Before I start, yes, this book is about Christmas – I did get sent the e-copy of the book, from the lovely Bahlsen book club, before Christmas and I think I finished it a couple of days before that big and crazy day but… well you may have noticed my, almost two years, of posting daily (or as close to) has stopped. I’ve been taking a break, re-evaluating and trying to work out how to approach the year that’s ahead of us (more regular posting will return).
Shouldn’t I have been pushing to, at least, get this post up closer to Christmas? I thought that, at first, but once I finished reading it I realised that I didn’t need to, at all, this book has the word Christmas in the title, it has Christmas as a main theme but it, most definitely, doesn’t have to only be read at Christmas time.
Rather than spending a lot of time dwelling on the sadness, Valpy dips in an out of it when necessary – It’s never devalued, it’s always given the time its needed but it’s not given the lime light which is something that many authors do. The sadness in this character’s life is an undeniable truth, but it’s her desire for recovery, her hope and her true nature that shines through.
Throughout the story we get to see Evie re-discover herself, re-discover her motivation and develop friendships in the purest sense. The book is beautiful, despite the sadness. Christmas is a big topic because that’s the time of the year when it’s set, but it’s not a Christmas book. It’s a book about loss, hope, love and about sadness, community and re-discovery. This book would be enjoyable at Easter, in the Summer or in the height of winter, don’t be put off by the title, if it’s the wrong time of year, if you want to read a simple, beautiful book then I recommend giving this one a go.
You can pick the book up from Amazon for £1.59 on kindle or £7.99 in paperback format.
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