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Coming Home for Christmas

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  2,049 ratings  ·  220 reviews
Christmas is a time for family - isn't it?

Allie Richfield loves Christmas, so when she lands a job as House Manager for the amazing Ashford Estatewhich includes organizing the Marley family festivitiesshe is in her element. With a budget bigger than her life savings and a team of staff, how hard can it be?

As one-by-one she meets the Marleys, shes about to find out

ebook, 304 pages
Published October 4th 2013 by Bookouture (first published October 1st 2013)
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This is a m(b)illionaire-falls-for-ordinary-girl kind of trope with a Christmas theme, which I have no problem with in general. However, I had quite a few problems with this book in particular. Neither the story, nor the writing helped me to suspend disbelief: it was too hard work for nothing much in return.

The main character is utterly passive and dull who does not seem to do anything on her own volition, juts drifts by & gets talked into things.

- Her sister persuades/forces her to take up
Claire Robinson
Dec 11, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas, dnf
DNF @ 33%

I sure hope the film is better than the book...

And dating one brother, while thinking about and comparing him to the other. Not cool. I was starting to feel judgey and bitchy, and 100% not Christmassy, so time to move on, before I start to get stabby as well.

1.5 no burn not slow burn stars.

Billed a 'feel good Christmas romance' oddly enough all of the feel good and romantic bits were sprinkled lightly into the final 10% of the story with no hint of romance in the rest of it and absolutely zero smut. Bit of a let down tbh.
Ah well.
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bob Marley, Im sorry, Robert Marley is lacking in Christmas spirit. Enter a pretty girl that makes it her job to bring the Marley family together for the holidays.
Cute Christmas romance.
At loose ends, Allie accepts a job managing the Ashford Estate as the owner prepares to sell. But she quickly learns that Robert who owns the estate is going against the wishes of his grandmother, the only permanent resident and his younger brother and sister all of whom want to keep the home which has been in the family for generations.

As she communicates with Robert through e-mail she catches brief glimpses of the 9 year old boy who had to grow up fast after his parents' deaths and she can't
Sep 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have just finished my first Christmas book of 2013 in the middle of September (I know) and it was AWESOME. I actually said on Twitter that, really, theres no perfect time to read Christmas books when you live on an island that has permanent sunshine 99% of the time, and because I had set up an interview with Jenny Hale, I decided September was as good a time as any to read her debut novel Coming Home For Christmas, and I am so glad I did because it was such a wonderful, enjoyable novel. I ...more
Since it's December and my favorite holiday is coming up (AKA CHRISTMAS!) I definitely felt I should be reading holiday themed books. I've been listening to Christmas music since Halloween and watching Christmas movies since then too. So, why haven't I read any Christmas themed books? EVER?

Coming Home for Christmas definitely helped me redeem myself. Plus, someone told me it was a Hallmark movie too and now I really need to find this movie and watch it.

So, this book started off a bit slow for
Renita D'Silva
Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are going to read one book this Christmas, make it this one. The characters are so beautifully portrayed that they jump off the page and take residence in your head- you end up rooting for every single one of them. My favourites were Pippa, the matriarch who presides via a mobility scooter throne and Allie of course. Where to start with Allie? Shes warm, shes funny, shes kind, shes great with the kids and she has a heart as big as the Marleys mansion and, to top it all, she ...more
Dec 03, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, christmas
I hesitate to give this book a Romance shelving because it was one of the least romantic books I've ever read. The girl in the book, whose name I've already forgotten, was boring, incompetent, and passive. The relationships were non-existent or forced. Side characters (aka anyone not a Marley) were complete non-entities. You never learn the slightest bit about any servants or even the main character's own family members.

The guys in the book were such bland cardboard cutouts that it was
Katherine Coble
Dec 07, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a beautiful story about love, hope, and forgiveness! Jenny Hale is a brilliant writer who allows her readers to be captivated by the characters in her book. I really enjoyed getting to know the Marley family as they discovered the importance of tradition and family. Characters were well-developed, and I felt as though I knew each one personally. Coming Home for Christmas really touched my heart. i cannot wait to read more of Jenny's books in the future!
Dec 10, 2014 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
Reached 10% when I realized I just didn't care for any of the characters. Not to mention there is little to no conflict present. Nothing jumps off the page, nothing calls my attention, nothing pushes me to read further. The writing was incredibly uneven, the pace completely off. It just isn't for me.
Fabulous Book Fiend
What a lovely heartwarming tale! I knew I was going to enjoy this book just from reading the publisher's summary but I didn't realise just how feel-good it would be. It's a nice quick start to the story, you get to know Allie and her sister Megan straight away and then when Allie moves to look after Ashford (the house she is employed to look after) the characters start being introduced there too. Allie is a totally relatable lead character. She has her insecurities and yet she is determined to ...more
ZZZZZZ...oh hey thanks for waking me up for the review. This book could have been so interesting, but it gets lost in the drawn out story and confusing romance.

Here is why I say the romance is confusing. You have no idea which brother to route for. Allie starts off crushing on Robert, then later meets Kip, has a flirtation with hims and kind of dating , definitely kissing, the whole time thinking about Robert. This kind of thing does not fly for me in romances. I like one clear couple, no
Jo Frost
Dec 21, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 29, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, christmas, 2015
This book was AWFUL. The main love interest was a complete idiot and the protagonist seemed to know that. The story was completely predictable to the point of boredom. I normally adore Christmas chick-lit but once I started, I had little to no desire to pick this up again.
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookouture, christmas
Wow, I have literally fallen in love with this book, was a truly wonderful heartfelt read from start to finish. It was so much more than a romance story, had lots going on and I was pretty much glued to the pages throughout and couldn't turn the pages quick enough. I read this in a day, so that says it all.

Having read a fair few of Jenny's books previously, I am happy to report that she is a wonderful author, has such a amazing way with words that just keeps you wanting more and the way she

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WOW, what a brilliant and warm Christmas story! I first heard about this book on twitter and was really excited to read it. So many of my friends out there were already on a search for some great Christmas stories (yes, in September) and all of them were talking about this debut. After checking the blurb I was certain I was going to enjoy it. After all, I'm a huge sucker for Christmas reads and romance
Terri Wino
Nov 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: year-2014
First, let me say some of the reasons why I should not have liked this book:
The lines that Allie crosses as an employee are just ridiculous in this story. Her involvement with Kip just had me shaking my head. Her fascination with Robert, when she's only met him one time is so implausible. The "relationship" they have with only a few emails and phone calls about her job should not be enough basis for any of the events in this book.
And yet...and yet...I totally loved this book. With each chapter I
Dec 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, christmas, romance
3.5-4 stars

Sweet Christmas story involving a historic family home, the dysfunctional family that owns it, and a perceptive house manager that ties them all together. A quick read that kept me interested. I wanted to keep reading about Allie and the love triangle of sorts she was in with Robert and Kip. Clean romance.

Recommend to Christmas romance/chick lit readers!
Susan Epps
I could not finish it

I did not finish the book but Allie annoying. She liked her boss but she is dating his brother. And she really didn't want to date him but she was so passive she gets talk into things. . And the other employees were watching this relationship. It all just made me uncomfortable. It wasn't romantic at all. This book was way too big for its britches.
Shirley Revill
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book. Recommended.
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i love finding Christmas reads ... i always tell folks it doesn't mean i want to always skip over all other holidays ... but reading Christmas reads any old time is great to me ... I found this on Audible. such a fan. i was immediately sucked into her old home world. so perfect and those details ... Virginia. hello, Virginian since birth. favorite state ever! some one said something about Hallmark? was this a Hallmark movie? did i see that right??! sadly i don't have the channel or cable at all ...more
Carol  MacInnis
Oct 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book from a contest on Goodreads and it was wonderful!

After eleven years working as a Nanny, at 32 years old, Allison 'Allie' Richfield was moving back into her childhood home with her mom. With no prospects of a new job on the horizon, Allie's sister, Megan, who is a well established Real Estate Agent, has a proposal for her sister. One of Megan's client's, whose house, The Ashford Estate, is looking for a house manager. After some consideration and the flip of a coin, Allie agrees
Tracie Banister
Nov 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've always been a fan of sentimental holiday stories, so this book hit my sweet spot. Heroine Allie Richfield is lacking direction and purpose when the book starts. Although she's an adult in her early 30s, she's back home living with her mother, not sure what to do with herself since her longtime nanny position has come to an end. Her successful realtor sister recommends her for a temporary job as House Manager at a beautiful estate. Allie's not sure if she's even qualified, but lacking any ...more
Moon Love
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Allie Richfield adores Christmas and old things, houses in particular. After 11 years she's come to live with her mother after her job as a nanny ends. She's happy when she lands the job as House Manager at the Ashford Estate and can move out. She's ecstatic until she learns one of her responsibilities is to get the house prepared for buyers to come and look at it; her long term job is just temporary until the home is sold. As Allie meet's the Marley family she learns that holding onto her job ...more
Listened to in audio format.

Allie Richfield has returned to her Mothers home after losing her job as a live in nanny. Her sister Megan is an estate agent who is trying to sell the Ashford estate the ancestral home of the Marley's. Megan tells Allie that the Ashford estate needs a house manager until the property is sold.

Allie goes to see Robert Marley who offers her the job immediately because she is related to Megan. As part of her duties she is asked to organise a family 'meeting ' over
Nov 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Tis the season and time for another Christmas novel review. Unlike my review for A Cinderella Christmas, Jenny Hales Coming Home for Christmas places a lot more emphasis on the holiday which is fine as long as youre in the mood. Thankfully I was!

I liked Hales Christmas offering and it definitely got me a bit excited about Christmas. I did find certain aspects of the book a bit of a stretch though, particularly Allies interactions with Robert almost from the start. I couldnt imagine
Shelley Lawrence
Coming Home for Christmas, was unfortunately not a winner for me. I really struggled with the main character who acted so unprofessionally toward her new employer, and who was nosey and impetuous and rather immature in certain respects.

I also found her insta-relationship with a particular member of the new family she was employed by hard to buy into or believe and how fast and publically they jumped into a relationship. It just wasnt credible. I dont think she even actually liked him, while
Nov 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Coming Home for Christmas by Jenny Hale -

So, it looks like I'm going against most of the other reviews. Although the general idea of the plot was good it was the main female character that bothered me a bit. Allie was 32 years old, worked for 11 years as a nanny but had nothing to show for it and in my opinion, acted more like a 22 year old, especially when it came to Kip. I did like her interactions with the Marley family, especially Robert. I love holiday/Christmas stories and really wanted
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