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A Christmas to Remember

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  338 ratings  ·  34 reviews
A few days before Christmas Tess Williams rushes into Albert Payne’s tobacconist shop, with two boys in hot pursuit, saying she’s a thief. Albert chases the boys away, and though Tess does not realise it, this incident changes her life.

Tess lives with her grandmother, Edie, in a small flat on Heyworth Street in Norwich.She has recently returned from Bell Farm, where she wa
Paperback, 404 pages
Published November 7th 2013 by Arrow (first published August 1st 2013)
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Cora Tea Party Princess
Dec 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this. I loved this and it's sparkly cover. Yes, sparkles!

When I see books by Katie Flynn, and indeed other authors of the romantic-saga-type genre, I think Oh, I know what I'm in for. These are the books I turn to when I need something which will make my heart swell and put a huge smile on my face. But boy, this was different. Right from the first pages I knew that although it would still most likely follow the usual formula, there was something which wouldn't.

And that was the main chara
roxy reads123
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was an amazing heart warming book. We see the characters grow and how they find themselves. This book is full of both friendship, love and surprising twists. I loved the ending so much, I couldn't of asked for a better conclusion to the book. A definite christmas read
Shirley Revill
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, fiction
Loved this book by Katie Flynn. The artwork on the cover is really lovely and the story does not disappoint. The old adage of never judging a book by it's cover is so not true with this book.
Paula Nichols
Dec 24, 2017 rated it liked it
this is the first Katie Flynn book I have read, and I didn't know of her subject matter when I started this - in fact I didn't even realise it was set in Liverpool! Stories set around WW2 aren't really my type of story, but I did enjoy this one. Unlike the Annie Groves saga I read earlier in the year, this has few ups and downs, and is set over nearly a decade rather than a few months. It is a gentle weaving story, intertwining the lives of several characters quite nicely. I guessed what was goi ...more
Mavis Hewitt
Dec 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: misc
Not one of my usual genres of choice, was tempted by Christmas in title (as it was Xmas), an easy read, but predictable once the love aspect came in.
Nell Hamilton
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. Armchair comfort
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love all Katie Flynn books

Well written, loved the story line..
Can't wait to read the next book...
Well done Katie for another great read..
Tirza Horvath
I gotta be honest, the only reason I have read this book was because of its cover. It is truly beautiful and has sparkles on it, which I am always drawn to. So therefore, I have read the book because it had sparkles on it, which is I agree, wrong.

However, the book was quite boring, and nothing was really happening, but when the storyline become more interesting, the writer only gave us glimpses of the scenes I wanted to read, and then swapped to another scene, which I was not happy about. It di
Dec 11, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Katie Flynn's A Christmas to Remember (Random House Adult Trade, digital galley) is one of several books by popular British authors to be released globally as e-books. Flynn's warm-hearted tale is a bit soapy and predictable, covering seven years after World War II as young Tess Williams grows up in Liverpool, where food is still rationed and times are hard. Living with her grandmother Edie above a hat shop, bright Tess makes friends with widower tobacconist Albert Payne, tangles with mean girl ...more
Kim  Dennis
Dec 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio-books
All along, I had planned to give this book four stars. It is hard to describe what it is doesn't necessarily have a plot. Most of the time when I was listening, it felt kind of like an Anne of Green Gables book. Not really "about" anything...just a sweet story of a girl and her gran. For the most part, it was really clean. Then about a half an hour before the end of the book, she put in a description that was totally unnecessary and really detracted from the story. I had been planning ...more
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful festive tale following the lives of Tess and Edie her grandmother.
When Tess runs into Albert Payne's tobacconist's shop one day chased by two boys it sets in train the basis for a long term friendship.
When Tess goes back to the farm she was evacuated to during the war Edie starts to make her own life much to the distress of Tess who feels left out of Edie's and Albert's friendship but Tess is also starting to make her own way in life when she attracts the notice of local boy Snowy bu
Christina Rochester
Dec 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. We meet Tess, a young girl, just after the Second World War. She's bright and as a result she gets bullied by the popular girls. However that all changes when Snowy White comes to her rescue.

As the years pass we see Tess come into her own, and she is torn between her boyfriend Snowy and her childhood friend Jonty. Not only that but she is extremely jealous of her gran's blossoming relationship with Albert. However drama occurs and an event which changes everything wi
Dec 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-mail, xmas
I have loved Katie Flynn's book since, oh...forever and never been disappointed.

This story is about a young girl, her Grandmother, the kids that are bullying her and a shop owner. It all ties in nicely as all of Katie's previous books have also.

Kept me enthralled through out, and definitely should be on your Christmas books to be read.

The only downside to this story was the name she chose for someone, I didn't want know whether to laugh or deflate and go urgggg awful. SNOWY WHITE??? c'mon.

Nov 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, 2013
This was a lovely read, set just post war. Tess comes back home from her evacuation to a farm in the country and struggles to cope with city children at school. A local lad takes her under his wing and any bullying stops. She runs a pet shop when she leaves school- helped by the animal husbandry she learnt whilst staying on the farm with Jonty. She goes back on a working holiday a couple of times.
Bev Taylor
Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
a really good read about a young girl living in the north just after the second world war and charts her growing up.

through all the trials and tribulations she achieves what she wants and realises the worth of true friendship

highlights the differences between the north and the south, the latter being so much more friendlier with their neighbours and those around them plus more family driven

perfect for putting your feet up and getting lost in

Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook-arc
This was an enjoyable holiday coming of age story. I really enjoyed the characters, especially Tess, and the storyline. I liked the small English village Christmas setting. This was my first book by Flynn, but I will be looking for more by her. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher the opportunity to read this book in return for an honest review.
Michael Cayley
Dec 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
Charming novel set in post-WW2 Liverpool and rural Norfolk. An orphaned girl has difficulty settling into city life, but once she has done so, discovers her business acumen. She and the woman who took her in both find happiness, but only after taking a long time to sort out their feelings. There is lots of good period detail.
Donna Boultwood
Dec 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was my first Katie Flynn book and I'll be reading more. I found it a little difficult to get in to to begin with, as I couldn't work out where the story was going, not knowing Flynn's style. Once I got in to the characters I really enjoyed it. I loved the Norfolk connection. I was willing Tess not to marry "xxxx"!! A real heart warming tale. Ps loved the sparkly cover!
Victoria Haworth
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
A gentle festive read , just the thing to relax with . Does not require much thought but tells a reasonable of a little predictable tale .
Nov 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
I loved this book. A tale of how family pulls together and how romance can blossom. A great Christmas read.
Dec 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Katie Flynn is one of my fave authors, her books are feel good books and this was no exception, loved it
Dec 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Love Katie Flynn. Maybe not her best but still an enjoyable read
Judith Spencer
A lovely heartwarming book set in Norfolk and Liverpool. This is the first book I have read of Katie's even though I have bought alot of her novels. (looking forward to reading more)
Caroline Montague
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A lovely heart warming read
Leigh Mitchell
Different from what I usually read but it was a sweet story if a little un-exciting.
Feb 01, 2014 rated it liked it
A sweet book about a teenage girl in Liverpool after the Second World War, her family and relationships and trying to improve her life.
Dec 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio-2014
I was rather disapointed by this story, albeit the actual story was ok, but it is not at all a christmassy book as the title rather promises.
Rhonda Lomazow
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A warm wonderful story.
Sharon Austin
Great story, well written. Not too sad or sloppy.
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book it's the second I of Katie's I have read and enjoyed reading both, can't wait to read another one now.
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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 beca