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A FESTIVE TREAT FROM THE #1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF MY HUSBAND'S WIFE. While her free-spirited daughter travels the world, Vivienne prepares for a lonely Christmas in Bristol, with her best friend Ellen and her ancient dog Bob. Then a letter arrives that changes everything. Vivienne's daughter is getting married in New Zealand, and she wants her mum and Ellen by her side.A FESTIVE TREAT FROM THE #1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF MY HUSBAND'S WIFE. While her free-spirited daughter travels the world, Vivienne prepares for a lonely Christmas in Bristol, with her best friend Ellen and her ancient dog Bob. Then a letter arrives that changes everything. Vivienne's daughter is getting married in New Zealand, and she wants her mum and Ellen by her side. But out on the rugged coast of Tutukaka, the sea sparkles, romance beckons – and Vivienne falls under the spell of another life. Will she leave everything she holds dear for a chance at happiness? Or will her daughter be the only one to fall in love this Christmas? ...

Title : I Won't Be Home For Christmas
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ISBN : 29607469
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 336 Pages
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I Won't Be Home For Christmas Reviews

  • Dale Harcombe
    2019-03-14 11:30

    Vivienne is preparing for a lonely Christmas without her son Aaron or her daughter Emily. But then an invitation from her daughter gives her something to look forward to before Christmas, a wedding. True, Emily is being married in New Zealand but Emily wants her mother and her mother’s best friend Ellen there. Emily would also like her brother Aaron and his wife to come, but that looks far less likely. Filled with excitement and a little trepidation, Vivienne and her long time friend Ellen set off overseas. When they arrive the place at Tutukaka is a picturesque dream and her daughter seems happy. Yet, something doesn’t quite seem right to Viv. And what about the strange emotions she is feeling? Having been left by her husband Ray, when Emily and Aaron were young, Viv has had little time or inclination for romance. Surely these feelings she is now experiencing cannot lead anywhere? There are too many reasons for it not to, aren’t there? This is exactly, as you would expect, a light Christmas themed book. So don’t go into it expect heavy themes and problems to be solved. The characters and setting are well portrayed. Vivienne is great and so is her free spirited, if at times naïve, daughter Emily. Ellen is loud, brash, annoying at times but the type of friend you could always turn to in a crisis, and one you could certainly share the good times with too, even though she has a tendency to be embarrassing.I don’t normally read Christmas themed books. But I have liked other books by this author and just wanted something light after the heart stopping tension of my previous read. This filled the bill perfectly. It is an easy read, feel good, novel. The canine character, Bob, is a very cute addition. Initially I wasn’t convinced about the book and there were times Ellen annoyed me but the longer it went on, the more I became involved. With a lot of laughs, a stray tear or two it was all in all an enjoyable read about true friendship, romance and relationships of parents and their adult children.I really don't think the cover fits the book as well as it could but that is not the author's decision.

  • Reesy
    2019-02-28 09:25

    This book did very little other than remind me why I usually avoid “chick lit”....ridiculously cringeworthy characters (who were supposed to be in their 50’s but were portrayed as if they were 80+), next to no storyline and a very basic writing name just a few reasons why I wouldn’t read anything by this author again. Naff nonsense (if I was to sum it up in a nutshell!)

  • Lynsey Farmer
    2019-03-04 06:31

    This book was an okay read but not your typical amanda prowse novel as the subject matter was to soft and gentle not like the hard hitting subjects featured in her other novels

  • Sue
    2019-03-16 10:38

    Oh dear, not sure what happened with this book . This wasn't the usual Mrs Prowse book I have come to know and love. It didn't have the hard hitting subjects she normally tackles. I would usually be gripped from the very first page, not so with this. Perhaps she was trying a different style, perhaps it was because I myself am in a similar situation to the characters, similar age, daughter living abroad. I don't know. For me it failed to hit the mark, I began skimming and then gave up. Sorry but this one wasn't for me.

  • Stacy
    2019-02-25 07:38

    This was a light read, which is what I wanted. Not a great story, but it was entertaining. Vivienne and Ellen have been best friends since they were little girls. They ended up marrying two guys who were also friends. Vivienne was immediately drawn to Ray and Ellen to Trev. Ray ended up being a complete jerk and walked out on Vivienne and their two children, Aaron and Emma, when they were very young. Vivienne raised her kids by herself, well, with the help of her parents and Ellen and Trev. So now it 27 years later and Emma has been traveling the world. But Viv gets an invitation, Emma is getting married to a man named Michael in New Zealand before Christmas. So Viv and Ellen head to New Zealand (by way of Hong Kong). I should mention that Ellen is described as being a larger woman with an even larger voice. They arrive in New Zealand and Viv finds herself attracted to Michael's dad, Gil. Gil is a sheep farmer and owns a beautiful house overlooking the ocean. This is where the wedding will take place. But it doesn't take long for Viv to see that while Michael is a very nice man, Emma isn't herself around him. And now we come to the part of the story I had the most trouble with. Emma decides to surprise Viv... with Ray. She recently 'found' him (he'd been living in Australia with the woman he left Viv for and their children). And now she brought him over to the wedding to walk her down the aisle. And never thought that this would be upsetting to Vivienne. I found that mind-blowing. And why in the world would you be so eager to have the man who abandoned you your entire life have such a place of honor in your big day? This truly made no sense. This was obviously Prowse's way of bringing Ray and Viv back together, so they could finally close that 'chapter' and let Viv be ready to start a new one. I mean, I get it... I just think there could have been a better way to bring them together to make that happen.Emma finally realizes that Michael is great, but not right for her so she calls off the wedding. Gil invited Viv to stay with him through Christmas but she declines saying she wants to get home. But ultimately, at the airport she realizes she can't let him go so she stays and Emma goes back to England with Ellen.A year goes by. Viv and Gil are getting married. Aaron and Lizzie have a baby girl and Lizzie has finally warmed up to the rest of the family. Emma got together with her old friend Shaun and now they are expecting a baby. And Ellen and Trev are doing well. Happy ending.Two small annoyances I had. Vivienne cried over everything. It got annoying. The second was I really didn't like that Viv had to give up her life for Gil's life. And yes, I know Gil had this paradise of a home but it was just beautiful. Vivienne's home had her family and friends. So she moves across the world to be with a man and leaves behind her children, grandchildren, and dearest best friend? I thought she spent 30+ years trapped under the effects of a man, to 'free' herself only to trap herself under a different man? Romantic maybe, but at the sacrifice of family.

  • Emilyat Reaching While Rooted
    2019-03-09 04:39

    I Won’t Be Home for Christmas by Amanda Prowse is a light hearted read perfect for that long drive or plane ride. Vivienne has had a long stale life since her husband left suddenly two decades before. The house she inherited from her parents looks like it is a time capsule of the 60’s, her walks with Bob are the highlight of the day, and she enjoys a steady job at the supermarket Asda. It isn’t until she gets a letter from her daughter Emma inviting Vivienne to her Christmas wedding in New Zealand do things take a turn.Together with her hilarious best friend Ellen Vivienne will travel halfway around the world, departing from her comfort zone and in the process have the adventure of her life. In New Zealand love is calling, but will Vivienne break out of the box she has built around herself and say yes, leaving everything she knows behind?This book was a fun read, filled with humor that recalls the TV sitcom Golden Girls. Ellen and Viv are the type of people you wish were your friends in real life. There are some issues: 50 year old women who act like they’re 70, not much in the way of a plot, and 2-D characters. By no means is this book a literary masterpiece. But if you are looking for a laugh out loud, to shut down your brain, or to leave cold winters behind for a warm Christmas in New Zealand, this is the perfect getaway.

  • Lucy
    2019-03-19 04:28

    I usually enjoy Mrs Prowse's works but there must always be one book you find yourself feeling a bit flat with.. This is mine. I can tell you now, someone won't be home for Christmas. Someone is going away. I really don't think it fair to start dishing out names as well, otherwise what's the point in reading this?There is some good writing from Amanda Prowse, I can say that. As always she doesn't disappoint in sentence structure, however, it was too soft, no real awkward, difficult subjects in this book, no real passion, nitty gritty distraught, desperate page flicking, dying to know what would happen next. Chicklit is great for some people, but it doesn't seem to suit with me. In some ways this book seemed a little on the thin side for the average book, and that leads me to feel it could have been a deadliner. I purely picked this book up because it said "Amanda Prowse" on it and it mentioned Christmas, it's a real hit with me especially as the jumpers and tights are flying out the cupboard. But that's as far as it went for me. I look forward to getting my teeth into some real intense reading from Mrs Prowse by seeking her other hard at handling subjects!

  • E. L.Lowe
    2019-02-17 08:34

    This book was purchased as a gift for me from my friend. I'd never read Amanda Prowse before, so this was my first foray into her novels and I wasn't disappointed. The story offered a beautiful journey into a family who were separated by half a world, to be reunited for a wedding. What I loved most though was the voice of Vivienne and her relationship with her best friend Ellen. We all have those childhood friends we remember. Of the childhood days lazing on a river bank gossiping in summer, to the giggles over boys in school, but in this book, that whole relationship was brought to life as the friends saw their children grown up and moving away. Being a migrant in New Zealand, it was wonderful to see the comparison between the cold English Christmas and the magic of summer Christmas's. To see the conflict of separating with family to live overseas. Once I started this book, I didn't want to put it down. A beautiful story. Well told. I'm looking forward to my next Amanda Prowse read now.

  • Kelly
    2019-03-17 07:25

    This book captures your heart from the off with the fantastic friendship captured between Elle & Viv who have been best friends since childhood and the way in which Amanda Prowse has bought to life the characters of these ladies with feisty Elle & quieter Viv. The way in which the friendship is delivered makes you feel warm and fuzzy and fills you with laughter as they set off on their adventure to New Zealand.Once I had snuggled down I was transported to their world and barely put the book down until I had finished as I was desperate to know the destiny of all these fantastic characters. I picked this up expecting it to be a Christmas book, however although it is based in the lead up to the festive holidays it is a story about love, friendship, tradition and how sometimes you just have to give life another chance.

  • Beata Dobrogoszcz
    2019-03-06 10:45

    It is my first “Christmas” book and I am glad I read it just around Christmas time. Not sure if very realistic (I would like to have a friend who drops everything and buys ticket to New Zeland to go with me to witness my kid wedding), but something to cheer up for sure. It makes you thinking that all dream come true if we change our way of thinking and make some effort to change our life. Maybe it is worth to try it.

  • Lesley
    2019-03-07 11:25

    Another winnerWhat I love about this author, is how she winds her story down a path and takes you along with her!! and I love the fact that when you catch up the outcome may not be what you expect (in this story I had a different path for Bob!) it is still satisfying. I love Amanda Prowse and highly recommend ALL her books

  • Nancy Smith
    2019-03-17 06:32

    Was looking forward to an Amanda Prowse Christmas book for my holiday reading. This wasn't what I was expecting - it was a much lighter read than normal, so much so that I checked who the author was more than once. It wasn't unenjoyable, but certainly didn't have the depth I would have liked.

  • Amanda Greenhough
    2019-03-02 10:23

    TearjerkerWhat a thoroughly enjoyable book. It got more difficult to put down the further into the book I got. At times I felt I was transported to New Zealand! Highly recommend this book.

  • Emma Yarnell
    2019-02-25 06:25

    Another 5 star book from the incredibly talented Amanda. I loved this so much. I adored the characters and the depth of the relationships. I laughed, I cried and then I cried with laughter. Such a wonderful read and made me long for the kind of friendship that Viv has!

  • Karen Farrow
    2019-02-20 10:29

    Another brilliant book by Mrs Prowse. All her books are written about real people and their lives and you can imagine yourself as a friend of the characters as they are so realistic. A gorgeous love story which doesn't run in the normal way (what good love story does) but has a fabulous ending.

  • Katie
    2019-02-20 04:39

    Enjoyed this story I liked Vi and Ellen's friendship throughout. Glad I discovered this author.

  • Janettef
    2019-02-19 12:25

    Very enjoyable read, loved the contrasts between characters and between countries.

  • Kazza
    2019-03-08 12:40

    Easy nice book to read!

  • Kellie Mackrell
    2019-03-16 05:30

    This was a quick, easy read with a nice enough storyline but nothing spectacular.

  • Jane Watson
    2019-03-20 09:41

    Not a bad book, quite good. Wasn't overwhelmed by it, but it moved on okay and the characters weren't too bad. Not particularly festive but that was fine.

  • Jacqui Nicholson
    2019-03-03 08:16

    A lovely story with a happy ending. A little bit predictable but still an easy read.

  • Michele
    2019-02-28 05:23

    This was just the book I needed this season. A great escape to a different kind of Christmas destination. And happy endings all around. Perfect!

  • Karen Carter
    2019-03-13 06:24

    A gentle story but an enjoyable read. The relationships portrayed are warm and feel believable; the relationship between Viv and her friend Elle is very strong and in many ways drives the lead character and helps to drive the plot forward, it is moving but also provides humour which helps to lift the book beyond a more typical seasonal romance.

  • sarah shaw
    2019-03-06 06:42

    Lovely christmas storyWhat a wonderful Christmas story! Brilliant character's . I really liked the dynamics of Vivienne and Ellen's friendship. Always enjoy a happy ending.

  • Julie
    2019-03-11 12:43

    I thought this was ok. Liked the setting, but something about it didn't totally grab me

  • Joan
    2019-03-11 08:29

    Great easy read NZ romantic story

  • Natalie McPhee
    2019-02-21 06:32

    A kindle deal of the day that should have been a deal of the don’t waste your time on this nonsense.

  • Yvonne Savage
    2019-03-10 06:20

    Chick lit for the older woman

  • Liz
    2019-03-16 04:38

    This is the second Amanda Prowse novel that I've read and this one is nowhere near as compelling as 'My Husband's Wife'. I thought the storyline was shallow and far-fetched and there was no character development at all. In fact I can hardly believe both books were written by the same person. Disappointed!

  • Jo
    2019-03-18 06:21

    I liked the story and the characters, but I loved the location. Oh my goodness I need to visit it. When the triplets are old enough to cope with 23 hours of flights we are heading there. The author made it come alive with the descriptions in such a way that I really do think I'll end up visiting. This is definitely one to read!