For the last thirty years, Angela Gillespie’s annual Christmas letter has been full of her family’s triumphs. But this year Angela surprises everyone, including herself – she tells the truth.
Angela’s husband is in the throes of a mid-life crisis. Her grown-up daughters are more out of control than ever. And her youngest child spends all of his time talking to an imaginary friend.
With fantasy thoughts of a life before marriage and motherhood becoming more than just an innocent daydream, Angela’s real life is slowly slipping out of focus.
But, as the repercussions of her ruthlessly honest letter begin to pile up, a shocking event takes Angela from her family, and she realises she should have been more careful of what she wished for. . .
I really enjoyed reading this book. I loved the plot and the fact that I could relate to the characters and that they seem a fairly normal family. I think the problems that this family had are mostly what normal families can go through. I loved all the characters in this book especially Joan as she seemed an absolute star. Don’t be put of if you read the blurb and it says about a Christmas Letter as it isn’t really a Christmas book. I found this book to be heart warming but emotional, I did laugh out loud at parts. It made me think about what I have to come when I have kids. This book will definitely leave you feeling happy. I am going to be looking out for more of Monica’s books now.