Friday, 13 December 2013

Coming Home by Patricia Scanlan. Book review no. 20

I LOVE reading Christmassy themed novels! I always like to get some in my stocking, and this one is from last Christmas. I actually read this months ago but have only just gotten around to posting this..
coming home patricia scanlan
Two sisters…two very different lives. Alison. As Christmas approaches, her American dream is in tatters. Her highflying career is on the skids, as she is made jobless in the financial meltdown. Her wealthy boyfriend is playing away. But pride prevents her from telling her family just how bad things are. Olivia, back home, is fraught trying to juggle family, career, preparations for Christmas and a surprise party for their mother’s seventieth birthday. How she envies, and sometimes resents, her sister Alison and her life of excitement and affluence in New York. Coming home is the last thing Alison wants to do, especially now that she’s met a rather attractive, sexy, down to earth neighbour. But family ties are strong. Alison and Olivia sort their differences, the party throws up a few surprises and Christmas brings changes for Alison that she could never have imagined before...
This was a very easy read, being only287 pages thick helped too..
I’ve never read the author before (that I remember) so had nothing to compare it too, but had I read the reviews on Amazon before hand I probably wouldn’t have bought it as they are mostly ‘disappointed compared to her usual novels’.
I would say it’s an ok easy read at Christmas time, it’s a heart warming tale of two sisters separated by the paths their lives have taken and who live in completely different worlds.
It’s believable and I liked the family values running through, but would I buy another novel by the same author? Maybe second hand….

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