Today I’m really excited to be taking part in the Blog Blitz for ‘The Christmas Spirit’ by Susan Buchana. Tis the season for feel-good christmassy stories and this one doesn’t disappoint!
Christmas is coming, but not everyone is looking forward to it.
Rebecca has just been dumped and the prospect of spending the holiday period with her parents is less than appealing.
Eighty-two-year-old Stanley lost his beloved wife, Edie, to cancer. How will he cope with his first Christmas without her?
Jacob’s university degree hasn’t helped him get a job, and it looks like he’ll still be signing on come New Year.
Workaholic Meredith would rather spend December 25th at home alone with a ready meal and a DVD box set. Can anything make her embrace the spirit of the season?
The enigmatic Natalie Hope takes over the reins at the Sugar and Spice bakery and café in an attempt to spread some festive cheer and restore Christmas spirit, but will she succeed?
The Christmas Spirit is a great feel-good story revolving around the four main characters; Rebecca, Stanley, Jacob and Meredith, all at different stages of their lives and all looking at facing a rather tough holiday season for their own personal reasons.
What I loved about this story was that all the characters had their own unique voice, as well, of course, being able to all interact and intertwine within each other’s lives. Natalie being the glue doesn’t play as much of a part as I expected her too but I think I liked it better that way, it gave me a chance to really get to know the characters as well as see how they are able to navigate the problems and challenges they are facing with only the gentlest of nudges into the right direction. I also really loved that the book got to include so many awesome recipes for Christmas cakes! It really helped the book have that feel good feeling around it!
I think I would have liked the story to be a bit longer as some of the character development seemed a little rushed and I would have enjoyed seeing a bit more of the thought processes before some decisions and change of hearts but I would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a book for the festive season!
Would I read again: Yes
Would I Recommend: Yes
Would I read another book from this author: Yes
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Susan Buchanan lives in Scotland with her husband and their two children. She is the
author of four novels: Return of the Christmas Spirit, The Christmas Spirit, The Dating Game, and Sign of the Times. She is currently working on books five and six: The Proposal and Just One Day. Susan is also a proofreader, editor, and translator, and when not working, writing, or caring for her two delightful cherubs, loves reading, the theatre, quiz shows and eating out – not necessarily in that order!