally my favourite charactor is Carol's son Tim... i love the way the author writes in the the way a bright 7 year old thinks. He really made me chuckle.
The only thing i would say is i agree with the other reviewer. I should've kept this and read it nearer the festive season. I would have enjoyed it just that little bit more!!!
I thoroughly recommend to all ...
The book follows the trials and tribulations of these sets of couples and their love life. They all meet at Christmas through a variety of incidents and end up having the best Christmas of their lives. Its a lovely happy ending after much heartache! There's lots of lessons to learn from it too and how the best Christmas ever is when true values and simple principles are appreciated.
Throughout the book it provides lovely snippets about christmas and fun tips eg injecting baby tomatoes with vodka as a snack for guests! and spraying a pineapple with gold spray for your Christmas centre piece!
I don't want to reveal too much, but its brilliant! Don't just wait for Xmas to read it either, buy it now!
The basic premise is a lot of characters who get into a lot of festive japes and tight holes, a bit of romance and will they-won't they thrown in, a celebrity revealing her darkest secrets and a little lad with a broken leg. It is all written in an easy to read style that has just a hint of aga saga about it.
But the main reason I like the book is its shameless use of Rebecca (Virago modern classics) as a plot line. Beth is the second wife finding it hard to live up to her predecessor's reputation; immaculate, well-organised, dog-commanding and able to plan the Best Party Ever, her nemesis has left a hard act to follow, which Beth struggles along to do. Don't laugh at the story of her Christmas file of ideas, there are plenty of us with one just like it (aren't there? Or is it just me?) or the tale of her (very) wonky garland. Anybody who finds themselves swept away in noellitus after reading Holidays: The Best of Martha Stewart Living or trying to live up to Kirstie's Homemade Home needs to read this book just to remember what Christmas really is about. The story of how the dirty old cottage is transformed is a real fairytale and the way the snow makes everybody act had me grinning from ear to ear. It's a cup of hot chocolate with a good slug of cointreau, too sweet for some, perhaps, but still a good thing to have on a cold winter's day in December.
The book tells us of Beth's problems trying to be perfect wife and stepmother of two grown up children, one of whom, Holly is very hostile to her.
Carol has just been landed with the job of pulling an ailing 'fuddy duddy' magazine out of the mire, cajoled from a more successful magazine. The book tells of the pressures she is under to deliver the goods and try and bring up her son and spend quality time with him.
I am often a bit put off by books written by two authors but not in the case of Annie Sanders, as I have read their previous books and enjoyed them very much.
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