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Book Review: The Perfect Christmas


A warm wintry read, wonderful to enjoy wrapped-up with a blanket, hot chocolate and cosy slippers . . . 

Join Grandma Mary in her quest to make this Christmas a truly special one for her family to remember. Getting the ‘down-low’ on all the latest gadgets in order to choose the ideal presents for all her growing grandchildren, carefully selecting gifts for her own children, and planning the ultimate surprise: a trip to Lapland, Mary’s tale is filled with heart-warming gestures of Christmas and familial love.

Immerse yourself in the scent of mince pies, the icy chill of Finnish snow and the cosy fur of reindeer. With cheerful characters, exciting journeys and festive humour, The Perfect Christmas is a relaxing read to get you feeling inspired for this Christmas!

The second novel (following her earlier work, The Leaving) of Desiree Cox, this new book is the first in her Christmas genre. It follows her light and easy narrative style as she weaves an assortment of atmospheres and a varying cast of characters, each with their own tales to tell. From “always hungry” Tom, to adorable baby Ollie and the caring Sally, the family of The Perfect Christmas is one that stays with you long after you turn the last page.

Yet, for me, it is Mary, in all her attentiveness to detail and utter unselfish attitude towards this Christmas that really forms the crux of this novel. The narrative centres on her as we follow her through memories of her own childhood Christmases – “each special in its own way”: “her own childhood Christmases”, “the early Christmases with Arthur”, later “exciting Christmases with her children when they were young”, more recent “hectic Christmases with the grandchildren” to the very present, with her hopes and plans for a very special Christmas this year. Mary’s story epitomises the essence of Christmas, of family, and left me both touched and enthusiastic, moved and motivated for this Christmas.

The Perfect Christmas: a recommended read, or ideal as a gift, perfect for this Christmas!

Written by Genevieve Cox

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