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I'll Be Home for Christmas

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  772 ratings  ·  40 reviews
It's three days before Christmas ...
Tilly boards a plane on the other side of the world. She's determined to reach Roone, a small island off the west coast of Ireland, in time for Christmas Day. Tilly carries a troubling secret and Laura, a woman she's never met, might be the only one who can help her.
Except that Laura has no idea that Tilly exists. And with five children,
Paperback, 400 pages
Published December 22nd 2015 by Hachette Ireland (first published October 15th 2015)
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Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tbr-2017
Wow. I did not like this book at all. This is the third book taking place on the Island of Roone. I am a sucker for series books and this one just turned into a mess. Maybe because the story just focuses on two characters (Laura and Tilly). I just had a hard time with how things worked out in this book, and also how we just heard about but never saw characters. I maybe rolled my eyes at how Nell's stepson seemed to just walk into a room and some teen girl falls for him (just like in book #2). Th ...more
Margaret Madden
Nov 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
I finally grabbed a copy of this, after Christmas, and was delighted to plonk myself down by the fire and get my Christmas reading on...

Tilly is on a mission. Onboard a flight halfway around the world, she is trying to find answers. The questions have only just surfaced but time is not on her side.
Laura is in a dark place. A recent illness has caused her life to change and she fears it will never be the same again. Despite the love of her family, she struggles to wear a smile these days.
Can the
Trish at Between My Lines
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
I loved every whimsical corner of the mysterious Roone Island. An Island where miracles happen, where apples grow all year round, and where the cemetery smells of orange or chocolate.

Where the community are resilient, over friendly and come bearing gossip. This was a lovely easy read with heart warming characters and all the feel good feels.

I realised while reading that this is a standalone book but there are a series of books set on Roone Island and I'm off now to buy them all.
Jan 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I loved this book and really enjoy Roisin Meaney's writing style. I didn't want the book to end. The characters were all very interesting, especially Laura and her new found sister Tilly. I loved all the magic that occurred on Roone. I can't wait to read Roisin Meaney's next book.
Shirley Revill
A really enjoyable Christmas read that i really enjoyed. Recommended.
Samantha Curley-Young
Dec 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved this story, was a nice "don't think too hard" easy read and I found myself very invested in the characters and wondering how it would all play out in the end.

A lovely holiday read.
Rachel Gilbey
Nov 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Over the past few years I have been attracted to Roisin Meaney books when I have spotted them in various Kindle sales, and then unfortunately I have forgotten to start reading them, and so my collection for the author has grown until this book.

I'll Be Home For Christmas is the first Roisin Meaney I have read, and all I can say is I'm so glad I have a stock pile of others to read already, as I need to read more from this fabulous author. This was obviously also my first trip to Roone Island, and
Lisa Marie O'Connor
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! This is really not my genre as I would normally class this as 'chick lit' but I picked it up in beautifully new condition at a local sale and the title appealed to me as it was almost Christmas! Well I was immediately drawn into the story and the author has a knack of slowly revealing more about each character and their background until you find yourself missing the characters after you've read the book! I liked it because it was unexpected, kept me guessing and isn;t sentimen ...more
Deborah Blanchard
I received this book through NetGalley and from Hachette Books Ireland. Roisin Meaney is a master storyteller of the highest caliber. This was a wonderful, magical, heartwarming book. I loved the main character, Tilly, and her bravery at such a young age. The characters are all well developed and you will feel what they all feel. Magic and love of family abounds on Roone. The story flowed effortlessly from beginning to end. It was a very warm and fuzzy read and I loved every minute of it. I am h ...more
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the third book by Roisin Meaney that is set on the Island of Roone. Hear books can be read as standalone but to get an insight into the characters it would be good to read the other two books first

I loved this book and found it an easy read. In this book we meet Tilly who travels half way across the world to Roone to find out who she really is. She is also,carrying a secret that she cannot tell anyone about. Laura who lives on Roone is married with five children and is stressed out from
Nov 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've never read any of Roisin Meaney's books before but as she was compared to Maeve Binchey I thought I would enjoy this and I wasn't wrong. This is a lovely story of Tilly coming from Australia to meet the sister she has only just found out exists. There are a wonderful cast of characters and Roisin Meaney really captures the atmosphere of that Christmas on the island of Roone. I loved this book and will be looking for more of her books. Thanks to Netgallery for giving me the chance to read &a ...more
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: loved-it
This was part of my Christmas reading and I really enjoyed it. Although this is the third book based on Roone it can be read as a standalone which I've done.

This story is based on Laura and Tilly. I found these two to be very likeable characters and found myself feeling as if I was on the Roone island with them.

Really loved visiting the magical Roone Island. I'm so looking forward to reading more from this author.
Mary Lou
Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
A perfect winter holiday read. This third Roone novel is as sincere as the other two, but perhaps a little less sparkly. It concentrates on the development of Laura’s story, strongly crafted, but I think it misses Nell, who barely features. Perhaps the writer doesn’t want the series to be as long running as the Archers, but why ever not please?

Dec 29, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

Well, a lot has happened on Roone since I last visited - most notably Laura has added to her family with another baby daughter. In fact, this caused me to spend the first few pages convinced I'd been here before but something just didn't quite match up for me then George the Donkey got a namecheck and I remembered reading about this rather odd Irish Isle previously and it all began to slot in to place for me. To be honest, the book did get slightly more enjoyable from that point on as I
Claire Mc Partlin
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christmas-read
Very thoughtful story set over Christmas, with lots going on and some quite hard subjects (cancer, marriage problems, shock pregnancy, long-lost unknown sister etc.) but because it was set on the quite mystical, very friendly Irish island of Roone in Kerry it balanced it out with the characters and made for a very entertaining read.

Laura really has her hands full, she's recently recovering from cancer, has 5 young children (2 sets of twins and a baby), isn't getting on with her husband at the mo
The Reading Panda
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Meaney does it again! I had high expectations for the novel; Meaney did not let me down. The strength of the novel lied in Laura and Tilly. Tilly was just lovely. She was a good kid with a mature head on her shoulders. She wasn't perfect, however. Without giving too much away, Tilly got herself into a serious mess, and her secret trip to Ireland only made the chaos messier. Meaney mangaed to give Tilly the endearment of a child together with the shortsightedness of a teenager. So many
Corinne Johnston
Such fun to continue my love affair with the residents of this island off Ireland! Concentrating this time on Laura and a surprise visitor from Australia, old favourites are not neglected, but relegated to the periphery of the real life struggles facing Laura. (Minor annoyance, this is set in Ireland at Christmas, it is cold, really cold; the Australian visitor comes from inland Queensland and has seen the ocean once in her 17 years - why does the cover of this paperback edition feature two woma ...more
Cynthia (Bingeing On Books)
This was a very whimsical holiday story that I enjoyed a lot. I liked that the main focus was on friendship and family and not romance. Tilly was a great character and I forgave her for her stupid decisions because of her young age. I loved Laura and felt a lot if empathy for what she had gone through, though my sympathy for her started to decrease a little by the end. But her story was very relatable. I loved all the townspeople and the wonderful island of Roone. Great read!
Anita Johnson
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved visiting Roon again, a very small island off the west coast of Ireland, especially at Christmas. Nell and Laura still live there with their families and are in for a huge surprise when Tilly, a 17-year-old girl from Australia, appears on Laura's doorstep Christmas Day. I like these characters more with each book of the series. Best to read One Summer and After the Wedding first.
Helen Durnin
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I really loved this book and felt drawn into this beautiful story.The author's description of the magical island and it's residents was amazing and she completely captured the atmosphere and quirkiness of Ireland and Irish people.
Look forward to more from this author.
Mary Geraghty
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

What a beautiful story. I loved the characters and the descriptions of each and everyone made it more real. This would be a fantastic film. 😊
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Opvolger van after the wedding
Voor alle van van mauve binchy eb cathy kelly
Haughton Eileen
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book .... it’s a delightful story.
Ellin Clifford
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Christmas gift

Love reading the tales of the people on Roone. Surely a magical place if ever there was one, although for me everywhere in Ireland is magical.
Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, book-club
This was our book club read for December. It was a lovely, super laid-back Christmas story and makes me long for one without tons of presents. And of course, I'm always left longing for the island of Roome!
Gina Wynn
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Hmm. I love Christmas themed books. I love the joy and magic of the season. I love the sparkle. Any book with Christmas in the title had better bring me plenty of magic and sparkle. This book surprised me. There was a quiet undertone of magic and only the merest hint of low-key sparkle, but both were compensated for by the cosy glow of a warm, winter fireplace. Despite the reduction of my usual Christmas book loves, Roisin Meaney’s story stole in and warmed my heart, anyway. And it’s a tale suit ...more
Mrs Elaine Rogers
A warm and cosy read

Enjoyed every word didn't need to skip any of the chapters. Would recommend to anyone needing a cosy afternoon in
Amanda - Go Book Yourself
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It's Christmas and we're back on Roone for a third time. I will never ever tire of reading about Roone and it's inhabitants. The magic of this Island seems to just seep through every single page and it has really captured my heart!

Christmas is a stressful time anyway but with 5 kids and a mother in law Laura is really finding it hard. I really enjoyed reading the story from Laura's point of view. We were so used to Nell (whom
Sally Coles
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Seventeen year old Tilly boards a plane bound for Ireland 3 days before Christmas to try and find a sister that she has never met and who does not know of Tilly's existence. She lies to her adopted parents about where she is going and she has a secret that no-one knows.

Laura is stressed she is recovering from cancer, her demanding, critical mother in law is coming to stay and she has five young children to look after, so when on Christmas day there is a knock on the door and a stranger is standi
Dec 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
**I received this as a digital ARC from NetGalley---thank you!**

I have a weakness for anything set in Ireland. Meaney's tale was a perfect read for December and relaxing during a busy holiday preparation season. The inhabitants of Roone, Laura and Tilly are cozy and easy to root for. Tilly is on a quest to find the sister she never had, encountering some predictable problems but also some wonderful characters along the way. Roone seems a tight-knit island ( I envision Aran Islands as I read)...b
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Born on 3rd September.
A published author of fourteen books for adults and two for children, Roisin has also written numerous articles for journals and newspapers. She worked as an advertising copywriter for a number of years, and brings a vast amount of experience to the editing team. Her first novel, The Daisy Picker, won a Write a Bestseller competition. Her third novel, The Last Week of May rea