Thursday, 15 November 2018

Book Review - The Mother of All Christmases by Milly Johnson

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Title: The Mother of All Christmases
Author: Milly Johnson
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 15th November 2018
Rating: 5 Stars

Eve Glace - co-owner of the theme park Winterworld - is having a baby and her due date is a perfectly timed 25th December. And she’s decided that she and her husband Jacques should renew their wedding vows with all the pomp that was missing the first time.  But growing problems at Winterworld keep distracting them … 

Annie Pandoro and her husband Joe own a small Christmas cracker factory, are well set up and happy together despite life never blessing them with a much-wanted child.  But when Annie finds that the changes happening to her body aren’t typical of the menopause but pregnancy, her joy is uncontainable. 

Palma Collins has agreed to act as a surrogate, hoping the money will get her out of the gutter in which she finds herself.  But when the couple she is helping split up, is she going to be left carrying a baby she never intended to keep?

Annie, Palma and Eve all meet at the ‘Christmas Pudding Club’, a new directive started by a forward-thinking young doctor to help mums-to-be mingle and share their pregnancy journeys. Will this group help each other to find love, contentment and peace as Christmas approaches?

The brand new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Perfectly Imperfect Woman; a gorgeous read full of love, life, laughter - and crackers! 

If like me and you have read as far as I know ever Milly Johnson book to date.. don't keep reading, go out and buy this book now and read that instead of this review.  For the ultimate fans of the authors there are references to many familiar names and characters from assorted of her books.  

To start with I thought I was imagining that some names felt familiar, and very shortly after starting there were two things that struck me and had me running to Amazon to check I wasn't going completely mad.  

The Daily Trumpet makes a triumphant return, complete with all the funny errors you have come to expect from that newspaper.  And Eve Glace and Winterworld were first seen in A Winter's Flame which was until this book one of my favourite books from the author and the characters associated with it the ones I remember the most clearly despite it being many years since I read it. 

Now clearly I am holding my hands up to being a fangirl and absolutely loving seeing blasts from the pasts, but even if you haven't read anything from this author, this is a complete standalone book, and a fabulous story with it. 

For a book with a theme park called Winterworld and people working in a Christmas Cracker factory,  it can easily be read at any time of year, as although there is a festive themed backdrops the book predominately takes place over a 9 month period. 

Conveniently the same length of time that the three leading ladies have to deal with completely different pregnancies - one miracle baby, one that was a very pleasant surprise and one that came about in what could be considered controversial circumstances. 

And that is just one of the more serious themes that are touched on this book, that has a whole cast of characters that will make you laugh, smile and cry.  There are in fairness a lot of names to learn, so depending on how you cope with lots of characters it may take a while to get into but I had no problems. 

I was whizzing through the the pages utterly absorbed by this genius of a book.  I loved every moment of it so so much.  At no point did I want to put it down.  This is Milly Johnson at her finest and its a shame I reached the end.  

If you love your books full of romance, female friendships, interesting themes, quirky characters, realistic characters and situations, humour, some corny jokes and brilliant story lines that will grab you and make you engrossed in reading, then this is the book for you. 

Thank you to Simon & Schuster and Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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