The week before Christmas is the perfect time to curl up with a holiday story. Whether it be a long drive cross country, a few stolen moments between festivities, or a quiet afternoon by the tree, a Christmas novel is the best way to warm the heart and get you into the spirit of the season. Over the next seven days I will be sharing the books I am indulging in this season, and hopefully you find one that speaks to you too.
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. Overall 3 out of 5 stars