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The Christmas Forest

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  1,152 ratings  ·  81 reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 165 pages
Published November 20th 2018 by Lake Union Publishing
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I absolutely love all of the terrific holiday books that are out there this year and I hope you are too! Last year, which really was the first year that I actually read a lot of holiday books, I came across author Rebecca Boxall. I fell in love with her 2017 book, Christmas on the Coast, and immediately had to go back and read her previous year's offerings, Christmas at the Vicarage and Home for Winter. All of these were well told, beautiful stories set during the holidays but heartwarming tales ...more
Sisters Enid and Bess lived in little cottages, side by side on the small island of Jersey. Enid had Asperger’s which made routine a very important part of her life. Her online meeting of Fred saw Enid happy as Fred understood Enid, knew what she needed and just ‘got her’. But Fred lived in Australia near Perth – a long way from Jersey. When Fred invited Enid to visit for Christmas, he knew it’d be a hard decision for her. But eventually Enid decided that yes, she would fly to Perth from Gatwick ...more
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have to admit that the first half of the book was boring. I kept waiting for something to happen. And when Enid got to the airport it finally started to click. I got my part of action I was waiting for.
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
Amanda Bannister
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5/5 rounded up to 4🌟
Dana-Adriana B.
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
It is a nice Christmas romance, the story of two sisters, one with Asperger syndrom, Are they going to follow their hearts? I just love the magic around Christmas. The three main characters are putting up the story.
Thank you Netgalley for this copy
Deanne Patterson
This novella length book will pull at your heartstrings. The Christmas Forest is a warm and emotion filled story about a woman named Enid who has Asperger. Today, Asperger's syndrome is technically no longer a diagnosis on its own. It is now part of a broader category called autism spectrum disorder. Someone who has it is just as smart as other folks, but they have more trouble with social skills. They also tend to have an obsessive focus on one topic or perform the same behaviors again and agai ...more
Monica Mac
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a gentle tale of Enid and Bess, two sisters who are very close but who are very different people. Bess is outgoing and sociable and Enid likes routine and has Aspergers.

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
Heidi Lynn’s BookReviews
First, I want to thank Rebecca Boxall, Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for providing me this book so I may bring you this review.

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.

Rebecca Boxa
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Christmas Forest by Rebecca Boxall. An emotional Christmas romance with interesting and unique characters A lovely holiday read.

Thank you to the publisher, author, and NetGalley for the opportunity to preview the book.
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Christmas Forest is a lovely holiday read . The story of two sisters, one out going and bubbly and one who had Asperger’s and struggles with socializing.

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!
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a lovely story, which took me only a few hours to read from start to finish. Loved the characters and the ending is how i had hoped it would be. It's the first time that i have read any books by Rebecca Boxall and am now eager to read more. Recommended.

My thanks to Netgalley and the Publishers for my copy. This is my honest review.
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a gentle, thoughtful look at life and love in an English coastal island village. Christmas plans and celebrations frame the setting for the interactions.
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
Nov 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
Abandoned book. Enid suffers with Asperger's Syndrome and is invited to spend Christmas in Australia with Fred. Her sister Bess encourages her to leave her comfort zone and accompany him. Will she do it? The book's premise was strong, but the narrative lacked continuity. About 60% into the book, I finally called it quits. I received an electronic copy of the book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Enid and Bess, sisters, live in side by side cottages in Jersey. Enid has Asperger’s and doesn’t like to leave her comfort zone. She is quite happy living next door to her sister, but on a whim one Christmas, she joins a Christmas card program. She and Fred, who lives in Australia, begin a long-distance friendship writing and talking on the phone over the year and Fred has invited Enid to visit him. How can she possibly fly across the world to spend Christmas with someone she has never met? This ...more
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
How better to start December than with a short light Christmas read? I really enjoyed this one.

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
Dora  (Swift Coffee Book Blog)
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
My full review will be available from 26th Jan, 2018 on my blog:

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
Nicole Laverdure
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A heartwarming story!

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
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sisters Enid and Bess live in neighbouring cottages on the island of Jersey. Enid has Aspergers, which has had a knock on effect on the way she lives her life. She likes her cat, hedgehogs and routines which to others seem odd, but that is the way she is.

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
Kirsten Ensman
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant story

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.
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads, romance
I received this through the Goodreads Giveaways for an honest review.

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.
Ali (Ali's Bookshelf )
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018-read
This one is poorly written and I was so lost half the time while reading. It was hard to remember where they were in the story. If they were in the US or England because everyone talked like everyone else. Honestly, it showed me that the author didn't do her research at all. ...more
Patricia Stark
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Efforts and joy

Very much enjoyed the English terms. A young womans life challenged by Autism and her very eventful life. Life is not an easy piece of cake all the time. (Smile).

Debbie Vetter
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it

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.
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great Christmas Story!

I loved this Christmas story set in England and Australia. All the characters were fun with quirky personalities. Fun ending!
Dec 12, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
I can't seem to review it on the app without a rating, but I typically don't rate titles I don't finish.

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
Susan Mather Barone
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked the Christmas Forest, but I must have thought this was a novel, not a novella. I felt it ended too soon. The plot was tidied up at the end, so no loose strings. The story begins in the UK with one of the main characters, Enid, deciding whether to meet her Christmas card penpal, Fred, who lives in Australia. She and her sister Bess lost their parents in their 20s. The two sisters live in cottages next to each other. Enid has Asperger's Syndrome, something I am familiar with, so it was int ...more
Reading The Christmas Forest was a lot like cozying up on the sofa with a cup of steaming hot chocolate and a Hallmark Christmas movie. The characters were endearing and unique, with one of them being a woman with Asperger's (I think this is the first romance I've read with such a character and it was refreshing). While this is undoubtedly a story set around Christmas time (hence the title), this is not as full of fa la la la la, mistletoe, and yuletide sentiments as one might expect, so if you' ...more
Marie Anastasi
Dec 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
Good story but disappointed that Good Reads included such a seeming reference to lack of morality among the couples. We have had enough of the suggestion of sex apart from marriage . Is it any wonder that 50 percent of children have born to unwed couples and that children don’t have the security of an intact home? Having worked as a mental health therapist , i assure you of had heard it all regarding the insecurity that comes without security of a loving moral lifestyle which contributes to a br ...more
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book, it was a great story that kept my attention from the start. But, I really wouldn’t call this book a “festive novella” as the description states. Yes, it takes place around Christmas time but the only mention of Christmas is a few times when a Christmas play is mentioned (which is where the title comes from because the play is called The Christmas Forest, when Enid asks Fred to stay for Christmas, and buying or giving of a few Christmas presents.

Still, like I said, the story
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it

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
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Rebecca Boxall was born in East Sussex in 1977 and grew up in a bustling vicarage always filled with family, friends and parishioners. She now lives by the sea in Jersey with her husband, children and cat. She read English at the University of Warwick before training as a lawyer and also studied Creative Writing with The Writer's Bureau. She was nominated for the Romantic Novel Awards in 2020.


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