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The new novel from Sunday Times best seller Dilly Court.

She turned the picture of the Christmas card over with her frozen hands. The scene showed a family at Yuletide as they gathered around the magnificent tree. Standing stiff with cold on the icy cobbles, Alice could only dream....

With the snow falling steadily, Alice and her ailing mother have found themselves on the cold streets of London with only debts to their name - forced to rely on the begrudging charity of cruel Aunt Jane. Determined to rid herself of an expensive responsibility, Jane instead tries forcing Alice into a monstrous marriage.

Even though Alice knows her aunt will turn her out, she refuses the marriage and is sent to work in a grand house to earn her keep. Finding herself in sole charge of the untamable and spoilt young miss of the house, Alice's only ally is handsome Uncle Rory, who can see she's more than a mere servant. But when someone sets out to destroy her reputation, Alice can only pray a little Christmas spirit will save her from ruin....

©2016 Dilly Court (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

Praise for Dilly Court:
"A fast-paced, riveting read." ( Sunday Express)
"A heart-warming, fast-paced story that will keep you gripped till the end." ( The People's Friend)
"As always Dilly keeps you absorbed right to the end." ( Choice)
"A rollicking, fast-paced adventure with a hint of romance!" ( My Weekly)
"Spellbinding...you just keep turning the pages." ( Daily Mail)
"Atmospheric, vivid and compelling." ( My Weekly)
"An excellent, well-researched read." ( People's Friend)
"Perfect for Downton Abbey fans...heart-tugging." ( Peterborough Telegraph)

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A great story

I was a bit worried at the start if I was going to like this story. But I really did enjoy it. It had quite a few twists and turns.
Alice, who is the main character seems to get herself into lots of different circumstances. You think there is either nothing worse that could happen to her or that things might just work out. And then she just seems to get misunderstood or goes off at a tangent.
It has a bit of a mystery as well as a bit of romance.
A fun book that I really enjoyed as the narrator helped with her capture of the different characters

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  • Dawn
  • 08-11-2016

Delightful, magnificent & brilliantly narrated.

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This is must for all Dilly Court fans as well as a wonderful feel-good heart warming read for those who are new to her books. As a lover of the combination Dilly Court and Annie Aldington I was really looking forward to listening to “The Christmas Card” and was certainly not disappointed as yet again Dilly Court presented us with another wonderfully written uplifting novel set around the familiar London back streets.

This historical saga begins as the heroine Alice finds herself in changed circumstances following the death of her father. Left only with his debts and “The Christmas Card,” Alice and her mother are forced to seek refuge with her penny pinching Aunt Jane. The plot then unfolds from Aunt Jane’s home as we very quickly meet most of the characters who are equally well written and delivered with faultless perfection by Annie Aldington’s wonderful narration.

At the beginning we are very quickly given an explanation of all the characters, so there is no confusion or trying to work out who is who. Without giving too much away this book is a typical Dilly Court saga with the heroine attempting to overcome adversity in a feel good story that totally absorbs you in the atmosphere of the lives and world of the characters. Horace seems to resemble Mr. Collins from Pride & Prejudice and he certainly made me laugh out loud in places.

Quickly conveyed into the tangled emotional rollercoaster of the story, I was kept gripped and intrigued until the very end and was unable to put it down, finishing it on the same day as I started it.

Would I recommend it? Yes, this book is an absolute must; Floras last line really made me smile and was a perfect end to a remarkable tale.

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  • j
  • 04-01-2018

Enjoyable

Predictable but enjoyable story.
The characters and plot was engaging and I will definitely be reading/listening to more books by Dilly Court.

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  • S. Cooper
  • 24-08-2017

Unputdownable!

My first Dilly Court and I loved it. Excellent, gripping storyline with excellent narration.
Now, which Dilly Court next??

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  • Dave
  • 13-02-2017

excellent

loved the story and easy to listen top the narrator. could stop listening. really good story

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  • Anne Callender
  • 02-02-2017

this is an truly amazing book

I found this book riveting once I started listening I had to keep listening it didn't lose my interest at all the characters are strong and story colourful

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  • barbara
  • 10-01-2017

Brilliant

Where does The Christmas Card rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I have listened to many excellent books so far. The Christmas Card is one of the best - Annie Aldington is a wonderful narrator - so many different voices - it was like listening to a play!

What did you like best about this story?

I thought it was interesting to hear about the way lives where years ago

Which scene did you most enjoy?

It must be the ending of course - but each chapter was really good

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

sorry, no idea

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Will be listening to books written by Dilly Court and read by Annie Aldington again.

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  • caroline Hall
  • 31-12-2020

Soo, soo boring

I first loved Dilly Court story's. I can't believe I've spent so much £ on her audio books hoping for the first thirst for next book, the later books did help me to (sleeeeep) I think I will write your next book Dilly. I'm no story teller, but, here goes .Young women/child falls on hard times, 2 or more men fall in love with her, 1 is very rich and wants to rescue her. but, she doesn't need this help as she is soo strong because you keep telling use, she has a redicule .cant spell this, I think this is a handbag She takes poor unloved venerable women/child under her wing,.. .. bad man/woman out to get her.. rescued by kind/rich man. You go into much boring detail about her clothing, whereabouts ,wallpaper, seriously!!! LAZY writing. Dilly you started so well.

I will be asking for refund from Amazon. Dilly you started as a wonderful writer, stop being lazy lovlie.
I BET THIS REVIEW WILL BE LAST. Listeners need to know.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-12-2020

Great book

Great story, very festive and could stop listening, looking forward to my next read by Dilly.

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  • Sharon
  • 08-12-2020

Narrator

Once again Annie Aldington brings the story to life, few twists turns really enjoyed the story, well done Dilly.

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  • Mrs N P Uttley
  • 15-01-2020

Liverpool as it used to be

Good story about the middle classes at the 1990 t
the class system at its worst

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