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The Little Christmas Kitchen

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  563 ratings  ·  60 reviews
The mince pies are cooling, the lights are twinkling, and just when you think you’re a roasted chestnut away from the perfect Christmas….along comes the new gift-wrapped treat of a book from Jenny Oliver. Enjoy!

Christmas at the Davenports’ house was always about one thing: food. But when sisters Ella and Maddy were split up, Ella to live in London with their Dad, and Maddy
ebook, 368 pages
Published October 20th 2014 by Carina UK
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Claire Robinson
Dec 02, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, christmas
1 - "You have to go with your instincts, don't you?" Star.

DNF @ 40%

I am a little sad to be giving up on The Little Christmas Kitchen, I absolutely adored Jenny Oliver's 2013 seasonal offering in the The Parisian Christmas Bake Off , the characters were varied, multi-faceted, likeable (even the villians!), and the story was Christmassy, enjoyable and extremely easy to immerse yourself in.

The Little Christmas Kitchen for some reason (upto the point I stopped reading) seemed to be lacking every one
Book Addict Shaun
Nov 01, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Apart from two of Holly Martin's books this is the only other Carina book I've read despite constantly seeing their covers books on NetGalley. I was on a bit of a ban and didn't request anything for a while until I got my ratio to 100%. I do judge books by their covers and Carina have some of the best, it's just a shame they are ebook and not actual books! I was very excited therefore to start my first Carina book from NetGalley and I loved the sound of the plot of The Little Christmas
Bethany Clark
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I want to begin by thanking Netgalley and Carina UK for an ARC of The Little Christmas Kitchen.
Jenny Oliver really hit home with this amazing Christmas story about the true meaning of family and getting back to what's important in life.

Ella and Maddy have been apart for quite some time and have only seen each other in passing over the years. They were split up with their parents divorce - Ella to London and Maddy stayed in Greece with her mother.

Now Ella's life has been turned upside down. Th
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually quite enjoyed this. It’s a Christmas book with a moral — to live your life day by day as yourself and enjoy every aspect of it while you can.
As far as Christmas books go, this is one that has a heartwarming ending and I also love that there are a few recipes at the back that were mentioned in the book!

The writing style was easy to get into and it was a nice, quick read. It is essentially a book about family and however complicated it can be between parents/step-parents/siblings, ther
Stacey Bennett
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Really could not get into this book. Have it to halfway and it was just not grabbing me :(
Oct 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, kindle, net-galley
This book follows sisters Ella and Maddie - who lived with a different parent after their parents divorced. That has caused issues between the sisters. Ella feels that her mum didn't fight to keep her- where her mum remembers the way Ella chose which parent to live with differently.

After she finds out that her husband has cheated on her- she feels that she needs her mum and flies out to Greece at Christmas time. Her sister has been longing to stretch her wings and try to make it as a singer in L
I picked this book up thinking it was merely another romantic story set at Christmas, where the female lead finds the man of her dreams after having a rather rubbish time. I was wrong as this is a heck of a lot more. This is a story about family and how we all have our own version of events in the past. This is a love story, but not between a man and a woman. This instead is about the love that is shared between a family and that despite everything we go through, that link will always be there.
Sarah Lee
Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
A nice feel good easy read. not sure why it's called The Little Christmas kitchen as not much of the action takes place in a kitchen. Not so much a Christmassy read as a story set at Christmas but enjoyable and worth a read.
Rachel Cotterill
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, read-in-2015
I found this book a bit slow to start, but once it got properly underway, it was lovely. Ella and Maddy are both living in the shadow of their childhood decisions, fractured by their parents' divorce. This is the story of their reconciliation.
Paula Jayne
Oct 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book of Jenny's, I liked how we got to know how both of the sisters felt about being apart from each other and how they then lived each others lives. Just the right amount of Christmas feel to the book and some great recipes at the end I'd like to have a go at :) xxx
What The Little Christmas Kitchen is about.
The book is told out of Maddy’s and Ella’s perspectives. The two sisters have long lost touch after an argument fifteen years ago, following the divorce of their parents. Ella followed their father and his new wife to London and Maddy stayed with their mother in Corfu.

Their lives couldn’t be more different. But when Ella’s shiny and controlled life in London falls apart, she suddenly finds herself in her mother’s restaurant back in Corfu, sponsoring Mad
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Little Christmas Kitchen written by Jenny Oliver for me was a lovely cosy read which I did enjoy. The two main characters are two sisters Ella and Maddie and are as different as chalk is to cheese.
When Ella suffers from a broken heart she decides to return to Corfu where her Mother lives with her sister Maddie. It is clear from the first word that there has been something in the past which prevents Ella and Maddie being close as well as Ella not having a close relationship with her Mother wh
Dec 26, 2018 rated it liked it

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⭐⭐⭐ 3 out of 5 stars write, “Ella Davenport is turning her world upside down. She’s ditching her cheating ex, swapping Carnaby Street for Corfu and heading back to the bustling family restaurant of her childhood. but returning home won’t be as easy as she thought… Meanwhile, her sister Maddy has always loved the quiet pace of island life but now she’s longing to escape. So when Ella arrives in Corfu, she jump
Nov 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
I've heard tons of good things about this book and couldn't wait to start reading it. Well, it has Christmas in the title, it has kitchen in the title, and so I thought, what could go wrong?

Introducing Ella. Loving her job and being very good at her job, and loving her husband, she only discovers that he's cheating on her. To clear her head and think it all over, she heads to Greece, where her mother runs The Little Greek Kitchen, a taverna.
Meanwhile her sister Maddy is dreaming of becoming a s
Sarah Price
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, I loved reading about the different traditions that others have at Christmas, as part of this book is based in Greece, it's great! All the yummy things they talk about making in the restaurant and the family dynamics.

Relationship breakdowns that turn out to be the best thing that's happened to all involved.

Made me feel super Christmassy in a different way. This is very much about friends and family and as my family is so bit after my parents split and remarried and now I have
Jess Birch
Jan 17, 2018 rated it liked it
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Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5/5. The story was only ok and didn't feel fully finished between Maddy and her dad, and relations remained odd with Ella and her mom. You would've thought after the alleged talk that everything would have gotten a lot better but things seemed tense even by the end of things. It didn't really feel like a christmas story either, sort of anti-holiday if anything.
Helen Perry
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good but needs proofreading!

Sweet Christmassy cheesy chick lit, just a good light read. A couple of loose ends could have been more tied up but I can use my imagination. Kindle version needs another proofread, there were a few errors.
Cheers Darlin’
Dec 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Predictable but perfect to get you in to the christmas spirit!!! 👍🏻🎄🎅🏽🥂
Geraldine Sadiku
Romance and recipes combine to make this wonderful funny sweet, emotional read.
Lynne Easy
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another lovely feel good read from Jenny Oliver
Alice Atay
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice cheery book to read. Gives a lot of food for thought moments.
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
very enjoyable
Nov 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
Couldn't get into this at all , it's far from Christmassy and in my opinion not very well written .
Dec 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Great to get you into the Christmas mood- bit long winded in places
Oct 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Everybody looks forward to Christmas, right? Wrong.

Maddy feels stuck in Greece, she wants to escape her waitress job and become a singer in London. Another Christmas on the small island is not something she relishes and she would much rather be performing in a city club over the festive season. Ella lives the high flying London lifestyle with the marriage to match. Although all it takes for it to come crashing down is one text message detailing her husband’s cheating ways. The Christmas tree he
Nov 03, 2014 rated it liked it
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Ella and Maddy are sisters in their mid-to-late twenties, living opposite lives. Thick as thieves until their parents' divorce fifteen years ago, Ella moved to London with Dad, while Maddy stayed in Greece with their mom. Now Ella is a wealthy ad exec with the perfect trust-fund husband and Maddy is a laid-back mechanic slash waitress at their mother's tavern. That is, until Ella's husband cheats and she runs back to Greece, just in tim
Kirsty (Book - Love - Bug)
Nov 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Little Christmas Kitchen reminded me a little of The Holiday as Ella and Maddy essentially swap homes for the Christmas season, and also of Mamma Mia with the Greek location and all the food. Ella thinks just has discovered that her perfect husband is cheating on her and wants her mum, and Maddy is dreaming of "Making It" in London. The book alternates between the two sisters in their different locations.

Ella and Maddy used to be close when they were little but something went wrong when thei
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: christmas
When Ella and Maddy’s parents separated, Ella went to live with her father and Maddy with her mother, who eventually settled in Greece to run a taverna. Ever since, relationships between Ella and her mother and sister have been strained – they have all three kept their distance from each other. When Ella’s marriage is in trouble, however, she does what a lot of women would do in her position – she goes home to mum. Meanwhile, Maddy is desparate to swap the laid back Greek way of life for the hus ...more
Grass monster
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing

The Blurb :
Christmas at the Davenports’ house was always about one thing: food. But when sisters Ella and Maddy were split up, Ella to live in London with their Dad, and Maddy staying in Greece with their Mum, mince pies lost their magic.
Now, a cheating husband has thrown Ella a curved snowball…and for the first time in years, all she wants is her mum. So she heads back to Greece, where her family’s taverna holds all the promise of home. Meanwhile, waitress Maddy’s dreams of a white Christmas le
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Her book The Sunshine and Biscotti Club, set in sunny Tuscany, was nominated for the Best Contemporary Romantic Novel at the RONA awards.
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