Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Book Review: Calling Mrs Christmas - Carole Matthews

Synopsis - Cassie Smith has been out of work for a while but she has an idea.  Drawing on her love of Christmas, she begins charging for small things: wrapping presents; writing cards; tree-decorating.  She's soon in huge demand and Cassie's business, Calling Mrs Christmas, is born.

Carter Randall wants to make Christmas special for his children, so he enlists Cassie's help, and his lavish requests start taking up all her time.  Thank goodness she can rely on her loving partner Jim to handle the rest of her clients.

When millionaire Carter asks Cassie to join his family on a trip to Lapland, she knows she shouldn't go...  Suddenly Cassie finds herself facing a heart-breaking choice that could change her entire life.

Review:   I won a signed copy of Calling Mrs Christmas from a competition on Dizzy C's Little Book Blog earlier this year.

What a wonderful feel good book.  This is one of the best Christmas stories I have read in a long time.

Cassie has always loved Christmas.  Fed up with being broke and unable to find employment after being made redundant, she decides to do what she enjoys and get paid for it.  As the story unfolds we understand why Christmas is so important to Cassie and the people around her.  Her partner Jim is a prison officer in a Young Offender's Institution.  It is not well paid and although it is a difficult job, he feels he can help make a difference to the youngsters in his charge.

Once Cassie starts getting enquiries and the requests come piling in she has to enlist the help of Jim and her sister Gaby.  Amongst her customers we meet a lonely old lady and a millionaire.  Cassie also provides a Santa to bring presents to both young and old.

This is a book that will tug at your heart strings.  We are introduced to characters at both ends of the spectrum, those with very little and those who want for nothing.  It is a thought provoking novel and a reminder that Christmas is all about giving.  A highly recommended read.  4*

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