- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Quercus (25 Oct. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1780876629
- ISBN-13: 978-1780876627
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (345 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 204,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Meet Me Under the Mistletoe Paperback – 25 Oct 2012
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'a great debut and a light, entertaining read for winter nights' Biscuits, Books and Tea. (Biscuits, Books and Tea)
'a light, fun, feel-good Christmas read' Caroline Smailes. (Caroline Smailes)
'A lovely novel to dream away with on a cold winter's day' Page to Stage. (Page to Stage)
'a warm and charming winter treat, sparkling with wit and the feel-good factor. It's a great Christmas read!' Miranda Dickinson. (Miranda Dickinson)
'a wonderful read ... it's everything I wanted in a Christmas book' Chicklit Chloe. (Chicklit Chloe)
'An absolute Christmas cracker of a book! (Sorry but it had to be said!) ... This book was truly delightful' Bookworm. (Bookworm)
'Funny, inspiring and light hearted ... The perfect Christmas read' Inspire. (Inspire)
'Her writing has a very warm and inviting style and I think she is one to look out for in the future' Dot Scribbles. (Dot Scribbles)
'Warm, romantic and aglow with Christmas sparkle, Meet Me Under the Mistletoe is a fun and fabulous festive read' Victoria Fox, author of Temptation Island. (Victoria Fox)
About the Author
Abby Clements worked in book publishing before writing this, her first novel. Her Christmas baking skills are upper-intermediate. Her countryside-survival skills are basic to none. She lives with her boyfriend in North London.
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We open the story at the start of a very big morning for Laurie. At the fashion label she works at, the handbag that Laurie has been in charge of for months has its release date on that very date. Full of excitement, she rushes into work to await its delivery. But when a mistake happens, her career comes crashing down on her. Told to take a few months off `as a break', Laurie is devastated.
Up in Yorkshire is Rachel, married to the handsome Aiden, and a mum to two children, teenager Milly and little Zak. She is living the perfect life with a loving family, and preparing for Christmas. All of a sudden, Rachel's mother-in-law Bea falls ill and needs urgent treatment in London.
When childhood friends Laurie and Rachel get in contact again, a house-swap falls into place, with some interesting and surprising results.
I really really enjoyed Meet Me Under The Mistletoe. The story was a lovely read, and I found that I could go along with the story at a pace that suited me, I liked how easy it was to read, I liked the themes that were incorporated in, and I liked the warm happy feeling that the story left me with long after I had finished.
Although there are essentially two separate stories - Rachel's chapters and Laurie's chapters - Abby Clements manages to cleverly and subtly blend them in with each other, and this allows the story to flow at a beautiful pace.Read more ›
The writing style is confident and smooth, meaning Meet Me Under The Mistletoe goes down as easily as a hunk of chocolate cake washed down with a cuppa. The plot almost splits into two, telling separate stories, but also cleverly interweaves to keep the basis of the concept together, and you're never given a chance to get bored. It's the perfect stocking filler, and great for relaxing with, so make sure you put it on your Chrimbo list.
Reviewed by Charlotte Foreman on behalf of BestChickLit.com
The book begins on November 20th with chapters alternating between Laurie and Rachel two very different leading ladies. Laurie and Rachel were best friends during high school but over the years have fallen out of touch as life has taken them down separate paths. Laurie is a city girl who works for a big fashion company in London and Rachel lives in the countryside and is a stay at home mum. But when things start going wrong in both women's lives during the countdown to Christmas, life throws them back together again when they agree to do a house swap to take a break and get their affairs in order. Needless to say the plot has a similar feel to that of the Christmas movie The Holiday which is one of my all-time favourites and if you're a fan of that film I think that you'll enjoy this book's theme too.
I love when books have more than one main character and I thought that it worked particularly well for this book. Prior to reading, in other reviews I read that you're either a Laurie or a Rachel kind of gal and I'd definitely say that I'm a Laurie. That's not to say that I disliked Rachel I just connected with Laurie more and enjoyed her chapters the most.Read more ›
There was something about this book that drew me right in, and I was completely absorbed right from the beginning. I loved the cast of characters, and the way the book was told through alternate chapters was fantastic, and really allowed you to get totally involved in both stories without feeling like you're missing out on either of them. Rachel was the one I could relate to most of all - a busy mum trying to be everything at once, and feeling like you're failing at them all! I really liked her relationship with her mother-in-law, it seemed very close and natural, and in fact all of Rachel's relationships were fun to read about, especially the awkward one between her and her teenage daughter Milly. It was stilted and you as the reader know that they are hiding secrets, but are just waiting for it to all come out!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was great from start to finish. The characters were fantastic as was the storyline. Highly recommend it!Published 29 days ago by Ms. N. Clarke
This book was beautifully written in a way that you felt you were there living it! I couldn't put it down, and loved the twists and turns in the tale!!Published 6 months ago by Vicki
I really enjoyed this book as its really captivating and gets you in the mood for Christmas without realising itPublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Light-hearted novel set at Christmas. A little predictable, but still enjoyable. Good to read about all age groups: from young to old.Published 11 months ago by Anne