Thursday, July 6, 2017

#BookReview - The Gift by Julie Hodgson

Title:  The Gift
Author:  Julie Hodgson
Genre:  Fantasy, Humor
Release Date:  November 14, 2016

About the Book:

Joe is Christmas’s number one fan. He absolutely loves it and can’t wait to spend it with his wife, Beth, doing what they love best: eating mince pies, drinking mulled wine, laughing and snuggling while It’s a Wonderful Life plays on the TV. However, Beth has a slightly different idea this year. She wants to have a terrible time, or why else would she have invited her mother to stay – the demon mother-in-law from hell, who hates Christmas and everything about it? In fact, there is only one thing that the dreaded MIL hates more than Christmas … and that is Joe.

Thankfully, Joe has an ally in his war against the orange-haired, gum-chewing monster: a shopping centre Santa who isn’t all that he seems. This larger-than-life Father Christmas presents Joe with a magical gift that he promises will make the problem disappear, but this innocent-looking parcel kick-starts an adventure that Joe will never forget. If he can make it to Christmas day in one piece and save his wife and unborn child from a lifetime in Lapland, he will have learned one vitally important lesson: to be careful what you wish for … you might just get it.
Buy Links: Amazon 
My Review:

This was a fun story!  Whether you read it during Christmas in July or while standing in those long lines at the mall in December, this book will certainly entertain you.

Julie Hodgson tells a tale of a Christmas adventure with fun and humor and yet still gets down to what is truly special about the holiday season.

The story starts off with Joe finding out that his mother-in-law will be staying with him and his wife Beth for a week at Christmastime.  Joe does his best to make it through the first day, but after Beth's mother smashes his Christmas doorbell and puts salt in his Christmas cake, he storms out of the house and ends up in the mall waiting to see Father Christmas.  What happens next will make you smile and even giggle... and will warm your heart at the same time.

This was a delightful quick read at only around 100 pages.

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About the Author:

Julie Hodgson lives in Sweden with her husband John, has traveled extensively all over the world writing for children. Julie has won several book awards (new apple awards) and has recently won The readers favorite award for the 2016 Book awards. Jodie and the library card won bronze and she will head off to Miami in November. Julie tours around the world with her books and encouraging people to read. An avid reader herself and a coffee lover.

Julie's motto in life is "always be the very best you can be" And she certainly lives up to that fact.


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