Saturday, 12 December 2015

Book Review - The Art of Christmas by Jane Lovering

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Title: The Art of Christmas
Author: Jane Lovering
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Choc Lit
Publication Date: 13th November 2015
Rating: 5 Stars

What if the memories of Christmas past were getting in the way of Christmas future? 
It’s been nearly two years since Harriet lost Jonno, but she’s finally decided that it’s time to celebrate Christmas again. 

Then she finds a stash of graphic novels belonging to her comic book-loving husband in the attic, and suddenly her world is turned upside down once more. 

With the help of eccentric comic book dealer Kell Foxton, she discovers that the comics collected by Jonno are not only extremely valuable, but also hold the key to his secret life – a life that throws Harriet’s entire marriage and every memory she has of her husband into question. 

As Harriet grows closer to Kell, she begins to feel like she could learn to love Christmas again – but first, she needs to know the truth. 

If it not often that I will come away from a novella utterly speechless, but yet that is the position I'm finding myself in after reading The Art of Christmas. 

It is a very well crafted, very short story, but yet it felt like so much more. I was hooked from the first to the last page, and devoured it in under an hour. It's an incredibly well written book, and a heart warming story, that I don't really want to say much about, for fear of giving away anything key. 

For there are a few shocks and surprises for Harriet to overcome during this book, and she is such a lovely characters, and Kell is clearly lonely and has Frodo the dog for company, and their is a kinship between Kell and Harriet that grows as the novella progresses. 

I can't believe how much information is packed into this book, and its short, sweet but perfectly formed. I had been excited about this title since it had been announced, and I was definitely not disappointed. A heartwarming, fantastic novella, about the coming together of two people who clearly meet at the right times in their lives.  There is more depth to the story than you generally get in books this short, and for that I can only proclaim Jane Lovering very talented, and very good at selecting the relevant words she needed to craft this book. 

Thank you so much to Netgalley and Choc Lit for this review copy. This was my honest opinion. 

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