Oct 17, 2019

A Typical Family Christmas by Liz Davies Review

A Typical Family Christmas
By Liz Davies
Release Date: September 15th, 2019
Tour Host: Rachel's Random Resources
Source: ARC provided by the author

For once, Kate Peters would like a happy, family Christmas; the kind of
Christmas seen in the movies. She wants harmony and happiness, smiling,
glowing faces, tables groaning with food, carol singing around the
tree. She wants love, kindness, and goodwill to all men, especially in
her own house.

What she doesn’t want is drama. Absolutely no drama, whatsoever.

But what she gets is three stroppy children, two equally stroppy
grandmothers, a husband who can’t manage to change a lightbulb, and Pepe
the poodle.

It’s no wonder she feels unappreciated, overworked, and ignored. At the end
of her tinsel-coated tether, and with the only Christmas spirit being in
the form of a bottle of raspberry gin, Kate decides to leave them to it,
and see how they manage without her.

A quiet little hotel somewhere near the sea, where she can pretend
Christmas doesn’t exist, is just the thing she needs. Isn’t it?

*ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review*

I honestly didn’t know what to expect when I started reading A Typical Family Christmas, she was a new to me author and I expected it to be the Typical British Christmas story that I know and love and to tell you the truth very much miss as an expat, but that was not what I got at all. 

When you open A Typical Family Christmas you step into a world of a mother forgotten! Used and ignored and maybe a little bit belittled by everyone in the family. You see to her family Kate was not important, she was the general dogsbody to all the people who should love and appreciate her. 

But that’s not Kate’s life, which all implodes when both Grandmothers come for Christmas and almost come to blows, her two teenage daughters are out of control, her youngest child is engrossed in video games and she gets zero support from the one person that is always supposed to be there for her, her husband Brett, but it all comes to a head when she hears something that should never been said, and Kate does the only thing she can do, save her self. 

Wow! What a powerful story! So well written, amazing characters, and truly should be given out to all the families in the first world as a how not to be a selfish child!  This book truly moved me, to the point that I called my mother and apologized for my behavior as a teen. My heart really did break for Kate, Sam and eventually Brett, who came across as more overwhelmed rather than a complete jerk. 

I give A Typical Family Christmas 5 stars!

Liz Davies writes feel-good, light-hearted stories with a hefty dose of romance, a smattering of humour, and a great deal of love. She’s married to her best friend, has one grown-up daughter, and when she isn’t scribbling away in the notepad she carries with her everywhere (just in case inspiration strikes), you’ll find her searching for that perfect pair of shoes. She loves to cook but isn’t very good at it, and loves to eat - she’s much better at that! Liz also enjoys walking (preferably on the flat), cycling (also on the flat), and lots of sitting around in the garden on warm, sunny days. She currently lives with her family in Wales, but would ideally love to buy a camper van and travel the world in it.

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