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Can the imperfect family really have the perfect Christmas? Juliet Joyce adores Christmas. She loves the presents, the tree, the turkey, the tinsel, everything. Already the festive spirit is upon her, which is just as well as this Christmas things are starting to get out of hand. Her son, Tom, is out of work and bringing home a slew of unsuitable partners; pregnant daughter Chloe and her little boy have moved back in; Juliet's father, Frank, is getting over heartbreak of his own; and Rita, her eccentric mother, is behaving more erratically each day. And has the chaos got too much for Juliet's husband, Rick? With the big day fast approaching, Juliet hopes that she can stop everything spiralling out of control, because the only thing she wants is her family all around her and her home to be filled With Love At Christmas.

©2012 Carole Matthews (P)2012 Isis Publishing Ltd

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Christmas Soap

The first chapter was great! The second chapter sounded like it could be the first chapter. So did the third. The story really dragged to get started. I was tempted at several points to stop listening. I am glad I persevered though. This book is like a soap opera. It goes on and on and on about tiny details. It does not differentiate between big events or little ones. It lulls you in, especially with the very nice and kind sounding narrator. While I had trouble sticking with the story in the first third of the book, it did get more fluent and there where 3 awesone moments that had me laughing out loud. The actually Christmas lunch that I had expected to be the last chapter was dragged out over 10 chapters. There was no climax but instead a thorough description of every Christmassy detail. Actually quite nice for a Christmas book. I think I'll listen to it again closet to the season.

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  • Sandra
  • 01-03-2013

Love at Christmas a very nice story

Very enjoyable story and good narration.It made me chuckle a few times all about family and friends and good will at Christmas.

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  • TeaPartyPrincess
  • 13-01-2015

5 Words: Christmas, family, love, kindness...

5 Words: Christmas, family, love, kindness, generosity.

Don't you just hate it when you listen to a sample and all is great and then when you're about 1/4 of the way through you up the speed because it's starting to drag?

I don't think it was the story, although it was rather slow at times, but the narrator had a pretty grating voice after a while.

It was a pretty good story, and although it felt at times that nothing was happening, an awful lot had happened by the end. It was enjoyable enough and did have its funny moments, and when the pace picked up at the end I found myself enjoying it a lot more.

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  • vicki
  • 14-12-2013

Waste of time

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The family in this story so revolting that I couldn't even get past chapter 5. Couldn't relate to this family , might worked better as a horror story, really disliked it.

Would you ever listen to anything by Carole Matthews again?

No, after this experience I wouldn't take the chance life is too short

How could the performance have been better?

Performance would of improved with better material, one would hope

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from With Love at Christmas?

As I couldn't gat past chapter 5 I would as editor not published story

Any additional comments?

Had promise but this imperfect family just didn't cut it

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  • Mr Peter R Davies
  • 27-06-2016

With Love at Christmas

As always super story wonderfully Narrated by Julia Franklin's .looking forward to next one.have already purchased it

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  • Russell
  • 04-01-2016

Loved listening to this at Christmas

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes if they wanted a good Christmas listen

What other book might you compare With Love at Christmas to, and why?

Not my usual type of book so I can't say

Have you listened to any of Julia Franklin’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not particularly emotional, but it fitted the bill for a pre Christmas listen, it was festive, amusing and light hearted but not too much so. Also not just a Xmas romance so suited to an older person with all the Xmas arrangements to make.

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Not my usual type of listen but brilliant for the time of year. Enjoyed it.

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  • Patricia
  • 08-01-2014

A lovely Christmas story

If you could sum up With Love at Christmas in three words, what would they be?

Lovely,funny,witty, could happen to all of us

What was one of the most memorable moments of With Love at Christmas?

When Holly was born, when Samuel died, and above the carpet scene when Tom came in unexpected

What does Julia Franklin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

She really was Juliette telling her own story; and Julia (or Juliette), was very appropriate

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I would have liked to and did listen way into the night in a very few bouts, not getting much "beauty sleep" but it was well worth it.

Any additional comments?

I loved it, will recommend it. I laughed a lot, shed a few tears, guessed early on that it was Myrak in the shed. Carole Matthews is a wonderful author

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  • Saffy
  • 31-12-2013

Disappointingly dull

I have previously enjoyed 'A cottage by the sea' and 'Calling Mrs Christmas' but was very disappointed in this Christmas offering from Carole Matthews. It did appear to be a hastily written piece for the Christmas market with a very flimsy plot and poor characterisation. I found it difficult to like any of the characters and the only thing that kept me listening was Julia Franklin's excellent narration.

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  • Gembem
  • 03-03-2019

another amazing read

simply gourgeous book ,a must from start to finish .Engaging fully loved it cried and laughed .

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  • ellie
  • 18-11-2018

fantastic read

I thoroughly enjoyed this story and will definitely listen to it again. Lovely warm Christmas family story.

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  • Jo B Bristol
  • 03-11-2018

Cosy, warm hearted Christmas story

Beautifully read and very enjoyable. A story you can immerse yourself in and switch off from everything around you. A ' feel good' story!

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