Hello readers! Today is my stop during the blog tour for A Typical Family Christmas by Liz Davies, organized by Rachel’s Random Resources . Many thanks to Rachel and author for tour invite and providing e-copy of this book. Please check out my review and book details in this post.
A Typical Family Christmas by Liz Davies
Publication Date: 10th October 2019
Genre: Chicklit / Romance
For once, Kate Peters would like a happy, family Christmas; the kind of Christmas seen in the movies. She wants harmony and happiness, smiling, glowing faces, tables groaning with food, carol singing around the tree. She wants love, kindness, and goodwill to all men, especially in her own house.
What she doesn’t want is drama. Absolutely no drama, whatsoever.
But what she gets is three stroppy children, two equally stroppy grandmothers, a husband who can’t manage to change a lightbulb, and Pepe the poodle.
It’s no wonder she feels unappreciated, overworked, and ignored. At the end of her tinsel-coated tether, and with the only Christmas spirit being in the form of a bottle of raspberry gin, Kate decides to leave them to it, and see how they manage without her.
A quiet little hotel somewhere near the sea, where she can pretend Christmas doesn’t exist, is just the thing she needs. Isn’t it?
*** Note: I received e-copy of this book as a part of Blog tour, in exchange for an honest review. ***
A Typical Family Christmas was lovely, entertaining, humorous and realistic Romcom that revolved around Peters family. I bet you wouldn’t want to spend your Christmas anywhere near this family. It was about family drama, importance of sharing burden, being supportive, understanding each other’s perspective, and bringing back the spark in relationship and enjoying Christmas as a family.
“Christmas is all about family.” But that might not be true with Peters family!
Meet the Peter family.
Kate was best wife, mother and a person who kept her family glued sorted out all little problem, handled her whiny kids all day and taxied them wherever they wanted to. She was doing amazing along with her part time job. Trust me Peter household is not easy to manage. My heart went out to Kate. Poor thing did all without any support or help.
Her kids were lousy, ignorant and selfish especially teenage girls. They didn’t respect each other or elders, always wanted her mother to find their things they put somewhere. They were treating her like their personal maid and even dared to say they hated her on her face. I don’t know how Kate tolerated these brats. Her son was much better. At least he was cooped up in his room with xbox.
Her Husband, Brett was no better. I disliked him more than her kids and mothers. How could he not see what she was going through, how she was feeling about him, his mother and their children! And his behavior and thoughts after Kate’s big step at climax surprised me even more. Thank God mine is better and thanks to my years of training (Just as author mentioned in acknowledgement ;)).
Helen– the mother-in-law- always criticized Kate. Kate was never good enough for her. She sometime do things just to spite Kate. Beverly– the mother- was always miserable. She hated Christmas and made everybody around her miserable.
I have to say, Pepe– the poodle steal the show. Most of laughable moments were because of this little spoilt dog who had attitude higher than any other family member. He desperately needed training and a dog whisperer.
What I liked-
Writing was wonderful. It hooked me to story right from the beginning. The story was narrated from Kate and Brett’s POV. Kate’s POV said about her trouble and burden she felt at house. She had empathetic and realistic tone. It was easy to feel relatable with her when it came to her mother-in-law and her feelings. While Brett’s POV said about his own problems, work pressure and long hours that left him tired and frustrated. I could understand why he was ignorant towards his family but that didn’t justify his thought towards Kate.
Drama started from very first line with Kate’s announcement of her mother coming for Christmas. Now that’s big issue because her mother-in-law always come for Christmas. Both mothers disliked each other, avoided being in same room and that means one of the girl had to share room. It shouldn’t be issue as well but in this family everybody were at each other’s throats. Squabbling, disagreements, shouting, slamming doors was normal with two teenage girls, one almost-teenage-boy. Moreover two mothers were going to be under same roof who could be worse than teenagers. You can imagine how entertaining this was going to be.
I was curious to see how they were going to survive and how worse it can be, what new drama will unfold and how much Kate’s nerves can tolerate. It was like hurricane was inevitable, I was just waiting and preparing for it until all the hell broke free from all direction. It was exciting to see what Kate will do about it and how she will turn this typical family Christmas into merry one.
Family dynamic was great. I so enjoyed characters’ descriptions, their characteristics and antics. Normal dysfunctional family is where everybody has reason to dislike each other but here they disliked each other without a specific reason and based on childishness so I don’t know if I should call it dysfunctional family. Oh, but their bickering and squabbling was fun to read. They were amusing.
What I liked most was their development. Specially Brett’s that came after climax. Climax was the best. Served everybody right. The moment of realization and remorse was different for all characters, some needed even more scolding and stern authoritative tone. Even Kate realized her mistake and felt guilt. Brett’s emotions were most heartfelt and I so loved him from climax to end.
End was sweet and lovely with merry Peters family Christmas, not a typical one I started with.
Overall, it was hilarious, dramatic, warm and festive romcom. This, so far, was best Christmas read. Those who love family drama wouldn’t want to miss this. I highly recommend this book.
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Liz Davies writes feel-good, light-hearted stories with a hefty dose of romance, a smattering of humour, and a great deal of love.
She’s married to her best friend, has one grown-up daughter, and when she isn’t scribbling away in the notepad she carries with her everywhere (just in case inspiration strikes), you’ll find her searching for that perfect pair of shoes. She loves to cook but isn’t very good at it, and loves to eat – she’s much better at that! Liz also enjoys walking (preferably on the flat), cycling (also on the flat), and lots of sitting around in the garden on warm, sunny days.
She currently lives with her family in Wales, but would ideally love to buy a camper van and travel the world in it.
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