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Genre: Fiction / Romance / Author: Cally Taylor / ISBN: 1409121585 / Publication Date: 2011 / Publisher: Orion

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      08.12.2012 17:38
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      Expected it to be Christmassy!

      Every year, in the run up to Christmas, I buy a load of Christmas books, DVDs and Cds to get me in the festive spirit. This year on the look out for some new books that I hadn't read before, I came across this one; Home For Christmas which sounded like a real 'cosy' Christmas book. The book was written by Cally Taylor and was released in the United Kingdom in 2011 and so it is fairly recent. The book is currently available to buy from Amazon from as little as £0.01 which I think is excellent value for money.

      ~ * The Plot (Taken from Amazon.co.uk)* ~

      Beth Prince has always loved fairytales and now, aged twenty-four, she feels like she's finally on the verge of her own happily ever after. She lives by the seaside, works in the Picturebox - a charming but rundown independent cinema - and has a boyfriend who's so debonair and charming she can't believe her luck! There's just one problem - none of her boyfriends have ever told her they love her and it doesn't look like Aiden's going to say it any time soon. Desperate to hear 'I love you' for the first time Beth takes matters into her own hands - and instantly wishes she hadn't. Just when it seems like her luck can't get any worse, bad news arrives in the devilishly handsome shape of Matt Jones. Matt is the regional director of a multiplex cinema and he's determined to get his hands on the Picturebox by Christmas. Can Beth keep her job, her man and her home or is her romantic-comedy life about to turn into a disaster movie?

      I couldn't wait to read this book that I started reading it as soon as I received it through the post. I know you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but it looked so Christmassy and like such a cosy read. However, it turns out that this book is not Christmassy at all! I was expecting a great Christmas read, but there is nothing whatsoever Christmassy about this book. It's just like a normal chick-lit story, and they have tried to make it sound Christmassy with the title and cover. So, to be honest I was a bit disappointed that I had wasted my time reading a non-christmassy book at Christmas time, as I could have read it another time and read a Christmassy book instead.

      The plot is fairly simply. I wouldn't say it is hugely imaginative as it is quite simple. I did find it quite predictable. I found that even thought the writing is is simple and 'light', whilst I was reading it, I did find it hard to get into. Even though the story is very normal, I did find it quite difficult to connect with. At one point I did think 'oh shall I just give up reading it?' but as the time went on I find the book became more 'easier' to read.

      The book is well written. The writing flows naturally and I like how easy to read the book is. I found myself laughing out loud in some places. The book is very fast paced which I like as it means that the book does not hang around too long. As this book is not Christmassy, despite its title and cover, you could read it any time of the year.

      There are two main characters in the book; Beth and Matt. Beth was a very normal and down to earth character although I did find her annoying in places; for example the way everyone would stamp on her. She's quite sensitive and I did feel sorry for her in places. Matt is the male character; I liked him as he was also a 'normal bloke' and seemed down to earth. I liked how the book is written from the two main characters perspective (Matt and Beth). So Beth starts off the book, then the second chapter is from Matt, and then Beth again, and then back to Matt and continues every other throughout the book. I liked how the book was written from both character's points of view as it helped me as a reader get to know the characters better and helped me understand them. I also thought that it was very interesting to have a chick-lit book from a male's perspectibe. It was also interesting seeing how males and females think differently.

      I felt that the book had enough characters; enough to keep up with, but yet not too many that the reader has to keep asking 'oh who was that again?'. So that was good. I didn't like the character Carl; he was so horrible. I also didn't like Beth's mum as she was very rude.

      I would recommend this book, but not as a Christmas read.

      Thanks for reading!
      December 2012
      xdonzx / xd-o-n-z-x

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      26.10.2012 07:28
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      A decent xmas chick lit book.

      Since last Chrisatmas (when my husband treated me to a box set of Christmas chick lit books), i have started keeping my eye for them, as they contained the two main elements i enjoy reading about, romance and the festive period!

      After a recent visit to my local library i found a book that i initially thought i had read, but after a quick look at the synopsis decided to read again! (The problem being the stories are all different, but the covers seem to have been mass produced!).

      This particular book is called - "Home for Christmas" by Cally Taylor.

      Beth Prince has always been a bit of a dreamer, having almost fell out of school into her first job as an atendant at her beloved family run cinema, she has remained there and is now part of the furniture.

      Her mother is a single and very driven buisness woman, who is constatntly trying to get her daughter to relocate to Australia with her, will she sucumb, or will she get her dream job........running the cinema completely?

      Matt is the regional director of a multiplex cinema corporation, who is intend on taking over the world!
      After the company discovers this quaint little family run cinema, that is in the perfect location for a faceless and souless multiplex he is set on the case to purchase it, then he see's Beth and his life is turned around.

      Will he follow his heart or his head?

      This was actaully a really good read, though the warm fuzzy festive feeling wasn't as forth coming as it normally is within these sort of books.

      I really tried to connect with the main charcter of Beth, but felt (initially anyway!) she was really flaky and completely unrealistic, though once she gets dumped by her then squeeze Aiden, i felt she was a little more realistic to me.

      Matt was the charcter i liked and even related to, he is stuck in a job that he initially liked, but now has to do as a means to an end, with his fantastic elderly Grandad being supported (albeit unknown to him!) by Matt too, so it's either put up or shut up!

      The book was written with real humour, with some real laugh out loud moments (abseiling, too tight trousers and a huge split......say no more!), but also some real heart wrenching moments too, it's been a while since i have actually cried at a book.

      The only critism i could potentially have with the book is the fact that everything of any importance happened in the last few pages, and felt completely rushed, i didn't feel like i had the chance to enjoy the ending at all, though how the story wound up was very enjoyable, i would have preferred it over a few more pages than it was over.

      This said however i found the book very easy to read (albeit not that taxing a subject!), and managed to read it in a couple of days, and was left feeling quite festive!

      There is a far amount of sex within the book, though again is written with real humour rather than being too graphic, so adds to the story rather than being there just for the sake of it!

      I did enjoy this book, with the ending letting it down a little, but would still reccomend this to fans of this sort of genre.

      Pricewise this can be purchased for £6.29 paperback, and £4.49 kindle version via www.amazon.co.uk

      Thanks for reading x

      ISBN 978-1-4091-2158-9

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      01.12.2011 18:50
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      A touching and wonderful festive read

      Beth Prince has always loved fairytales and now, aged twenty-four, she feels like she's finally on the verge of her own happily ever after. She lives by the seaside, works in the Picturebox - a charming but rundown independent cinema - and has a boyfriend who's so debonair and charming she can't believe her luck! There's just one problem - none of her boyfriends have ever told her they love her and it doesn't look like Aiden's going to say it any time soon. Desperate to hear 'I love you' for the first time Beth takes matters into her own hands - and instantly wishes she hadn't. Just when it seems like her luck can't get any worse, bad news arrives in the devilishly handsome shape of Matt Jones. Matt is the regional director of a multiplex cinema and he's determined to get his hands on the Picturebox by Christmas. Can Beth keep her job, her man and her home or is her romantic-comedy life about to turn into a disaster movie?

      This is Cally Taylor's second novel, and I was really pleased to see that this time Cally is attempting a festive read. I think the cover is really stunning, and will certainly attract a lot of chick lit lovers to pick up the book, and possibly those who wouldn't usually go for this genre too! I adored Cally's debut novel Heaven Can Wait, and it was quite possibly by read of the year 2009, so I had high hopes for this one too. Luckily what I got was a heart-warming and touching tale of love, Christmas and what can happen when you really, really want something badly in your heart! Everything about this book was lovely, from the characters, to the descriptions of the wonderful old Picturebox cinema... I really wish I had one of those in my town instead of a big chain cinema! There isn't that much Christmas-related stuff in it but somehow it doesn't seem to matter, you're just swept up in the moment that when it does appear, it's lovely!

      First of all, I have to say how much I love the name of the old-fashioned cinema within this book... Picturebox! It seems to fit the idea of it perfectly, and I thought it was just so charming I had to mention it! Beth Prince is the book's lead character, and I really, really loved Beth. Unlike a lot of female characters in chick lit I have read lately, there was nothing I didn't like about Beth whatsoever. She was hard-working, kind, passionate and just an all-round nice girl. It just happens her boyfriend is a bit of a pig, and she's not having much luck in her job at the moment either. However, I loved the way she handled carious situations, from showing her ex-boyfriend up in front of everyone who matters to trying her best to save her beloved cinema although she is sure it's a fruitless challenge. I also love how Taylor wrote the relationship between Beth and Matt, the main male character of the book - it's so sweet and touching and I really enjoying reading how things slowly develop between the pair. However, I must mention Beth's awful mother... god what a woman! She did make for some good reading though I have to say!

      I also really liked the character Matt, a man who works for the big chain company trying to take over the lovely little Picturebox despite his heart telling him not to do it. Cally Taylor actually took an unusual step and chose to write alternating chapters with different narratives, so we had one or two with Beth, and following that was a chapter or two by Matt. It really enabled us to see another side to Matt, one that Beth couldn't properly see and so it was a joy to read because I kept wondering how long it would take Beth to realise what was really going on with Matt. He was a great male character and I highly enjoyed his chapters - he was a really caring guy and the scenes between he and his grandfather were so touching. There weren't that many characters in the book really, but they weren't need because the story revolved so much around Beth and Matt that anyone else really just fell by the wayside.

      I really liked how Cally Taylor really got behind her characters in this book. They felt very real, and as I was reading about them, I found myself really caring about them because they such nice people. I found the story surrounding the Picturebox and it's impending take-over was very well written as well, it seemed like Beth's fight was going to be in vain then suddenly you're thrown off in another direction with the story and it was constantly moving, which was great as it really kept my interest throughout. Although the magical element that was present within Heaven Can Wait wasn't to be found in this book, I didn't find it lacking without it at all, and I don't know how the book would have been improved with it being added in either. Cally Taylor's writing is great, very readable and totally draws you into the book, and I was hooked from the first page to the last - I found myself ploughing through it relatively quickly because I wanted to find out how things would end up for Beth and for the Picturebox! If you want a cosy and enjoyable festive read, then you can't go far wrong with Home for Christmas. It's a wonderful read that warmed my heart, and kept me wanting to read more. Fantastic!

      ISBN: 978-1409121589. Published by Orion on 10th November 2011. Pages: 368. RRP: £6.99. Also available as an eBook.

      Thank you to the publishers for sending me a copy to review for http://chicklitchloe.blogspot.com

      Thank you for reading.

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