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The Christmas Book Club by Sarah Morgan : a review

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book cover for The Christmas Book Club by Sarah Morgan.  Vector of a cosy inn covered in snow with mountains in the distance

The Christmas Book Club by Sarah Morgan

  • Category : Contemporary Fiction
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ HQ (26 Oct. 2023)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 416 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1848459203
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1848459205
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The Christmas Book Club Summary

Could this Christmas be the start of a whole new chapter?

A long-lasting friendship

Every year, Erica, Claudia, and Anna reunite for their book club holiday. They’re bonded by years of friendship and a deep love of books, but there is still so much they keep from each other . . .

A perfect Christmas escape

At the cosy Maple Sugar Inn, Hattie specialises in making her guests’ dreams come true, but this Christmas all she wants is to survive the festive season. Between running the inn and being a single mother, Hattie is close to breaking point.

The start of a brand-new story…?

Over the course of an eventful week, Hattie sees that the friends are each carrying around unspoken truths, but nothing prepares her for how deeply her story will become entwined in theirs. Will this Christmas be the end of the book club’s story or the start of a whole new chapter?

The Christmas Book Club Review

There’s so much I loved about The Christmas Book Club, it’s hard to know where to start …  it’s taken me a while to sit down and write out my thoughts!

I have no idea how Sarah Morgan can create so many different characters (I’ve been reading and enjoying her stories since 2015) of different ages who have unique voices/distinct personalities from each other.  I could never be bored reading any of her books!

28-year-old Hattie feels a mix of emotions about her life and how to run the Maple Sugar Inn.  She doesn’t get any time for herself although she makes time for her 5-year-old daughter Delphi (who is adorable).  When we first meet her, she’s dealing with conflict with a couple of the staff at the Inn and is reflecting on a Halloween party she attended at a neighbouring farm. 

Erica is single, independent and happy to be so.  She deals in facts, not emotions.  She has an ulterior motive for selecting the Maple Sugar Inn which becomes clear pretty quickly.  The situation pushes her out of her comfort zone and makes her feel awkward.  I loved seeing those hard corners of her personality soften.

Claudia doesn’t know what shape her life is going to take.  She’s feeling lost without the things in her life she identified with.  I really enjoyed her rediscovering and rekindling her passion.

On the surface, Anna has life sussed.  She has a loving husband and family and is settled in her life.  But yes, she’s hiding a lot of turmoil that no-one would ever guess.

These three women have a friendship that is inspiring!  I felt as if I belonged with them and experienced it all too.

The theme of perceptions and how different they are for everyone (no matter how well you think you know the other person) was a reminder for me to not take everything at face value.  I think it helps us to be less judgemental and much kinder humans 🙂

When I say this is an easy story to read, I mean that once you get started it feels like this is your life (if that makes sense).  The pace and setting is fabulous and the life of our four women just swept me along.  I was left feeling centred and balanced and in love with life which is exactly what we need sometimes isn’t it!

An easy 5 star read for me.

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About the Author

Sarah Morgan is a USA Today and Sunday Times bestselling author of contemporary romance and women’s fiction. She has sold more than 21 million copies of her books and her trademark humour and warmth have gained her fans across the globe. Sarah lives with her family near London, England, where the rain frequently keeps her trapped in her office. Visit her at www.sarahmorgan.com

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