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4.1 out of 5 stars
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4.1 out of 5 stars
The Magic of Christmas
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VINE VOICEon 22 December 2014
Lizzy Pharamond spends her days writing stories from her cottage, the Perseverance Chronicles, cooking mouth-watering foods and feeding her hens, in amongst dealing with her quite unpleasant husband, his good-looking cousin and the rest of her husband's quirky family. As she is preparing to leave him fate steps in. She also has the Christmas Pudding Club to take her mind off everything.

This is a sweet story, just like the food in it, but not the author's best in my opinion. I much preferred The Twelve Days of Christmas but I understand this one is a reworking of one of her first books and it may be that her writing has grown since then. It's a nice read though, and although it's not all about Christmas it does feature a fair amount of Christmassy things and ends at Christmas with the annual performance of the mystery plays.

I think you have to approach this book with a fair amount of licence as Lizzy doesn't exactly behave in the way you might expect when various things happen to her during the story. I don't know whether people in small villages actually live like the characters in the book but if they do then it must all be great fun.
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on 24 November 2013
Christmas is an important time of year in the small Lancashire village of Middlemoss. Throughout the year the Christmas Pudding Circle plan for the festive season. The book starts in August when all is not well with Christmas Pudding Circle member Lizzy. Her husband is cheating on her, disappearing for days if not weeks at a time, will Lizzy find happiness again in time for the season of goodwill.
I was slightly disappointed as I did read this book with the intention of getting into the festive spirit a bit and given the title you would have thought that the book had more to do with Christmas than the last few chapters. Even so it was an easy, enjoyable read.
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on 11 October 2016
good book
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on 13 January 2016
Read 12 Days of Christmas first by author - this OK read but not as good story or characterwise
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on 7 June 2016
Exellent
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on 8 September 2017
fab
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on 14 May 2017
A very enjoyable read up to usual standard.
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on 27 March 2017
Wife loves them all
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on 21 October 2015
This book is so good
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on 8 January 2013
Everything I wanted in a Christmassey story. Loved the charactors and the plot. Very good December reading. Will read again next year.
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