Christmas at the Vicarage
It’s been fifteen years since Rosamunde last lived at the vicarage in Potter’s Cove, the pretty coastal village where she grew up, experienced her first true love—and a heartbreak that changed her life forever. But now Potter’s Cove is calling her back: it’s time to make peace with the past and go home.
Rosamunde’s return to the vicarage in the days before Christmas is a wh...more
As Rosamunde’s flight from Perth, Western Australia touched down, she was keen to get to Potter’s Cove, her home not far from London, where she’d fled from fifteen years prior. She knew it was time to return – she badly needed to see her dad, the Vicar, and her sister Rachel who now lived in London. Rosamunde was also looking forward to catching up with her best friend Kizzie. Christmas wasn’t far away, and she knew it would be a rush of festivities, but Rosamunde was looking forward to it. ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this nice easy Christmas romance.
When Rosamunde returns home to the Vicarage in the quaint little English coastal village of Potter's Cove, after a fifteen year absence, she finds herself feeling more settled than she expected and becomes quite reluctant to think about her return to the city life.
Her father welcomes her with open arms and encourages her to relax and enjoy her stay for however long it might be.
This is the place where she grew up and where her beloved father, ...more
1) The title and the synopsis made me think that this was going to be a cozy Christmas read that would get me in the mood for the holidays. I was sad to realize that half of this book takes place during summer - which does not get me in the mood for Christmas at all.
2) Being 25% into the book I still don't get what the point of it is? Maybe that will be revealed later, but ...more
Rosamunde has returned after being away for fifteen years. We follow what led to her leaving and staying away through alternating tales set in the past and the present.
The Christmas feeling flows through the book as Rosamunde catches up with her friend Kizzie and goes shopping with Benedict. It gives you a warm feeling. The cover of the book gives such promise and you eage ...more
Most of the story seems to be dedicated to Rosamunde and her fist love, which to be honest I felt some parts were slightly far fetched. When she does find happiness again I don't feel that enough of the story was dedicated to that relationsh ...more
Christmas at the Vicarage was a perfect choice, as it was probably only set at Christmas f ...more
I'm instituting a new policy of mentioning at the start of a review when a publisher, such as Lake Union in this case, does this, and pointlessly makes it harder for ...more
This was a warm and delightful read. I especially liked the structure of the ...more
Favorite quote: 'Excellent, excellent. Just been making sure I can say "vicissitudes" for the service, and I can. My sobriety test,' he chuckled as he disengaged himself from Rosamunde to pop his dog collar on.
The perfect read a few days before Christmas. The story takes place in 2014 and 1978. The chapters are short and well put together each blending together to unfold the story.
What a unique story with complex characters. I was fascinated by the intricacy of the deep emotions in this book. The narrator is absolutely fantastic. She could make a mediocre book seem amazing. I will definitely look other books narrated by her. Happy reading/listening!
If you love beautifully written stories that make you feel as though you know the characters, then this is the book. What a wonderful gentle story of family and love. It will make you laugh and cry with the characters.
I hesitated, unsure of whether to read this or not. Kept it aside always. When I found it on the top position in Amazon list, I decided to give it a whirl. You won't believe it! I was completely engrossed by the story, and kept reading it. In fact, I was searching the google for more books by Rebecca Boxall. And Guess what I found out? It's her DEBUT novel. Wow!
Rosamunde is disturbed by a recurring nightdream. Intrigued by the dream, she decides to return home after fifteen long years. She stays ...more
Rosamunde has decided to return home to Potter's Cove in Devon after an absence of 15 years. She left following traumatic events and now she thinks she's finally able to face the past and return. She arrives in Potter's Cove at the vicarage to stay with her father at Christmas time. In the story we meet her sister Rachel who in marr ...more
Christmas at the Vicarage is the first novel by Rebecca Boxall. Set in a small town on the Devon, England, coast, this is the story of Rosamunde Pemberton and her homecoming after fifteen years of world wandering. Some times it's homesickness, other times emergencies, but in Rosamunde's case it is a recurring dream that brings her back to Potter's Cove.
When Rosamunde arrives at the vicarage she is warmly greeted by Bernie Pemberton, her father and the vicar. Although the home overall is as she r ...more
The writer wrote the story in two time frames (I seem to be reading more and more books like this these days) and one related to Rosamunde as a youngster and then a teenager to the present day time of Rosamunde as a 40 plus. It was a slightly different change to time lines in lots of stories w ...more
Starting in 2014 and going back and forth in time from 1978 as Rosamunde remembers living in the Vicarage with her sister and father after her mother died. She thinks of her first love, of how her life may have been, if circumstanc ...more
I want to thank Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for allowing me to read this book in exchange for my honest review.
I had originally requested this book thinking it would put me in the mood for Christmas. I will not lie; you won't find it in this book. Christmas takes backseat to the story of Rosamunde and the series of events 15 years prior that come full circle when she returns home. Rosamunde reflects on the heartaches, coming of age rites, and failed relationships as she savors the tim ...more
I liked the main character and learning about her life and that of her family, but the swapping back and forth between the present and the past quickly grew tiring. I didn't feel like the author spent enough time in the present and on Rosamunde's current relationship to fill in the romance requirem ...more
It is a warm and affectionate look at village life, which was very funny at times - the nativity play being one example. Rosamunde becomes close to her friend Benedict, but feels secure with him because he is gay.
Once back home it seems like she has never been away, her father Bernie the vicar is a lovely warm character, and all her old friends are delighted to see her, and in the run up to Christmas there is plenty to keep her busy.
The story is told in alternating chapters of the past and the present and so we find out what caus ...more