Home for Christmas is a heart warming tale of one woman’s search for true love – fairytale style.
Beth Prince is twenty four years old, living in Brighton and working at the old fashioned Picture Box cinema. She is in a relationship with Aiden and believes everything to be going well, apart from he hasn’t told he her loves her. In fact, none of the boyfriends she has had have ever said the L word.
The plot is quite fast paced and as well as struggling in the love department, Beth has a pushy mother determined to take her away from her beloved cinema and set her up as a PA in Australia. When the Picturebox seems to be on the verge of a takeover by a major chain Beth feels that her mother’s dreams must be coming true, unless she can get the managerial position. Using her mothers’ business knowledge and sheer determination she sets off on a recruiting weekend to Wales determined to score top marks, but things don’t quite go to plan.
Taylor’s writing style draws us straight into the text, especially as the chapters of the book were written in first person but from two perspectives; Matt’s point of view and Beth’s point of view. I really liked this element of the novel and it makes a refreshing change to read a book where the thoughts of two lead characters are equally prominent. I also felt that I knew both of the characters and what was happening in there lives.
Cally Taylor has written a lovely novel, which made me just want to curl up by the fire with a hot chocolate. There are some hilarious moments alongside some very cringe worthy ones where I felt so sorry for Beth. The ending was just fantastic and not quite what I had been expecting. This is the first book that I have read by Cally Taylor and I will now be on the look out for her first novel ‘Heaven Can Wait’. I also fell in love with the cover of this book - what a perfect Christmas present!
If you’re looking for a great read this festive season then look no further than Cally Taylor’s lovely ‘Home for Christmas’.