2013 Book Reviews

The Christmas List by Chrissie Manby

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‘Its the first of December and Milly Arnold is facing a miserable Noel. Newly single, the last thing she wants to do is join her settled sister and her you g family for the first of their traditions: the writing of the Christmas lists. However Milly’s nephews have other ideas and insist she writes a list of her own (with illustrations to help Father Christmas decipher her terrible handwriting). Milly duly makes a request for a bunch of roses, some chocolate and a new pair of shoes. She doesn’t expect to get any of it.

However, that very day, a box of chocolates appears, swiftly followed by the roses. And when Milly wins a voucher to buy a pair of shoes, she begins to wonder if there’s something in this Christmas cosmic offering after all. She quickly amends her first letter. However, as Christmas gets closer and the expected items she requested appear in increasingly unexpected ways. Milky starts to worry that Santa might be taking her list just a little to literally…’

Firstly I would like to thank Chrissie for allowing me to review The Christmas List, I really appreciate it.

I have been a fan of Chrissie Manby’s for 13 years, at the age of 14 I picked up my first book of hers and I’ve loved her books ever since. So when I got the opportunity to review this book I practically hit my head on the ceiling from jumping with delight.

This novella is absolutely brilliant, it’s full of good old fashion Christmas magic. What more could you ask for? As well as that, there is a good quality dose of humour that had me giggling away.

I loved Milly’s absolute insane love of Christmas, because I’m just as nuts about Christmas as she is!

Milly, a year earlier, was dragged to the pub by her sister, which was where she met Duncan. It’s now nearly time for their first anniversary, but unfortunately for Milly Duncan has decided to break up with Milly.

Milly is of course devastated and has to face seeing her family and joining in family traditions she would rather ignore this year. When Milly writes her list to Santa and she starts to receive the gifts she has asked for, she starts to wonder if she can ask for slightly more adventurous gifts the second time round.

This was fun and endearing, a light hearted and magical Christmas story that you will find hard to put down.

The Christmas List is available here


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