Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy parts of it, and I did get an insight into Cromwell and his rise to power in the reign of Henry VIII, but I didn't find it an absorbing read. It certainly wasn't unputdownable as some of the reviews suggested. Like I said before, perhaps I’m just not literary enough. I don’t think I’ll bother with the sequel, although I have downloaded a sample, so I might give that a go and see if I get on with that any better. Although not for a while.I got so bogged down with the book that I had to take a break from it for a while, and so in between I read Carole Matthews’ book, With Love At Christmas.
I read her previous book, Summer Daydreams and thoroughly enjoyed it. The first chapter of With Love At Christmas was in the back of the book and I loved it too. Just goes to show what a good marketing technique this is as I couldn’t wait to get this book. I thought it would help me get into the Christmas spirit in the run up, and it certainly did that. In my eyes, Carole Matthews never fails to disappoint.
It is the story of Juliet, a working mum with a grown up family. Like a lot of women these days, Juliet belongs to the sandwich generation. Not only do her grown up children seem incapable of looking after themselves, her daughter is also relying on her for child care. To say that they are spoilt is a understatement and actually, this was the only thing about the book I didn’t like. I wanted to shake her and tell her to make the kids stand on their own two feet, but Juliet was too nice for that.She also had to contend with her own parents, a father who was grieving and a mother seemingly slipping into dementia. But all through this Juliet’s love for them all, as well as her love of Christmas makes her a, truly charming character.
But as understanding as he is, can her husband put up with being continually last on her list? You’ll have to read the book to find out. It’s a truly cracking Christmas read.I can’t wait to download her new book, A Cottage by the Sea, which is due out on 3 January.
And while we’re on reviews, one of my Christmas books was Jenny Colgan’s, Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop of Dreams – yes it was one of the ones I chose myself. I’m only part way in but I’m loving it too.If you have any Christmas books to read, I hope you’re enjoying them too.