Chick lit

Christmas for Beginners by Carole Matthews

I have reviewed the previous book : here

Funnily enough as of this post’s writing, the book is still up for request on NetGalley!

I just saw that in my previous review for the introductory book of Molly Baker and her lovable farm, I mentioned that I would read a whole book with the animals’ antics without even the humans in it. I got my wish and cannot believe I let this book sit unread for so long!
I had a so-so experience with another book by the same author but different characters, so maybe I was just wary. I do recommend reading the first before picking this up for better clarity and depth.

I read this in almost one sitting. I could not tear myself away. Surprisingly enough another book I read recently showed the afters of a ‘happily-ever-after’. The concept of people with opposite personalities coming together is ‘aww’ inspiring, but the practicalities of sustaining that kind of relationship are very rarely delved into in fiction like this.
When we left the lot at the end of the last book, everyone had been rehomed (it is not necessarily a spoiler) and the new ‘digs’ come with their own pros and cons (cons being the idea of benefactors required to keep things afloat). Molly now has Lucas with her almost all the time. She is enjoying (as well as being extremely terrified) of her role as a mother figure. She is termed a worrywart, although there are several things to be worried about, she adds unnecessary stuff onto the pile as well! There is Christmas around the corner, and the animals are all being their mischievous, deviant and adorable selves

Our leading lady is such a perfectly three-dimensional character to root for. She has so many insecurities but is extremely strong and resourceful and cares oh so much about every one! There were so many laugh-out-loud moments as well as those tear-jerkers I knew were coming, but still caught me off guard. I adored the writing and was basking in the warmth of the narrative well into the evening after reading and setting aside the book. If I wanted to recommend a book to start someone in this genre, I would recommend this duology.

I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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