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A Proper Family Christmas

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  56 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
This particular family Christmas is going to change everybody's lives. William isn't into Christmas. He'd like to spend it alone in his vast old house with his cat. Haseley House could be a gold-mine in the right hands and the family want to make sure it does end up in the right hands! Hilary intends to ignore Christmas. With Daniel away, she won't have to conceal how desp ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by Writersprintshop (first published 2005)
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Michelle Moore
Apr 28, 2015 Michelle Moore rated it really liked it
Shelves: signed, read-2008
William Shirburn really isn’t into Christmas – all that jingly tinsly presenty stuff makes him feel queasy. He’d prefer to spend it alone watching trashy TV with his cat. But there’s an unwritten law that elderly people are not allowed to be left alone at Christmas, especially if they live in a vast old mansion that could be a gold-mine in the right hands – and William’s relative are very keen to ensure that Haseley House does end up in the right hands!

Originally published in 2005, A Proper Fami
An sich eine leichte, nette Geschichte über eine verrückte Familie, die Weihnachten zusammen feiert, wobei Dutzende Missverständnisse passieren und alte Konflikte hochkommen. Ziemlich klischeehafte Figuren und dem Leser wird deutlich gezeigt, wen er gefälligst sympathisch finden soll und wen er nicht mögen darf, aber auch unterhaltsam. Eben leichte Schlecht-Wetter-Kost sozusagen.

Hätte dem Buch eigentlich auch drei Sterne dafür gegeben, würde sich nicht eine ständige Abwertung von Homosexualität
Jan 04, 2009 Sue rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, read-2009
There are a lot of characters in this novel. So many that a family tree is provided at the front, and I found myself referring to it frequently in the early part of the book. It was useful, but I did find myself faintly irritated that the people were introduced so rapidly, and that they weren't rounded enough for me to tell them apart easily.

The most interesting person is Frances, the new nanny to a four-year-old called Tobias. His parents are the snobby and unfeeling Stephen and Leslie; they de
Dec 01, 2007 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: transita
RATING: 4.5/B+
GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Women's Fiction/2005/312 pgs
CHARACTERS: William Shirbourn/Hasley House owner
FIRST LINES: Haseley House is pretty ghastly really -- one of those mansions where the architect seems to have been terrified of omitting any style of any period, & so bunged it all in somewheree.

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Vanessa Wild
Jan 03, 2015 Vanessa Wild rated it really liked it
A bit madcap but fun.
Karen Ullrich
Dec 09, 2015 Karen Ullrich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

What a fun Christmas read this was. I truly enjoyed the lighthearted drama and the characters were great. I highly recommend funny book that quickly draws you into the story.
Kate Millin
Apr 28, 2012 Kate Millin rated it it was amazing
A wryly funny look at how families can interact at Christmas – I especially liked the characterisation, including that of Scratch a very intelligent cat.
Feb 03, 2008 Jacula marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I had this book on order. Unfortunately, the supplier has been unable to get me a copy.
Nov 25, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing

Very funny, easy to read! Typical family!!!
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Jane began writing when she was about seven, and has had numerous short stories in magazines and anthologies. Her first novel,' A Proper Family Christmas', was published by Transita in 2005, and is to be reissued by Accent Press in 2015. She's working on a new romantic comedy, 'A Proper Family Holiday'. In a recent change of direction she has begun a biography of her grandparents, Sir William Gord ...more
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