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A Family Christmas

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  75 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Two children go on a desperate journey to find their family. Jimmy Trewin and his little sister are devastated by their mother's death, and horrified to find themselves entrusted to the far from tender care of a hated neighbor, Mrs. Huxtable. They hope their father will rescue them when his ship comes into port, but this does not happen, and when Cyril Huxtable is seen by ...more
Paperback, 390 pages
Published January 1st 2015 by Random House UK (first published August 28th 2014)
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Dec 20, 2014 Kirsty (Book - Love - Bug) rated it really liked it
This is what I would call a proper story, not all fairy tales and romance. I would have liked to have known earlier in the story what decade this was set in because it wasn't obvious until quite a way in to the book (1930's into 1940's & WWII). In addition, the synopsis (above) isn't actually totally accurate to the story of the book (in the description of what Cyril is seen hiding away) (which I guess is more of a comment for the publisher!).

If you're looking for a festive read, then this i
Dec 21, 2015 Den rated it liked it
A lovely easy read based roughly around Christmas. After their mother dies, their father , leaves them with a local couple while he returns to sea. He does send money and gifts but they never get past their carer, so they believe their father has forgotten them. The carers son is a vicious piece of work and he wrongly believes they stole something of his, and gives chase. They manage to evade him but to get safely away they board a train for Wales. Unbelievably they find their mothers family and ...more
Nov 15, 2014 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read any Katie Flynn books for quite some time so this latest book which I picked up in my local library came as a refreshing change... The storyline kept my interest although I feel the title "A Family Christmas" is a little deceiving as it really wasn't what I would have thought as a "festive" book ...
Dec 30, 2014 Trine rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, own, 2014
The story sort of falls in two parts. First part about the children's attempt to escape their awful guardian and find their grandparents is well told and very sweet. The second part suddenly skips through the whole WW II within a few chapters. For once I think I would have prefered it to be two books with more time to investigate the impact of the war years on all the characters.
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Katie Flynn was born in Norwich and attended Norwich High School, where she was extremely happy and extremely undistinguished. Published at the tender age of eight, in Enid Blyton's Sunny Stories, she joined a Writers’ Circle as an adult, publishing short stories, articles, etc; only turning to novels in 1971 because the postal strike cut off her main source of income!
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