All I Want For Christmas by Amy Silver

Paperback: 336 pages

  • Publisher: Arrow (25 Nov 2010)
  • Language English
  • ISBN-10: 0099553228
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099553229

Synopsis from Amazon:  

Twelve days and counting…
It’s Bea’s first Christmas with her baby son, and thisyear she’s determined to do everything right.But there is still so much to do: the Christmas menu needs refining; her café,The Honey Pot, needs decorating; and she’s invited the whole neighbourhood to aparty on Christmas Day. She really doesn’t have time to get involved in two newpeople’s lives, let alone fall in love…
When Olivia gets knocked over in the street, however, Beacan’t help bringing her into The Honey Pot and getting to know her. Olivia’slife is even more hectic than her own, and with her fiancé’s entire family overfrom Ireland for Christmas, she shouldn’t be lingering in the cosy warmth ofBea’s café. Chloe, on the other hand, has nowhere else to go. Her affair with amarried man has alienated her friends, and left her lonelier than ever.
But Christmas is a magical time, and in the fragrantatmosphere of The Honey Pot, anything can happen: new friends can be made, heartscan heal, and romance can finally blossom…
I was feeling the need to have some Christmas cheer andwhile looking on my bookshelves found All I Want For Christmas … whichhad been a gift last year and had remained there waiting for me to re-discoverit!
We start to get involved in Bea, Olivia and Chloe’s livesfrom 14th December.  Thescene is set in The Honeypot – we get to know Bea, a little about her customersand the fact that there is something troubling her.  Chloe is a business woman and is one of the demanding customerswaiting in a long queue.
Olivia comes on the scene next.  She writes a column in a number one glossy style mag although herhonest review of a product could possibly lose her the job.  When Bea brings her into The Honeypot afterthe accident she sits her at Chloe’s table. Somehow their purses are swapped and so begins the weaving of thetale. 
Bea is hiding heartache and a secret that is huge. Chloe isa bitch who comes across as very shallow – although of course, there are alwaysreasons behind our behaviours J … and Olivia is an organiser (yes, she has a journalused solely for the purpose of lists) and scared of commitment.
We get involved in their lives until the end of ChristmasDay. 
All the characters have depth and substance making it veryeasy to lose yourself in this world. There is no time to be bored as the reader becomes involved in all threelives as they become friends.  Eventhough Chloe starts out as the bitch, we get to see her unwind and relax.  She has to be my favourite character becauseyes, she grows into the woman she is meant to be (and we all know I lovethat!)  The party in The Honeypot onChristmas Day was just the right setting to display her tangled love life.
I wasn’t sure as I was reading All I Want For Christmaswhether it was actually the right book for the mood I was in.  I didn’t feel much ‘sparkle’ due to Bea’sheartache.  That is no reflection on thestory itself though as the author managed to provoke quite a depth of sadnessin me in relation to Bea.  I love astory that provokes intense emotions! But I most definitely had that ‘feel good factor’ once I had finishedreading.

An easy read, All I Want For Christmas is book to snuggle upwith on these long dark evenings to transport you away from the madness of theseason.


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