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4.03  ·  Rating details ·  1,828 ratings  ·  300 reviews
The Christmas Party is a delicious, page-turning story of romance, family and secrets, by the Sunday Times bestselling author Karen Swan.

When Declan Lorne, the last remaining knight in Ireland, dies suddenly, an ancient title passes with him. But his estate on Ireland’s rugged south-west coast is left to his three daughters. The two eldest, Ottie and Pip, inherit in line w
Paperback, 480 pages
Published October 1st 2020 by Pan (first published October 31st 2019)
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Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a charming story of three sisters - Pip, Ottie and Willow, daughters of Declan Lorne of Lorne Castle, Kilmally, Ireland and his wife Serena. Declan’s lineage is an ancient one of over 700 years but the castle and its estate is in financial straits like so many other large estates. The book starts really well with a 30th wedding anniversary celebration party that larger than life Declan has thrown for his friends and family while Willow is being a rock chick at a U2 concert in Crowe Park, ...more
Veronica ⭐️
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, pan-mac
The Christmas Party set in south-west Ireland tells the story of the Lorne family living in the 700 year old Lorne Castle. Declan Lorne, the last living knight in Ireland, his wife Serena and their three grown daughters Ottie, Pip and Willow may be the end of the Lorne legacy. With no male heir and an ever mounting amount of costly repairs required on the ageing castle it looks like Lorne Castle will need to be sold.

The Christmas Party is a story of family, heritage and the massive financial bur
When Willow received the call from her eldest sister Ottie to say their father was dying, she immediately raced from Dublin to the castle that her family owned. She drove through the night, desperate to see her father before it was too late. The shock and devastation felt by the three sisters, Ottie, Pip and Willow was matched by the grief their Mam was feeling. The further shock after the funeral was over for a much-loved Declan Lorne, the 29th knight of Ireland, was felt all over again when th ...more
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beguiling, quaint, and heartwarmingly festive!

The Christmas Party is an alluring, heartfelt story that sweeps you away to the beautiful, rugged coastline of southwest Ireland in winter and immerses you into the lives of the Lorne family as they endure a great loss, accept the things they cannot change, confront the past, repair strained relationships, take chances, and embrace the future.

The prose is evocative and well turned. The characters are distressed, vulnerable, genuine, and troubled. And
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews

‘The last knight of Ireland may be dead. But his legacy was his love.’

The Sunday Times bestselling author of sixteen novels, Karen Swan, has released her annual festive holiday themed novel, The Christmas Party. A story of the bonds of family, sibling relations, loss, long held secrets, the past and the future, The Christmas Party is an engaging new novel from the queen of holiday fiction.

The Christmas Party begins on a sad note, the last knight of Ireland p
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a great Christmas romance by Karen Swan. I really enjoyed the story behind the family. Lots of audible gasps, several laugh out loud moments and yes a few tears too.
A lovely lovely Christmas story, perfect for the lead up to Christmas with a reminder of what is important in life❤
Andrea Pole
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The Christmas Party by Karen Swan is another decadent treat from an author who consistently delivers the sweeping family chronicles that we have come to expect. This is a story of family, long buried secrets, and the redemptive and healing powers of forgiveness, all wrapped up in a cozy package.

The last knight of Ireland has died unexpectedly, leaving his ancestral home, Lorne Castle, to the stewardship of his three daughters. Having lived their entire lives believing that they have failed their
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Superspeed readers like me can read 150 - 200+ pages, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. LOL

I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.

Globe and Mail bestseller Karen Swan invites you to the party of the year...

Pip and her two sist
This was a struggle for me. I found the story long and not captivating. When I don't remember much of the story and the characters, I consider that not an impressive story.
I really wanted to enjoy it not enough Christmas story line, Wished for more.
Thanks to Netgalley, Pan Mac Millan and Karen Swan for this early e-arc in exchange of an honest review,
Lisa M
Dec 18, 2020 rated it liked it
This book wasn't overly festive if anyone just wanted a book that happened to be set in the run up to Christmas (which occurs at the very end). A tale of 3 sisters I was only really interested in Ottie's story but it was an okay read overall. ...more
Rachel Gilbey
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Within just the first third of this book there are near death experiences, death itself, a broken family, an unexpected set of results from a will reading, and clearly all members of the hiding secrets but at that stage you have no idea just what they are.

To say just that first perhaps third of the story is eventful would be an understatement and doesn't even scratch the surface of everything that happens in this book, and the story of the Lorne sisters, who are no longer as close as they once
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christmas
This was a lovely story with a great setting.
Dec 15, 2019 rated it liked it
As a long time fan of Karen Swan I was very much looking forward to her latest book The Christmas Party but I'm sorry to say this just didn't work for me. It's not bad and I suspect there may be an element of it being me rather than the story but I struggled to get into it and just never seemed to connect with it.

Swan's writing is as wonderful as always and it's an intriguing premise, a family at war over an inheritance, the uncovering of secrets and long term resentments. Unfortunately however
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great Christmas read! Loved it. The Christmas Party was a great, fun read over the festive season filled with love, warmth and some humour but also touching on some aspects of grief and affairs. Secrets which unfold.

Setting is just perfect. A castle in Ireland in need of renovations. There's snow, parties, mulled wine, Christmas trees, red dresses, gifts under the tree and everything Christmas you could ask for.

The cover artwork is amazing as with all Karen Swan Christmas novels.
I received a free digital copy of this book from the publishers/author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Sisters Willow, Pip and Ottie reunite a few months before Christmas when their father, the last knight of Ireland, dies suddenly. The girls end up being shocked when youngest daughter Willow is left in control of their father's failing estate and given the tough decision to sell the land or not. Each woman deals with their grief and new happenings in their life, as Christmas gets
Nicola Clough
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book Karen never lets you down and her characters are brilliant and the plot has many twists and turns that make you want to keep reading. It's full of families and hidden secrets and learning to forgive and move forward and also some romance thrown in a great read.
The Loren family live in the castle in Ireland and the father is the last male left to inherit it but what will happen when he passes away. There are three girls in the family and he oldest one thinks she will get it b
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a book that I just couldn’t put down. It’s main focus was on the Lorne family and the relationship between the three sisters but also between the mother and the youngest sister, Willow. There are a few secrets to uncover, one being why did Willow leave the family castle three years ago and go to live in Dublin. There is also the sense of community within a small village, where everyone knows each other and often meet in the local inn. Romance features, although the reader is never quite ...more
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Karen Swan books are romances for people who think they don’t like romance. I say this because I am one of those readers who shunned the romance genre but Swan’s books have won me over to the light side. I am just about the crotchetiest reader you can imagine; I don’t like romance, I don’t like Christmas, I don’t like anything sappy and sweet but I have enjoyed several of her books in the past so I was excited to get my hands on this one. It is true that her books feature burgeoning romantic rel ...more
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
Not a Christmas book and very predictable.
Cressida McLaughlin
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
‪I loved EVERY WORD of this book. ‬

My favourite of Karen Swan’s so far, which is saying something as I am a Superfan.

‪Three very different sisters. An Irish castle. Secrets, twists and heartbreak, and oodles of delicious, festive romance. ‬

‪Unputdownable perfection.‬
Jennifer Bibby
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another fantastic festive read from Karen Swan.
Karen Whittard
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Karen does it once again with wonderful feel good book. Full of massive amounts of Christmas spirit, sparkle joy and magic. It’s a really lovely book. Full of drama and romance.
J.L. Slipak
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

I have come to love reading Karen Swans’ contemporary Christmas books. I’ve also reviewed and interviewed this remarkable author.

Karen Swan is known for creating complex, strong women characters who are put into extraordinary situations and intoxicating settings. She adds elements of suspense and mystery, along with romance to drive tension and create conflict that leads to explosive conclusions. This brilliant author, also strong
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Christmas Party is set in a small village in Southwest Ireland. It is the story of the Lorne family. When Declan Lorne dies, it is the end of an era. He was the last living knight in Ireland. Having three daughters, and no son, the Knighthood dies with him. Not only that, but 700 year old Lorne Castle is falling apart. With bad investments over the years, the Lorne family does not have the money needed for the costly repairs to the castle. His will leaves the castle to his youngest daughter ...more
Stephanie (earlgreyreads)
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I've read by Karen Swan, and I really enjoyed it!

After the sudden passing of Declan Lorne, the last knight in Ireland, Willow has just returned to join her sisters and her mother at their family home, Lorne castle. Everyone is shocked when the will is read, and the castle is left under the ownership of Willow, the youngest of the three daughters, and the only one who had moved away from home years ago. Ottie remained on the castle property to run a campground, and Pip man
Claire Mc Partlin
This is my first Karen Swan book, and I loved it!  The story is set around a castle in Ireland at Christmas and has plenty of family drama going on, a death, a near-death, affairs and family secrets, a real page-turner.

The story is all about the Lorne family - there's Serena (Mother), Declan (very recently deceased Father) and the three daughters - Ottie (runs the campsite on the family land / having an affair with a married man), Pip (runs the stables / trekking tours, loves her horses) and Wil
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I've ever read by Karen Swan, but oh my goodness, it won't be the last! This is the story of three sisters, Ottie, Pip and Willow, who are the daughters of the last Knight of Ireland - the last, because he had three daughters and no sons. The family live in the castle that has belonged to their family for 800 years.

The sisters are very different, and they are all harbouring secrets, two of them huge, and one devastating. You don't get to learn of the devastating secret th
Hannah Higgins
Jan 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
This is not the kind of book I would usually read at all. I got a free copy through the Pigeonhole App so thought I might as well give it a go. I find it lagged at parts, slightly boring and much too long but I just had to find out what happened to the three sisters so I kept going. It was a nice story overall just could have been a quicker read. Somewhere between 2 and 3 stars I think!

Also if you want to read this but feel it might be too Christmassy, don't worry the story is just taking place
D. E. Ellerbeck
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'll be honest, I didn't really know what to expect upon reading this Christmas novel. It was recommended by a co-worker and I hadn't even read the synopsis. Needless to say I was pleasantly surprised when I dove into this festive read. Swan paints a beautiful picture of Ireland and it's inhabitants, filling it with dreams, mystery, and love. While it doesn't start off overly Christmassy it ends with a bang! Definitely a fantastic read for the holiday season. ...more
Natasha Ellis
Dec 18, 2019 rated it liked it
I have read most of Karen Swans book and have enjoyed them, unusual stories with great locations. The Christmas Lights is one of my favourites.
Sadly this one disappointed me, it was ok but felt like a typical chick lit Irish novel. That’s not a bad thing but I usually expect more from this author.
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Karen Swan began her career in fashion journalism before giving it all up to raise her three children and a puppy, and to pursue her ambition of becoming a writer. She lives in the forest in Sussex, writing her books in a treehouse overlooking the Downs. Her books include Christmas at Tiffany's, Summer at Tiffany's, The Perfect Present, Christmas in the Snow, The Summer Without You, The Paris Secr ...more

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