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Title: Meet Me Under The Mistletoe Author: Abby Clements Publication Date: 25th October 2012 Publisher: Quercus Plot Childhood friends Laurie and Rachel's lives have taken very different paths since they picked up their A-level results together. Laurie is living in London and dedicated to her career, keeping track of her friends on Facebook. Rachel is seemingly living the family idyll in a cottage in Yorkshire - except she worries her marriage is starting to show cracks. When Rachel's mother in law falls ill and needs treatment in London, and Laurie decides she needs to get away for a break, a house swap falls into place. Soon Rachel is braving the mean streets of London while trying to keep her family together, while Laurie tries to figure out how to work an Aga and befriend the locals - and forget the man who seems intent on breaking her heart. Will their relationships survive this test? And will they make it home in time for Christmas? My Opinion Out of all the Christmas Reads that came out in 2012, I decided I had to leave this one to last and I was so glad i did! First time I saw this cover I knew I would enjoy it and i loved the cover, it was very glittery and sparkly just like how i love about a Christmas book hehe! This is the first book by Abby Clements and I enjoyed it so much! We meet Laurie and Rachel, childhood friends but taken very different paths, Rachel is married with two kids and is living in Yorkshire in a cute little cottage, she starts to worry that her marriage is starting to show bad cracks.. Laurie is living the high life in London with a great payed job who is dedicated to her career but keeps a track of her friends on Facebook. I loved this book so much, the chapters flick from Laurie to Rachel which you get to warm up to the characters and meet them both busy in life when suddenly Rachel's mum falls ill quickly and needs urgent treatment in London. Rachel and Laurie get in touch and suggest about swapping places.. I loved this idea because it reminded me of the film "The Holiday" which starred Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet. I loved both of the Characters, they both seemed so lovely even though they both seem to have complicated lives. My Favourite character would have to be Laurie though, I felt like I could relate to her and warmed up to her more with being a single girl myself and dedicated to my career just like Laurie herself.However I don't live in London lol. I did Like Rachel's character though as well with the closeness of her family and how she was trying to keep her marriage together. This is a brilliant read which will have you smiling and laughing but also have a few tears run down your face as well lol. It was a shame we didn't get to have more chapters of Laurie and Rachel actually catching up properly. I just loved the chapter at the end on Christmas Day, was great...don't want to say too much hehe! Im so glad I chose to read this Christmas book last as I loved it so so much and I think everyone must read it as you will all feel warm and snug reading this. It is definitely a light hearted easy read which will leave you with warm fuzzy feelings. I will certainly be wanting to read more books by Abby Clements. She is a splendid author! Roll on her next book now hehe!
I seem to be hooked on the up and coming Christmas reads, is that bad when it is only October? Meet me Under the Mistletoe is Abby Clements debut book and the cover is beautiful with it's shimmering sparkle that instantly catches your eye I was hoping the storyline would win me over as much as the cover had! Childhood friends Laurie and Rachel's lives have taken very different paths since they picked up their A-level results together. Laurie is living in London and dedicated to her career, keeping track of her friends on Facebook. Rachel is seemingly living the family idyll in a cottage in Yorkshire - except she worries her marriage is starting to show cracks. When Rachel's mother in law falls ill and needs treatment in London, and Laurie decides she needs to get away for a break, a house swap falls into place. Soon Rachel is braving the mean streets of London while trying to keep her family together, while Laurie tries to figure out how to work an Aga and befriend the locals - and forget the man who seems intent on breaking her heart. Will their relationships survive this test? And will they make it home in time for Christmas? Each chapter in this book alternates between our two main characters Laurie and Rachel which allows us to get to know each of the characters in turn. I loved both of the characters but I found I could relate more to Laurie's character, being a business woman myself it is hard to get the work and personal life balance right, which is what Laurie is finding impossible but then having said that I was a little worried when I first met her character as she seemed to be blinded to this fact and so came across as a very cold and hard character but as the book progresses her character mellows and becomes more loveable. Rachel is a very warm and nurturing character from the start of this book and she is a joy to read, I just seem to be missing the maternal bone in my body which is why I preferred Laurie! I was surprised that there wasn't more interaction between the two friends although both of their storylines are cleverly weaved together so it doesn't fell like two completely different stories. The storyline was enjoyable and easy to follow and I loved the shocking realisation towards the end of the book which I didn't see coming. There was a nice little touch of festivity to this book so makes it a perfect read for this time of year but because it is not overloaded with festivity it will be suitable to read all year around. This was a great début by Abby Clements, I will be looking forward to more books by this author in the future.
Childhood friends Laurie and Rachel used to be inseparable - but their lives have taken very different paths since they picked up their A-level results together. Now thirty-five, they have all but fallen out of touch; glamorous single girl Laurie is based in London and dedicated to her career in fashion; Rachel seemingly living the family idyll in Yorkshire. But when Rachel's mother-in-law needs urgent treatment in London, and disasters at work and in her love life mean Laurie needs to flee, a house swap falls into place. Soon gentle Rachel is far from the village bake sales, braving the city's mean streets while trying to keep her marriage and family together; while Laurie attempts to work an Aga, befriend the wary village locals - and forget the man who seems intent on breaking her heart. Will their relationships survive this test? And will they make it home for Christmas? (Blurb from Amazon.co.uk) Abby Clements' new book Meet Me Under the Mistletoe has an absolutely stunning cover, so Christmassy and pretty, and it's a bit sparkly in real life too. After reading the blurb, it seemed like it would the perfect winter read to snuggle up under a blanket to read in the cold weather, and now I've finished it, it seems like I was definitely right! I always worry that Christmas-themed books aren't going to be set enough at Christmas, but Clements hasn't disappointed on that front either. I loved everything about this book, and can't wait for more from Abby Clements now! Rachel and Laurie were the best of friends at high school, but as they grew up, they couldn't help but grow apart. Rachel got married young and started a family, and she's happy with her life in a home full of love and children, but in a sleepy, country village. Laurie, on the other hand, is living the life she always wanted in London, working in fashion. But when Laurie starts to make mistakes at work, she realises she has to take some time out. At the same time, Rachel's mother-in-law falls badly ill and Rachel is forced to go to London with her and the children to help her through it. Laurie and Rachel decide on a house-swap to make life easier, but are surprised to find out the reality of their former best friends lives. As Christmas draws ever closer, will the pair make it home in time for Christmas, and will they be happy with the lives they once had after their change of circumstances? There was something about this book that drew me right in, and I was completely absorbed right from the beginning. I loved the cast of characters, and the way the book was told through alternate chapters was fantastic, and really allowed you to get totally involved in both stories without feeling like you're missing out on either of them. Rachel was the one I could relate to most of all - a busy mum trying to be everything at once, and feeling like you're failing at them all! I really liked her relationship with her mother-in-law, it seemed very close and natural, and in fact all of Rachel's relationships were fun to read about, especially the awkward one between her and her teenage daughter Milly. It was stilted and you as the reader know that they are hiding secrets, but are just waiting for it to all come out! In fact, the relationships with these supporting characters were almost just as important as the one between Rachel and Laurie, and I loved that about this book as it really gave it a rounded read. Laurie took a little while to become someone I liked, simply because I found it harder to feel sorry for her. She was a little career-obsessed, not necessarily a bad thing but it came at the expense of someone she really cared about, and a few of those scenes really annoyed me if I'm honest! However, as the book progressed, she mellowed out a lot and it was nice to see her undergo a bit of a change of character as she settled into Rachel's life. Clements writes about the places through visitor's eyes beautifully, from the bustling festive streets of London that Rachel is totally unused to, and Laurie is shocked to the core by cold, quiet, idyllic Yorkshire where she doesn't see a new face from day to day. I found Clements' descriptions of Yorkshire were stunning, it sounds beautiful and the perfect place to spend the festive season! The residents of Laurie's new village were fantastic too, from crazy neighbour Diana to the ladies at the charity... all so realistic and made me smile a lot! Meet Me Under the Mistletoe is a wonderful read, and I truly didn't want it to end. It's light-hearted, it's fun and it made me smile - it's everything I wanted in a Christmas book, and I loved feeling Christmassy as the characters within began their own preparations for the build-up to Christmas, although in very different circumstances from what they'd all expected! It shows you how a change of scenery can do you the world of good, and that your priorities aren't always right, even though you think they are! I loved this book, and I hope Clements has a plethora of exciting Christmas novels to come because this is simply a brilliant debut. I loved it, and urge you all to buy it, either for yourself as an early Christmas present, or for someone you love at Christmas - they'll love YOU for it! ISBN: 978-1780876627. Published by Quercus on 25th October 2012. Pages: 320. RRP: £6.99. Also available as an eBook. Thank you for reading, and thank you to the publishers for sending me a copy to review for http://chicklitchloe.blogspot.com.