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Christmas has always been a sad time for young widow Holly Brown, so when she's asked to look after a remote house on the Lancashire moors, the opportunity to hide herself away is irresistible – the perfect excuse to forget about the festivities Sculptor Jude Martland is determined that this year there will be no Christmas after his brother ran off with his fiancée. He’s keen to avoid the family home. However, he will have to return by the twelfth night of the festivities, when the hamlet of Little Mumming hold their historic festivities and all of his family are required to attend.Meanwhile, Holly is finding that if she wants to avoid Christmas, she has come to the wrong place. When Jude unexpectedly returns on Christmas Eve he is far from delighted to discover that Holly seems to be holding the very family party he had hoped to avoid.Suddenly, the blizzards come out of nowhere and the whole village is snowed in. With no escape, Holly and Jude get much more than they bargained for – it looks like the twelve days of Christmas are going to be very interesting indeed!
Product Details (Barnes & Noble)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/28/2010
Sold by: Harper Collins UK
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I really enjoyed reading this book. I don't know if it's because it's almost Christmas but it felt so good coming home after work and just sit on the sofa with a blanket and a hot coffee while reading this book.
Holly Brown, the main character of the book, is a chef who also does house-sitting (and takes care of the animals). She was raised by her grandparents, mainly her grandma.
She lost some important people during the years and because of that and because of the education her grandma gave her, she sees no point in celebrating Christmas anymore.
So she goes to this big house to take care of the animals and look after the house while the owner, a man named Jude, is away and she ends up meeting people from the village, including Jude's family. She loves the family but she doesn't really like him when they speak on the phone, and everything she does for the others (Jude's family) is because they develop a kind of special relationship.
And we can't forget her grandma's diaries, which she took to the house, expecting to have some time to relax and read them all. That diary brings a big mystery that Holly will try to unveil the secret.
It's a good book; not brilliant. I think this was a good time to read it because it helped me getting into the Christmas spirit. While I imagined the cold snow that is described, I felt comfortable in my house, nice and warm.
I think it has too much "have to plan this", "have to cook that", "have to clean whatever" and sometimes that can kind of make the reader loose the story behind it.
Another thing is that the beginning made me feel really interested in the story, but the ending wasn't a big surprise. Everything the author gave us in the beginning, with the past details of Holly's life and everything, was lost in the middle of the book and the ending was, in my opinion, a little bit "naked". But, in general, I liked it.
(and because it made me feel the Christmas spirit):