Two Weeks ‘til Christmas
Penguin Random House
Claire Thorne never expected to be heading home for Christmas in Bindallarah – the small country town she left behind thirteen years ago and spends every day trying to forget. But then again she never expected fate to bring Scotty, her oldest friend and first love back into her life. Or for Scotty to tell her that he’s about to get married – to a girl he barely knows.
With only two weeks until Scotty’s big day on Christmas Eve, Claire’s determined to make up for lost time and help plan his wedding. And while she’s at it, she can make sure he’s not making a life-changing mistake. After all, it’s what any good friend would do.
But is two weeks enough time for Claire to find the answers she needs? And will she be brave enough to question her own heart and the choices she’s made along the way?
The perfect read for the fan of Aussie chick lit.
A fast moving, light, quick read with a wonderful Australian landscape – city and small town, rural. Perhaps this could also be classified as an “Australian coming of age narrative”, as the protagonist addresses many issues from her past that have influenced her expectations of life. A happy ever after that will leave a smile on your face.
As a bonus- if you love horses – this is a book you are bound to enjoy!
“Le Divorce” meets “The Elegance of the Hedgehog” in this hilariously entertaining mega-bestseller from France
When her chronically unemployed husband runs off to start a crocodile farm in Kenya with his mistress, Josephine Cortes is left in an unhappy state of affairs. The mother of two–confident, beautiful teenage Hortense and shy, babyish Zoe–is forced to maintain a stable family life while making ends meet on her meager salary as a medieval history scholar. Meanwhile, Josephine’s charismatic sister Iris seems to have it all–a wealthy husband, gorgeous looks, and a tres chic Paris address–but she dreams of bringing meaning back into her life. When Iris charms a famous publisher into offering her a lucrative deal for a twelfth-century romance, she offers her sister a deal of her own: Josephine will write the novel and pocket all the proceeds, but the book will be published under Iris’s name. All is well–that is, until the book becomes the literary sensation of the season.
If you are an admirer of Chick Lit then you will find this book a satisfying read. The author has the formula just right: a sullen teenager, a cute younger child, a cheating husband who runs off to exotic lands, a talented wife who is a doormat but undergoes a serious metamorphosis as the story progresses, mystery and affairs and a French backdrop. And it has the requisite somewhat happy ending that alludes to another installment to continue where this story leaves off.
Enjoy this read at the beach, on the bus or train. It is perfect to pick up and read a few chapters and then leave till the next time you have a moment to spare. It is a good example of the genre; a light and entertaining read.