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Review :: Christmas Every Day :: Beth Moran

This week’s book for my Christmassy NetGalley-athon was Beth Moran’s Christmas Every Day. While it was a perfectly fine read there was one thing that I really didn’t expect, and that was a bit of a disappointment – this isn’t a Christmas story. It is told over the period of a year, starting at Christmas one year and finishing the next, but really it isn’t even Christmas adjacent.
Now that I have that off my chest, here’s the synopsis from Goodreads
When Jenny inherits her estranged grandmother’s cottage in Sherwood Forest, she has nothing to lose – no money, no job, no friends, no family to speak of, and zero self-respect. Things can only get better…

Her grumpy, but decidedly handsome new neighbour, Mack, has a habit of bestowing unsolicited good deeds on her. And when Jenny is welcomed into a rather unusual book club, life seems to finally be getting more interesting.

Instead of reading, the members pledge to complete individual challenges before Christmas: from finding new love, learning to bake, to completing a daredevil bucket list. Jenny can’t resist joining in, and soon a year of friendship and laughter, tears and regrets unfolds in the most unexpected ways.

 Ok, so the synopsis doesn’t sound especially festive, but just look at that cover!
Lack of Christmassiness aside, this was a nice book. I wasn’t mad about some elements of the writing – for instance the chapters often finished with a line leading to the next chapter – like “I wouldn’t have believed what would happen next”, which I didn’t love.

The  story itself was actually just the kind of thing I like to read – a main character finding herself (literally and figuratively) in a new place with a quirky-ish cast of supporting characters. It also features one of my favourite tropes – unlikely friends brought together by a common interest (in this case book club), with the narrative revolving around their friendships and how they support each other.

Just because they were kind of unexpected (although I should have read enough books about women’s friendships to always expect these) I think it is worth giving a content warning for infant loss and also terminal illness.

I gave this one 2 out of 5 stars – having taken a half star off because of it not being Christmassy. To be honest, its entirely possible I might have given it 3 stars if I had not had the expectation that it would be more festive, but who can tell? 
In short, this is a sweet story, but if you’re after a Christmas cosy I’d skip it.

xo Bron  

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Christmas Every Day by Beth Moran
Out now from Boldwood Books
Source: free ebook provided for review by Boldwood Books via NetGalley
Themes: Finding yourself, relationships, family, friendship, infant loss, terminal illness
  


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