Oct 22, 2015

Bookouture Christmas Book Review & Giveaway: Coming Home for Christmas by Jenny Hale

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Review by Tanya

Allison, or better known as Allie, Has just finished her 11 year old job for the same family as a nanny and has had to move back in with her mum. She really wants to use her degree and return to teaching, so is applying for jobs. Her sister Megan is an estate agent and has an idea for a short term job where she will be the house manager of a large manor that is being sold. The current owner needs to work away whilst the house is on the market leaving her in charge of the running of the household and the staff as well as keeping an eye on his grandmother.

Allie decides to apply for the job on a flip of a coin something her and her sister have done since they were young. Allie attends an interview where she meets Robert Marley who is blunt and to the point. Robert Marley is described as being “irritatingly unfriendly” which is a great description. Her new role as the house manager means that she meets the rest of the family who are all very different to each other and are not happy about the sale going ahead. This adds a great element to the book as it’s great to see the interaction between them all. The book also shows how a boy never grows up and that they are perfectly happy to play with toys and join in children’s games.

I liked the bonds that she formed with each of the brothers of Robert and Kip and how honest she was in her approach to Robert asking him to return for the Christmas get together. She shows her caring and great teaching skills with Sloane And her two boys Paul And Sammy really enjoyed the activities that she organised, and I admit if I was still teaching or if my children were younger I would be participating in a few of them. Pippa, the grandmother, is a very intriguing character and she released some very interesting information about Robert and why he is so gruff. I enjoyed how the book is not always warm and cosy reading with the characters showing traits and the usual family rifts.

The twists and turns that happen between the characters kept you interested in the book as did the fact that you wanted to know the background story of the characters which was distributed in little snippets of information. You want the story to end in such a good way and you are never quite sure if that is going to happen.

Although this is a Christmas book you could read this at any time of the year but it does have that special Christmas sparkle if you want to read it during the build-up. 

Giveaway

One very lucky reader of my blog will receive a digital copy of Coming Home for Christmas together with a lucky coin necklace made by Expressionery Pendant.

 
Good luck!

I will contact the winner via e-mail. If I don't get a reply within 60 hours the prize will go to someone else. All of my giveaways are international, you can find the official rules here.
 
 

65 comments:

  1. This giveaway has all my favorites Christmas and a book and who couldn't use some luck once in a while :-)

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  2. Great review Tanya! This book sounds great.

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  3. I'd love to win because the book sounds so awesome and the necklace fits right in with the theme.

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  4. Great review ! This book sounds great
    thanks!!!!!

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  5. Looks like the perfect book to read curled up by the fire after the first snow of the season :)

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  6. I love the lucky necklace and books are my favorite things :)

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  7. The book seems wonderful! I would love to read it! I love the Christmas mood!

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  8. Love the lucky necklace and the book!

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  9. I absolutely love Christmas books.

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  10. I need some luck in my life and love christmas books xx

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  11. I would love to win because I love the necklace - so unique.

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  12. Beautiful fun items. And I can use some Lucky in my life, too, LOL!

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  13. This giveaway is marvelous, prodigious, and wonderful.

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  14. I love both the book and the necklace. What a great Christmas gift this would make!

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  15. the book looks really interesting!

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  16. Such a wonderful idea for a necklace. The book looks great too.

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  17. I am looking forward to reading the book, and the necklace is lovely.

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  18. the book looks like a great holiday time read, love the necklace!

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  19. I need some good luck so maybe a new good luck piece would help :)

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  20. I want to read the book and have a happy coin for my own :)

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  21. I would like to win this giveaway because I need a good read for the Christmas holidays, and I would love to have a lucky coin necklace.

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  22. The book sounds good and I like the necklace.

    Megan @ reading away the days

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  23. The necklace is so pretty. I'd love to win for that. The book sounds great too!

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  24. The book sounds wonderful and I love jewelry. I collect both, so this is a wonderful combination.

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  25. Love the lucky penny, reminds me that we used to have a penny!

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  26. I really enjoy reading seasonal books at holiday time. Thanks for the chance; this one looks good!

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  27. ΒΑΣΙΛΙΚΗ ΑΡΓΥΡΟΠΟΥΛΟΥOctober 24, 2015 at 9:41 PM

    Because I would like to read something in Christmas spirit!

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  28. I enjoy Christmas stories and the penny necklace is adorable.

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  29. Because with these cold nights their is nothing more that I love about sitting at home snuggled under the blankets fire on and a nice relaxing read about Christmas and the penny necklace would be a pleasure to win and may even become my lucky charm :)

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  30. The book sounds good & the necklace is so cute!

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  31. This book looks perfect for reading when the weather is nasty and I can't go outside!

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  32. Thank you very much for this amazing chance!! I am looking forward to reading the book, and the necklace is lovely!

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  33. I love the necklace, and the book sounds great!

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  34. Beacuse your review made me curious about the book and winning it is the only way I have to have it since I'm from Italy and here it's not published....I hope it will be!

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  35. I read voraciously and the necklace is so nice too.

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  36. Love reading and the necklace looks fab

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  37. the necklace is adorable and id love to read the book

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  38. I absolutely love the necklace - and I do need a lucky charm! =)

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  39. With my Irish heritage, I collect 4 leaf clovers, so the lucky penny really fits. Plus I adore reading Christmas books all year long.

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  40. I would like to win because this sounds like the sweetest book and this necklace is just adorable! Thank-you for this generous chance. :)

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  41. I would like the book and give necklace to granddaughter.

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  42. I want to read the book and the necklace is really cute :)

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  43. I'd like to win so I can give that lucky coin to a friend as a gift.

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  44. Ideal for my mother in law she loves reading

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  45. It looks a thoroughly enjoyable book

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  46. Jenny Hale is an awesome Author and one of my ultimate favourites! Thats why i would love to win! Thanks for the chance xx

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  47. I would like to win this giveaway because I need a good Christmas themed book to curl up with on a cold winter night. I also love the necklace and I could use a little luck in my life right now.

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  48. I want to win because the book sounds amazing.

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  49. I would love to win because I love Christmas books :)

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