10 Jan 2020


ISBN 978 0 7553 8060 2


When Glen Trainer is framed for a crime he didn't commit he is powerless to stop his scheming wife from taking his home, his business and, worst of all, his beautiful daughter away from him.

Years later, living rough on the streets of Leicester, Glen meets Jan Clayton. She, too, has a heartbreaking story to tell but she is determined to put the past behind her and together they find the courage to start afresh. As Christmas approaches, Glen gets ever closer to finding his daughter, but will his wish for a perfect Christmas come true or does more heartache lie ahead?
- Back Cover Blurb

The ragged man woke with a sudden jolt, sitting bolt upright, all his senses screaming danger at him.
- First Sentence (Chapter One)

She was so consumed by her own misery she did not see the suitcases piled by the door. As she arrived at the bottom of the stairs, her mother, dressed for outdoors, pulling on black calf-leather gloves, came out of the lounge.
- Memorable Moment (Page 84)

MY THOUGHTS ... Contrary to the synopsis this isn't in fact the story of two characters but that of three ... Glen, Jan AND Cait, the latter of whom I found much more interesting.

What starts out as a story of hardship with both Glen and Jan homeless and Cait ...

A character I could readily relate to, let's just say that, with her narcissistic mother and weak father, Cait's outwardly privileged life isn't quite as you'd expect.

SUMMED UP IN A SENTENCE ... I thought A Perfect Christmas an enjoyable enough holiday read albeit typical of what I've come to expect of a 'Christmas' novel; a somewhat implausible plot with a kitsch romance all neatly wrapped up with a happy ever after ending.

SOURCE ... A charity shop buy.

grab button for Christmas Spirit eventOne of seven books read for the 2019 Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge which as always was hosted by Michelle, a true Christmas addict

Amongst other things this year's challenge has seen me celebrate the holidays at both the Little Clock House on The Green and the Little Beach Street Bakery whilst singing 12 carols and learning something of the rituals and traditions, Christian and Pagan, of Christmas. For my thoughts on all the other books I read please see the link below.

  1. Karaoke Christmas: 12 Carols For The 12 Days Of Christmas edited by Kevin O'Doherty
  2. Christmas In Ritual & Tradition, Christian And Pagan by Clement A. Miles
  3. Christmas At the Little Clock House On The Green by Eve Devon
  4. Starry Night by Debbie Macomber
  5. A Christmas Promise by Annie Groves
  6. Christmas At Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan
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Brian Joseph said...

Sounds like a slightly edgy Christmas read. Probably a good choice to end the challenge with.

Suko said...


It sounds like you had fun with Michelle's reading challenge. Congrats on your completion of this challenge, and happy New Year to you and Mr. T!

I didn't read any Christmas-themed books, but I watched a few new to me Christmas movies this season, and my current (hilarious) favorite, Elf, which was a lot of fun. I am tempted extend the season and watch a couple more!

nightwingsraven said...

First, congratulations on having
completed Michelle's reading challenge!
And thank you for your honest review,
I suspect that I would appreciate Cait

Kelly said...

You did well on the Christmas challenge!

I think sappy romance, etc., is the norm for Christmas films and books.

Literary Feline said...

I love those sappy predictable romances holiday novels. They have their place. :-)

sherry fundin said...

i feel the same way about a lot of the christmas reads, but enjoy them anyway. very pretty cover. great job with your challenge
sherry @ fundinmental