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It is almost a year since Sean and Thea met and it's been a roller-coaster ride: they're getting married on Christmas Eve!

Neither Thea or Sean want a big fuss - a simple wedding, with Christmas carols and just a few sprigs of mistletoe for decoration is all they need. But before they know it, things begin to get complicated. Trying to manage a long-distance relationship in
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Paperback, 349 pages
Published December 3rd 2015 by Black Swan (first published October 8th 2015)
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Irena
Oct 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
A Merry Mistletoe Wedding is a continuation to a novel It Must Have Been a Mistletoe.
Although it can easily be read as a standalone, I do suggest, if you plan to read it's prequel, to do it before you grab this one.
The reason: you will be spoiled for the most things that happened in the previous book.
But, if you're just in a mood to read something quick and entertaining, or you don't mind spoilers, then go ahed and read it.

The story is written in the third person and it follows three women: The
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Kitvaria Sarene
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the series. It's not as funny as the first, but a bit more serious. Still a light and easy read I enjoyed, even if it didn't much bring up the Christmas spirit, as it mostly just builds up to Christmas, and only a teeny tiny part of the book actually takes place then.

We get to see most of the characters from book one again, and they do grow a little more into the self, and don't feel just as stereotypical as they did in book one. All in all a nice read.
Jennifer Joyce
Oct 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Thea and Sean have been together for nine months, dividing their time together between Thea's London home and Sean's in Cornwall. They've spent a blissful summer together in Cornwall but now it's time for Thea to return home to London in time for the new school term and her teaching job. Conducting a long-distance relationship can be tough but Thea loves Sean so when he proposes and suggests a wedding at Christmas in Cornwall, marking a year since they met, she says yes and the preparations begi ...more
Rachel Gilbey
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the follow up to It Must Have Been the Mistletoe which was released last Christmas. Unusually for me, all I had to to do was read a few reviews of the previous book , to remember enough of the story to go into this very happy. A Merry Mistletoe Wedding definitely works as a standalone, but having read the first book, I wanted a quick reminder first.

I needn't have worried, as I was drawn straight into this story, and the writing and the characters are familiar to me again very fast. The
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Suze Lavender
Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Thea and Sean want to get married and they want to do it on Christmas Day. They want a small and cozy wedding. There will be a few guests and it's supposed to become a fun and relaxing day. Unfortunately not everything is going according to plan. It isn't easy to talk things through when you live miles apart and some unexpected surprises from the past are making things difficult. Thea's sister is also causing trouble. Will Thea have a happy wedding after all or has she made another mistake in lo ...more
Agi
Nov 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015

"A Merry Mistletoe Wedding" is my first book by Judy Astley. Of course I have some of her other books on my ever - growing TBR pile, it's just the simple matter of a lack of time that hasn't allowed me to check this author as thoroughly as I'd like. Also, somewhere in between the stream of many, many books one significant information has slipped away - that "A Merry Mistletoe Wedding" is a continuation of Judy's previous Christmas novel, "It Must Have Been a Mistletoe", and I was a little scared
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Nicola Clough
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was my first book by this author and will not be my last as I really enjoyed it the story line was excellent with great characters and full of love and Christmas. Sean and Thea have been going out for nearly a year he lives in Cornwall and she from London and is a teacher but goes to Cornwall every holiday. She's in love with him and as she heads back to her home he asks her to marry him and she agrees. All they want is an easy wedding but can this be arranged when they live so far apart al ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
I did not realize it when I started, and it did not matter, but this is a continuation of another book. Where the main characters met and fell in love, and I guess stuff went on with family members too. But it works well as a stand alone, but of course I am curious how the mistletoe brought them together the first time.

Sean and Thea met a year ago, and in this one he proposes and they settle for a Xmas wedding. But! First there will be a Fall of drama. There are so many things in the way, he liv
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Christi Poulsom
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Enjoyed this at first, but soon got fed up of all the superior tone of this book. Forest school, ageing hippies, alternatives to nativity play, barbie on the beach - everything Thea or most of her family liked was oh so much better than the standard fare, and there were certainly more than 10 drummers drumming each point home.
Last time I checked, a simple wedding doesn't involve the orangery of a stately home, and a lack of understanding that people have other things to do on Christmas Day.
The
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Laura
Oct 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
A cute little Christmas story that followed one family over the Christmas period in the lead up to a wedding. There were a lot of issues covered in this book like post-natal depression, moving house, affairs, ex partners etc and they were all paid just enough attention. Although I would have liked a bit more of an exploration of the post-natal depression - it felt like it was too easily resolved (and depression rarely is).
The story was told by focusing on different characters and their stories t
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Mandy Radley
Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Normally I would have finished this book in no time at all. But it's that time of year again, and even though it has the Christmas theme it's just the book to read at this crazy time of year. A thorough good light hearted feel good read and also we get to find out what happens to Thea and Sean and family following on from It Must Have Been The Mistletoe.
Pauline Chamberlain
Dec 06, 2016 rated it liked it
A good read really like reading this authors works
Joanne
Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
A Merry Mistletoe Wedding is Judy Astley’s Christmas novel for 2015. It follows on from last year’s book It Must Have Been the Mistletoe, which I’d suggest you read first if you haven’t already and would like to. A Merry Mistletoe Wedding could be read as a standalone novel but I feel it works best as a sequel as you would miss out on a lot of information which really adds to the story if you haven’t read the first book.
In this novel Thea are Sean are planning their wedding which they want to b
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Laura
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on:> http://lauraslittlebookblog.blogspot....

It's really getting to that time of year now where I just want to immerse myself in Christmas books, so naturally I could not wait to settle down with Judy Astley's A Merry Mistletoe Wedding.

If you are thinking that that book title rings a bell, then like me you should be thrilled to know that this is a follow up story from It Must have been the Mistletoe. I loved that first story so was looking forward to getting to meet some fam
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Lisa Bentley
Nov 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-books
Aww. This is how I feel after reading A Merry Mistletoe Wedding. Judy Astley’s latest Christmas book has you revisiting past fictional friends as they embark on their nuptials.

We originally met Thea and Sean in It Must have Been the Mistletoe; in a slight comedy of errors, each thought the other one was gay and spent the short time together trying to suss each other out. One year later, all confusion forgotten and the pair are getting married. They plan to have a beach wedding on Christmas day –
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Anne
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Thea and Sean are planning their wedding. They are going to get married in Cornwall, where they
met a year ago. They want a simple ceremony, with a beach BBQ wedding breakfast and no frills. So very different to the wedding that Thea almost had; the wedding where her fiance got cold feet at the last minute, with a meringue dress bought and ready and the invitations almost ready to be sent out. Thea would love for her whole family to join them on their big day, but her sister Emily is proving to
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Kobby Gyampoh
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Great storyline. Not, really unique, but enjoyable all the same. What with Thea's parents contemplating on moving out into a low-maintenance home, fearing the prospect they might get old and get put in homes? And also, Thea's sister Emily who's going through post-partum depression. A star!

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The main characters are Great. It's told in the point of view of mother and two daughters who have funny voices and different, likable personalities. There's Anna, the mum, w
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Dec 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
I realised very quickly that this was a follow up book, with the first 'It Must Have Been The Mistletoe' having been released the year before. However, even though I hadn't read the first it was easy to catch up, although in hindsight I wish I would have read the first one as it's always great getting the lead up to a story. Sean and Thea had met the year before and now when Sean proposes they decide to get married on Christmas Day. Thea and Sean are warm and easy characters to both like and rea ...more
Ann Cooper
Oct 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
What a lovely book! Judy deals with some very sensitive issues - previous relationships, both recent and distant, family rows and post natal depression in a very sensitive way. It is a very "busy" book - featuring all the members of a family and their problems and solutions.

I really liked the way Judy accelerated the time as we approached Christmas and the seeming oblivion of Thea and her approaching wedding. Thea and Sean have a lovely relationship, full of of teasing and laughs.

Emily and Sam h
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Victoria Sigsworth
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Apparently this is a follow up book but I didn't know this and it certainly works on it's own. Won't review the plot as many reviews on here cover this. It's an easy read and very good. However it only received 4 from me instead of 5 as I found the character of Mike not very well rounded and also wonder if an aging hippy would use the F word?
The other issue I had is that one character, by way of an exclamation uses the phrase" Christ on a bike". I don't know anyone who talks in this way and I kn
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Sally Coles
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sean and Thea are preparing for a Christmas wedding down in Cornwall, just a small family affair so what can possibly go wrong!

Thea's parents Mike and Anna are ageing hippies and are back together again after both of them have had brief flings, and have decided to sell their big London house that has been the family home for decades and downsize and where better than Cornwall.

Thea's sister Emily has just had a third baby and is suffering from post natal depression and is adamant that she is goi
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Jo
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't remember if I had read the first book in this series - turns out according to Goodreads that I had several years ago. But it didn't matter that I couldn't really remember the characters etc as this book works very well as a stand alone title. Loved the main characters and the setting in Cornwall. I was worried for a while that I wouldn't get the happy ending that the title suggested. A perfect holiday read and not too festive for those who don't like reading Christmassy books before t ...more
Angela Free
Oct 23, 2016 rated it liked it
A lovely little story.
Chrys
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
A lovely romantic, feel-good Christmas based story that is a follow on from Must Have Been The Mistletoe. Really enjoyable festive fun.
Paula
Dec 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
A lovely Christmas book, sequel to last years. The story line isn't as meaningful as many of Judy Astley's early books which all had much deeper themes, but still a very enjoyable read.
Sinead McEvoy
Dec 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable and relaxing read
Nessa
Dec 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Truly lovely read, enjoyed it from start to finish
Susan Turek
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
A nice rainy day read.
Karen Whittard
Aug 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was a lovely uplifting Christmas read. Full of heart, love, family, and happily ever afters.
Susan
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Like returning home for Christmas. Loved It must have been the mistletoe and loved this follow up even more. Christmas + wedding = reading heaven. Fantastic from start to finish!
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Judy Astley started writing in 1990 following several years of working as a dressmaker, illustrator, painter and parent. Her sixteen novels, the most recent of which are Laying The Ghost and Other Peoples Husbands, are all published by Transworld/Black Swan. Judys specialist areas, based on many years of hectic personal experience, are domestic disharmony and family chaos with a good mix of love-a ...more
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