After my review of my first book of 2019 I'm now going back in time with the first of several reviews of books read in December 2018 ...
IT MUST HAVE BEEN THE MISTLETOE by JUDY ASTLEY.
Thea’s parents decide to host a big family Christmas in a house by the sea… even though they are, in fact, about to split up. Thea herself is newly single - her sister and brother are both settled, with children, homes and a future. But Thea’s boyfriend has ditched her in favour of his pedigree dogs, and Thea can’t decide whether or not she minds.
There will be copious food and drink, holly and mistletoe, lots of bracing walks and a wintry barbecue on the beach. If it seems an odd way to celebrate the final break-up of a marriage and the Moving On to new partners, no-one is saying so. But then no-one had anticipated that the new partners might actually turn up to complicate the sleeping arrangements.
As Cornwall experiences the biggest snowstorm in living memory, the festive atmosphere comes under some strain. Will Thea manage to find some happiness for herself? Will the mistletoe work its magic on them all?
- Back Cover Blurb
'It's Christmaaas!' bellowed Noddy Holder from the radio on Thea's kitchen window ledge as she opened the back door to let her brother Jimi in.
- First Sentence; Chapter One (Highlight for spoilers)
'..... I'm up to here in entertainment politics with the parents too. We're having a Yule celebration instead of a nativity play but there at three mothers who I'm sure have been training up there infants for the Mary and Jesus roles for years.'
- Memorable Moment; Page 30
SOURCE ... A Charity shop buy.
READ FOR A CHALLENGE? ... Yes.
- Book 5 read for the 2018 Christmas Spirit Challenge; Christmas Tree level (5 to 6 books or more) achieved.
MY THOUGHTS ... Of all the Christmas themed books I've read over recent years with its tree-decorating, carol singing, snow, snowmen and the playing of board games It Must Have Been The Mistletoe has more festive content than I've come to expect. However ...
Largely predictable and, well, all a tad twee but ...
A nice, feel good story that with its three generations of family members (mother and father; Mike and Anna, their eldest daughter; the 30 something and newly single Thea, Thea's siblings, Emily and Jimi with their respective partners and children) was guaranteed to hold my interest.
Written with a great deal of warmth; the change in relationship between Mike and Anna beautifully and sensitively handled, the family dynamics believable ...
Essentially its ideal Christmas reading.
Other books read for the challenge