"It's the most wonderful time of year. Isn't it? Discover the true spirit of Christmas with this seasonal treat for fans of Love, Actually and The Holiday. Discover the true spirit of Christmas...Catherine Tinsall is dreading Christmas. As the 'Happy Homemaker' she is an online sensation, but the reality couldn't be more different. With Catherine's marriage in tatters, her children running wild and her mother increasingly forgetful, seasonal cheer is running low. Husband Noel also hides a secret: he's facing the axe at work. Until he chances upon the village of Hope Christmas, deep in the Shropshire countryside, which could be the second chance he's searching for. If he can save it from the developers! In Hope Christmas itself, schoolteacher Marianne Moore is trying to heal her battered heart. But Christmas is a time for families, and memories of what she's lost haunt her at every turn. Meanwhile, Gabriel North faces a lonely Christmas but hides his sadness for the sake of his son. Will his wife ever come home? Or does love lie elsewhere? All four need a Christmas miracle. And it might just happen - courtesy of a mysterious guardian angel ! Forced to reassess their lives, will Catherine, Noel, Marianne and Gabriel discover what the meaning of Christmas really is? An irresistible gift of a tale that will warm the hearts of Christmas-lovers and Scrooges alike!" (Goodreads)
Last Christmas was a re-read for me, and is now a Christmas tradition. It was a random find, on the bargain table, and I absolutely love it. It’s a British novel, and I love that the name of the little town is Hope Christmas. It flips back and forth, a bit, between the previous year and the current one and I enjoy that by going back to the previous year, the reader is given a bit of background information on the characters.
I find the characters easy to relate to and I find the different situations they are in to be understandable (it is easy to feel sympathy for their situations.) I feel as though this story brings us back to the basics of the holidays. It’s not about presents or crazy parties or having a lot of money. It’s about family and tradition. I am a HUGE fan of tradition and I love the way it is characterized in this novel. At times during this novel, you can’t help but wonder, is there a supernatural element that is being weaved throughout this story? ;) Read the book and you’ll know what I’m talking about. I give this story a 5/5.