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Good but not the author's best.
on 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.