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Driving Home For Christmas

(Huntersbrook House #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  698 ratings  ·  75 reviews
Christmas at Huntersbrook House is a family tradition and this year it's even more important as, with mounting debts and insufficient income from the livery yard, it looks like the Craig family might have to sell their beloved family home.

Pippa, Joey and Lainey are the three grown up Craig children who, caught up with their own lives in Dublin, are, as yet, unaware of the
Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 18th 2012 by Hachette Books Ireland
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Cora Tea Party Princess
Review to come.
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When I was sent driving home for Christmas, I was unsure of what to expect. I have never read a book by Emma Hannigan before and was not sure of her style of writing.

This story is based around the Craig family. The chapters are relatively short and each represent one of the members from the family. The story is in the run up to Christmas, where they normally spend it at Huntersbrook House as a whole family.

All the characters in the story are written very well, I had a connection with some and
Margaret Madden
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Who says you have to read Christmas themed books in December???

Huntersbrook Lodge, in Southern Ireland, is home to the Craig family. The kids mat have have grown up and moved out, but always come back for the traditional Huntesrbrook Christmas. A period house, on acres of land, the Craigs fill the rooms with festive decorations, light the fires and cook up a storm. Only difference this year, is that money has run out and the house may be in jeopardy. The younger generation are unaware and are ha
Megan Readinginthesunshine
Aug 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Christmas themed books are my favourite, I absolutely love Christmas and anything related to it, so books and Christmas together is wonderful. With that in mind, I was very excited for Emma Hannigan’s book Driving Home For Christmas, and I couldn’t wait to get started!

As this was my first time reading Emma’s writing, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I quickly became absorbed in her wonderful writing and story.

I really liked the characters, and I found that I was interested in them as separate p
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another excellent book by this author. Nice easy read to get the Christmas reading started.
Dannielle Potts
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
The Second Book I’ve Read By This Author And This One Didn’t Disappoint Either. Great Characters That The Reader Can Love & Hate. Christmas Is The Perfect Setting For Miracles And This Book Is Full Of Them
I had the feeling when I started reading this book that it was one in a series of stories about a family, but it appears not. I have to admit, I really didn't like it. Full of stereotypical characters and selfish, vapid women. The story dragged on with little real conflict apart from the accident and even that seemed to be glossed over.

I loathed the way the nervous girl (who was demonstrating how to make a fruit cake) was written. There was no empathy for her and the same goes for the man with
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A really lovely Christmas story following the lives of the Craig family on the lead up to their traditional family festivities .. This is the third book I have read by this Author, and the third that I have really enjoyed. The characters are believable and each are given their own story and equal billing. The underlying story skips along at a lovely pace. You think you know where it is going, but a nice twist at the end ties up all the ends in a festive bow. Looking forward to reading more by EH ...more
Lauren Jackman
Dec 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A feel good book which makes you want to pick up the phone and call a relative you haven't spoken to in a while . It Highlights the importance of family and how we are all seeking that special someone. I would like to read Hannigans other books.
Shafinaz Shafie
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Meet the Craig family – Pippa, Lainey and Joey – the grown-up children of Holly and Paddy Craig – the owner of Huntersbrook House.

As in the story, the coming Christmas might be the last at the family house-Huntersbrook House. The three children are clueless about the future of the house and only the pa and ma are aware of how they are about the lose the house.

Pippa, Lainey and Joey each leads their own life but they are bonded with the family tradition of celebrating Christmas at home with Padd
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
A beautiful family novel set during Christmas about the incredibly close-knit Craig family, centred around the family home, Huntersbrook House, in which the 3 children (Lainey, Joey and Pippa) grew up. All three kids have moved in the direction of Dublin for work now, although they remain close and return to Huntersbrook often. The book basically chronicles typical struggles of the family following the matriarch Maggie’s (the siblings’ grandmother)’s seemingly random decision to follow her man t ...more
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Craig family siblings are looking forward to coming together for Christmas at Huntersbrook House with their mother, father and housekeeper Sadie. It’s been a very sad year for them all since their Grandma decided to emigrate to Australia with her new boyfriend. Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without her. The whole family miss her so much, especially their mother who is an only child and truth be told it has caused a bit of a rift in an otherwise happy family.
Pippa has had a horrible yea
Emily Novelle
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a perfect Christmas book about one family and all its members. It’s set in a short space of time but loads happens in that time. You get hooked on each person and want them to be happy. I love the family values and the way they look out for each other. My favourite person is lainey as she is the most similar to me. The feisty sister reminds me of my youngest sister in the way she says what she thinks but that she would do anything for her family when it comes down to it. As a big family ...more
Sally Horn
It was easy to read I enjoyed the beginning getting to know the characters but then towards the middle it started becoming a bit to predictable and very unrealistic which is fine in some ways but I think it could of done with being a bit more representative of your average family and it felt a bit rushed to get in wrapped up in the end. Just one thing I was wondering considering how many bedrooms does this house actually have because on my estimation there must be at least 6-7!
Caroline Vranckx
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed this book thoroughly. Set in Ireland at christmas time. Easy reading.
Selina Griffin
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Much better than I expected. Though I would have preferred a little more on Christmas itself as there was so much buildup and the actual festivities passed quickly!
Mary O'Brien
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Great Read for everyone really pulls you into the characters lives highly recommended for anyone who likes Emma hannigan RIP
Dec 27, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.
Dec 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted on: http://lauraslittlebookblog.blogspot....

This is the best Christmas book I have read this year. I felt so completely wrapped up in the Craig's world and have come away feeling extremely festive and really looking forward to Christmas.

Driving Home for Christmas focuses around all the different members of the Craig family. There's Holly and Paddy who live at Huntersbrook and then there's their children Lainey, Joey and Pippa. Each chapter focuses on a different characters' lif
Rea Cobb
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Driving Home For Christmas is the first book I have read by Emma Hannigan. The cover has a lovely winter countryside setting and I was hoping that the storyline would be festive to help me get into the Christmas spirit.

When it comes to Christmas there is only one place the Craig family want to be and that is at the family home of Huntersbrook House. Thing is this could be the last family Christmas in the family home due to financial problems but this is not known to Joey, Pippa and Lainey who a
Nov 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing

It is a lovely, warm read for Christmas that will make you believe good things can happen even if everything in your life is falling apart. All you need is to have the rght people around you – with the help of family and good friends you can achieve a lot. I know it sounds a bit cheesy but who cares – it’s Christmas! :)
The story is full of Christmas spirit, especially decorations in Huntersbrook House. Holly is mad about trimming up for Christmas (probably
Between The Pages Book Club (Gemma M)
Christmas at Huntersbrook House is always a tradition, that is until mountains of debt and minimal income may force them to sell the beloved family home. Pippa, Joey and Lainey (the three grown up children) are currently unaware of the issues that Huntersbrook House is facing as they are currently caught up in their own life dramas. Joey is wondering if his controlling girlfriend really is the one, Lainey is trying to ignore her ex’s engagement and Pippa’s expensive lifestyle is about to catch u ...more
Nov 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Craig family appear to be the perfect family and big gatherings at the family home, Huntersbrook House, every Christmas are a tradition that has gone on for as long as anyone can remember.
However, this year has been hard for everyone. Holly’s mother has moved to Australia and with husband Paddy is facing the unbearable reality that this may be their last Christmas with the family at Huntersbrook House. Their children Joey, Pippa and Lainey are also facing huge changes in their own lives. Ma
Dec 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
I gave this 4 stars because I enjoyed the book. It is not great literature, and is basic chick lit. But the family at the center of the book is appealing. Of course everyone is happy at the end of the book, but it's Christmas afterall. A few things that really stretched reality - the mom who is struggling to buy heating oil for the house, goes out an buys bags and bags of yarn for "the old dears" at the Senior Center so they can knit up sweaters for each of her family members in a week! And beca ...more
Dec 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
To tell the truth, the fact that this story is set in/near Dublin, Ireland, was a large part of the draw for me. Who doesn't love a good Irish yarn?

We meet Holly and Paddy Craig and their three adult children as they're preparing themselves for another Christmas at Huntersbrook House, their family's home for generations. However, what the kids don't realize is that it may be their last.

What I loved about the characters was that they all have their own strong personalities and slowly, I came to f
Carol W
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-be-read
Huntersbrook House is the sanctuary for the Craig family and has been in the family for generations.
With Christmas fast approaching it is, as always, assumed that the family will all come together at Huntersbrook for the festivities.
This year things may be different with the head of the family, Maggie abroad and the grown up children leading busy lives. With the family business in trouble will this be the last family Christmas at Huntersbrooke?

As Holly prepares the house for Christmas her child
Sarah Lee
Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading Driving Home for Christmas by Emma Hannigan. It is the first book I have read which she has written and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Christmas at Huntersbrook House have always been very traditional, lots of Christmas trees, log fires etc but this year all is different. The book follows the story of the 3 grown up children, Pippa who has been living a party existence and is now in real financial difficulties, Joey who has a gorgeous demanding girlfriend but who has no time for
Lorna Francis
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Christmas lovers
Recommended to Lorna by: Catherine White, my sister.
This is a lovely book I especially enjoyed cozied up in front of my fire surrounded by my Christmas tree and decorations whilst reading.  Set in bustling Dublin  and the beautiful Irish countryside where the much loved family home Huntersbrook  House is located.   Three siblings all grown and living their own lives, but still their family ties and home mean so much too each of them.  
Pippa  is good looking and confident but is in debt and unscrupulous. Joey works hard from which he benefits but
Dec 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
I was looking for my first ever winter theme book to read and I found Driving Home for Christmas by Emma Hannigan on iBooks for free.

Unfortunately, it was not what I was looking for. It is centered around Christmas, but the characters appear very weak and they are full of stereotypical personalities. I was annoyed with Holly, Maggie, Joey, Pippa, Paddy... The only character I found likeable was Liney, although she had weaknesses in some points of the read too. In addition, it took me half of th
Dec 31, 2013 rated it liked it
Driving Home for Christmas is a heartwarming story about the Craig family based in the countryside of Ireland. The good old fashioned theme of returning to your maiden home and spending the holiday with love ones blends beautifully with the various background stories of the three grown up children, Lainey, Joey and Pippa. Kudos to the fanciful descriptions of Huntersbrook Christmassy decorations. How I would love having three trees at home! Chopping down your own tree and doing a homemade mistle ...more
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Emma Hannigan was an Irish author and blogger, best known for writing about her experience of suffering from cancer.

With a family history of breast and ovarian cancer, Hannigan's mother and maternal aunt tested positive for the responsible gene, BRCA1. She also received a 'positive' result in August 2005, which carries an 85% risk of developing breast cancer and a 50% risk of ovarian cancer. In 2

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