Monday 20 December 2021

Book Review: One Family Christmas by Bella Osborne

One Family Christmas by Bella Osborne book cover

AD* | A big family. A whole lot of secrets. A Christmas to remember...

This year, Lottie is hosting one last big family Christmas at the home she grew up in – just like her Nana would have wanted.

But when her relatives descend on the old manor house, Lottie gets more than she bargained for. Every family has its secrets, but in this family, everybody has one!

So, between cooking a Christmas dinner, keeping tensions at bay and a stray dog out of mischief, she has plenty on her plate (and not just misshapen sausage rolls and a frozen turkey). And then her first love shows up – nine years after he walked out of her life.

Can Lottie make their last family Christmas one to remember... for the right reasons?

Whether we like it or not, Christmas is a time for family. Yet as Lottie quickly finds out in One Family Christmas, families can certainly be more than just a handful!

The majority of this charming story is set over just a few days during the Christmas period. This doesn't mean it's a short book; instead, the author really delves into what makes a family tick. Arguments, excitement, and drama galore are present throughout, with each day given the freedom to play out virtually from start to finish.

The family engage in all the classic, much-loved Christmas activities together. Decorating the house, putting up the tree, carol singing, present-giving, and enjoying plenty of festive food and drink! At its core, this is a beautiful story about a family enjoying one last Christmas together in their picture-perfect family home. In equal parts laugh-out-loud funny and unexpectedly emotional, the book effortlessly captures the true spirit of the season.  

Of course, there's also plenty of romance to distract from the kitchen disasters and confrontational family members. Lottie's first love waltzes back into her life by surprise, but before long, it feels almost as though he never left. Some scars run deep though - will Lottie finally get her happily ever after this Christmas?

It's so easy to imagine yourself as one of the family, experiencing the highs and lows right alongside this quirky cast of characters. Despite the mess, the noise, and the quarrels, it sounds like the perfect way to spend a family Christmas!

One Family Christmas is a highly enjoyable read to curl up with this festive season.

Rating: 3 stars 

One Family Christmas is available to buy now.

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* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

Will you be cosying up with a festive read this Christmas? Let me know in the comments below! 

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