The Christmas Forest
In this festive novella by the author of Christmas at the Vicarage, will Enid follow her heart or her head?
Since the tragic loss of her parents, Enid has lived alone in a coastal cottage in Jersey. But this year someone new has come into her life: Fred, who truly gets her, and who knows how to make her happy. The only problem is that Enid has Asperger’s and doesn’t lik...more
This book had a lot of characters with names I’ve never heard before. And this made it more interesting.
Also, reading about a person who had Asperger syndrom was different. In a way, I got to understand (even for a minimal percentage) how a person who suffers of this disease feels like. It’s h ...more
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Both sisters struggle to find lasting love, but there might be something about this coming Christmas which is going to change things for both of them.
I really enjoyed this book, there are not many books which have someone with Aspergers in them and since I have a son with that condition, I was interested to see how Enid ...more
The Christmas Forest by Rebecca Boxall is one of the few Christmas books that I have read that will stick close to my heart. This Christmas story is unlike I have ever read before. I prefer reading stories that are creative where the author thinks outside of the box. She did just that. For this very reason I would gladly read and review for her again.
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It is well written, and you grow to love “quirky” Enid and her thoughts quickly. This is not your normal holiday romance but it is one I truly enjoyed reading because of that. Highly recommend for those that love a good holiday read!
My thanks to Netgalley and the Publishers for my copy. This is my honest review. ...more
The story is told through several points of view; each POV shift is clearly identified and true to the world view of the character. I felt like I came to know the three lead characters pretty well, but I either missed an important bit of information about a few of the secondaries, or it was brought in close to the end as an interesting ...more
I liked the fact that it centered around a main character who has Asperger’s. Enid was likeable and relatable and though her emotions and actions were not always rational, I could always understand where she was coming from.
Sure, pretty much all of this novella (apart from one event, which shook things up a bit) was pretty predictable, but I had fun with this one nonetheless. If you are looking for a s ...more
I rated this book 3.5 on my blog!
I'm normally very picky about romance/women's fiction - I love them, but there are so many too fluffy, too cheesy crap out there it's hard to find one that's truly amazing. The fact that the main character is someone with Asperger's convinced me to read this one. I hoped this would be something different than all the others.
In a sense it was different, but no ...more
I truly enjoyed Rebecca Boxall's novella! It's filled with endearing characters and powerful emotions. 'The Christmas Forest' is the warm and touching story of a young woman named Enid who has Asperger. As you may know, Asperger is a developmental disorder of someone who has difficulties in social interaction and nonverbal communication, along with restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests. In fact, they are just different.
Since, their parents died in a ...more
Enid and Australian Fred have been in contact with each other for years following a Christmas card swap. Initially with letters, photos and then phone calls. After Fred's Mum dies, Enid decides to tackle her Asperger demons and visit Fred in We ...more
Best part of book is Harry carolling. I laughed and cried because I was so surprised and touched by that part. The entire story was well done. Enid and Dan's characters were well written. I enjoyed the concept of the play. All of the characters were wonderful well except the dreaded bad boyfriend who well was useless. Who knew that someone with so many quirks could protect another person so fiercely. Just wonderfully written. ...more
The Christmas Forest hooked me from the beginning. What a great book, filled with sweet romance and some action. I loved the characters - especially having the different points of view.
To be honest, I wasn't all that thrilled when first started reading this book, BUT, I am a die hard. When and/or where the story really grabbed me I'm not sure, all I know is I am so glad I read it to the end. It's such an open story of real life, how we cope, how we adjust, how we protect, how we love. Thank you Ms Boxall for this delightful story. ...more
This had a very weird focus on Enid and her Asperger's syndrome. I understand that it can be a big deal in a person's life. I get that there is a learning curve for those who don't know about it. My problem is that Enid seems to be defined entirely by the Asperger's and she gets no real personality. I don't feel like it's fair that every social interaction needs to mention that she has Asperge ...more
Still, like I said, the story ...more
This is a lovely story, perfect for Christmas. It is totally far fetched but that's why it's called fiction. I loved the relationship between the sisters and I loved the jersey setting. I sometimes feel that I am the only person in the world who was underwhelmed by Eleanor Oliphant and I think that I had more of a connection with Enid because we first meet her taking a very brave step. If you want a lovely read about sisters, romance and hedgehogs all with a snowy Christmassy setting ...more