Christmas Every Day Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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 and 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.
Warm, wise, funny and utterly uplifting. What one thing would you change in your life before Christmas comes around?
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 27 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||September 17, 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #48,998 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#95 in Holiday Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#307 in Small Town & Rural Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#824 in Romantic Comedy (Audible Books & Originals)
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Moran’s style is light and positive with a touch of snark to keep things realistic. Three days before Christmas, main character Jenny has her whole life explode at the company party: her twin sister is marrying her secret boyfriend?!? Oh, no worries. She can run away to the hoarders cottage she inherited from her grandmother, complete with a do-gooder neighbor. The fun ensues as does the self speak by Jenny which I just found hilarious.
There are a full compliment of secondary characters, a book club supplies many of them. This could be a feeding ground for future volumes, some of these folks have promise. Moran creates a fun setting with people to care about. The language is clean with no sexual content or violence to speak of. PG, for sure😉
“Christmas Every Day” is not a typical Hallmark style novel. It begins a few days before the holiday and makes reference to Christmas as a year passes but it’s not themed thru the story as the title would suggest. You can read and enjoy this book any day📚
Now spoiler alert it isn't actually Christmas everyday. Though the family dynamics, friendships, perseverance, and all around joy makes this a perfect story for the season. The book club was one of my favorite parts. Instead of everyone reading the same book they all decide to make stories of their own by going out and fulfilling a set dream. Watching these people changing their life for the better and becoming happier just brought me so much joy.
Of course I am hardwired to know that if a book includes Christmas + romance it will be completely corny and unreadable. Christmas Every Day broke the mold for me. It wasn't just about the slow burn romance there was so much more. You feel everything as Jenny stubbornly learns to be herself and even though she is strong and seemly confident, open herself up to help and more importantly friendship. To trust, to be happy, to make the best of what you have.
The narrator Helen Keeley killed it. I swear she gave Jenny such a swanky attitude that it had me killing over with laughter. Helen's voice always high, yelling getting up in Mack's face not thinking things through she was utterly perfect. While Jenny was a perfect main character I still enjoyed everyone else just as much. Her friends having small side stories of their own and you couldn't help but root for them as they conquered the world or a muffin.
Although I have to say Mannequin Dianna was by far the best. I gaped and laughed like mad when Jenny began talking to her. There were so many small things that piled together to make this story feel so real and warm. Being apart of this life felt like twirling, face to the sky, as snowflakes tickled your face. It was cackling fun and holy hell what a twist. I just wish there would have been a bit more mushy romance haha yeah I know right after complaining but still Mack and Jenny danced around so much. Even so my cheeks are still glowing.
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I was really sucked into the world that Beth created. Above all else, she is a great storyteller! I laughed, I misted up, I shouted at characters when they made silly mistakes and whooped with them when they did the right thing. I thought hard about myself when themes hit close to home, and I rooted for Jenny and her friends when they were having to do the same.
Each of her novels has taken a similar overall theme and yet felt fresh and unique, treading some familar ground without being cliched or obvious.
We have a woman who has been crushed by life, taking her first faltering steps towards rebuilding. We have a community that feels real and loving, and through a combination of acceptance and gentle pushing, helps Jenny find a home, a future, and ultimately herself. We have a cast of supporting characters (good and bad) who are larger than life but never come across as stereotypes. We have a plot about trying to come to terms with a gradually-revealed past, in order to face the future.
One thing I loved, is that as with her other books we have an ending that deliberately doesn't tie up all loose ends or leave us with a cloying 'And they all lived happily ever after' because, well, life tends not to work out that way! Whilst not having some of the dark moments of her other novels, there is genuine pain and enough of a dose of grit to keep it firmly rooted in the real world.
Don't be fooled by the cover or the title! The writing is accessible but at the same time deep, with some really difficult themes explored. At the heart of this wonderful tale runs a wonderful theme of grace. of learning to accept love and support. Without ever coming across as preachey, it shows us that whilst we are all to some extent the product of our circumstances and history, a way forward can be found if we allow ourselves to be vulnerable, take risks, and not try to do everything on our own.
I hope we don't have to wait quite as long for Beth's next novel as we have had to for this one!
Jenny's life has pretty much fallen apart. With no job, no friend, no family and no money, she moves into her estranged grandmother's cottage in Sherwood Forest but it's not quite the cosy retreat she might have hoped for. The house needs a serious amount of TLC. And so does Jenny. Has she come to the right place to find it?
Jenny is a great character, who has had a difficult past and who could potentially crumble whilst facing her future alone. Except she's not alone. Gradually, she lets some of the villagers in and soon finds herself part of an unusual book club where the members can't agree where books are ditched and the members work on personal challenges instead.
This is a heartwarming book and it's lovely to watch Jenny blossom and learn to trust again. The ending is just lovely (no spoilers). Because the book is set across the year, it isn't all Christmas. Christmas does feature on a few occasions (not just the calendar Christmas), hence the title, but it's a book that can be read and enjoyed all year round.
I have laughed and cried while reading this book. I’ve also found that at times I have jotted down good life building blocks and gone off and explored these further before reading the book for a second time.
For me I feel Beth’s books almost have 2 levels to them. You can just read the story which is brilliantly written and then you can dig deep to the under lying principles. This book helps you to see how we all grow, develop and get hurt by our life circumstances but how we can learn to accept love and support which will help us on our life journey.
One key thing I got from the book is that life can be tough at times and you build barriers to protect yourself from further hurt but sometimes these barriers stop you experiencing the fullness of life because you need to know when to make yourself vulnerable so that you can experience the love and care of friends. You are not on your own.
As it happens, I finished this book in a lull after having cooked Christmas dinner. It does have reference to Christmas at various stages but isn't dominated by that... so if you only want a read that focusses entirely on this season, then maybe you should find another volume. However, I think you would be missing out as this really was a quietly uplifting novel with understated humour to make you feel warmly content.
Meanwhile, I wonder if any of the author's previous paperbacks could be converted into Kindle format? I would certainly be interested if so.