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4.19  ·  Rating details ·  296 ratings  ·  107 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
Paperback, 474 pages
Published October 31st 2019 by Pan Macmillan
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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
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
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 ...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
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
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 sisters inherit a
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
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
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
Shelves: netgalley
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 ...more
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.
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
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
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
Diane Elizabeth (BaronessBookish)
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.
Vanessa Wild
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A castle belonging to the last knight in Ireland, three disparate daughters and an inheritance are the basis for this heartwarming story about family secrets. The perfect fairytale!

I loved this one. I read it via the Pigeonhole app and really enjoyed reading each stave every day. It takes you on a ‘feel good’ and, at times, emotional journey through the ups and downs and twists and turns of family life. It fair warms the cockles of your heart. I thought it dealt with the more serious threads of
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.
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
Val Robson
Nov 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This is the story of three sisters, Ottie, Pip and Willow whose father, Declan Lorne owns Lorne Castle in Kilmally, Ireland and is the last knight in Ireland. Following a big party to celebrate his thirtieth wedding anniversary Declan dies suddenly. He has no son to inherit the title and no money to care for the castle.

The reading of the will brings some shocks as Declan has not left the castle his wife, Serena, or eldest daughter but to the only daughter who had fled the nest and is living
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Christmas approaches, and the Lorne estate is in turmoil. The family patriarch - Declan Lorne, the last Knight in Ireland - is dead, and the reading of his will threatens to tear the family apart. The two oldest daughters, Pip and Ottie, have inherited as expected, but why has the castle been left to youngest daughter Willow, who left the estate years before and never looked back? As Christmas draws near, family secrets both old and new are revealed, and life at Lorne will never be the same...

Maureen Moyes
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a charming, very well written story following three sisters in the run up to Christmas Day 2019. I really devoured this enjoyable tale which has many likeable characters which are perfectly described to allow the reader to picture them - including the lovely Irish setting! The book leads the reader on a feel good journey and has some of everything - humour, sadness, fear, tension and of course love. There is, as always, a serious message held within the lightheartedness. Whilst the book ...more
Michael Cayley
Nov 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
Although given a Christmas season title, this is not really a Christmas story until the very end.

Declan Lorne, last surviving knight in the Republic of Ireland, and owner of a castle that is falling into increasing disrepair, dies suddenly, leaving a widow and three adult daughters. As they struggle to come to terms with his will and the financial mess he has left behind, they also have to wrestle with relationship problems, both with each other and with men.

My problem with this book was that I
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
This took me a couple of chapters to get into however it was well worth persevering as I was soon engrossed by sisters Ottie, Pip and Willow. Each of them were so different both in looks, personality and interests but all were well written and I liked each of them. I felt this book took Karen Swan’s writing in a new direction but not in a negative way more an extension to her ability. The storyline was original and inspired without too much predictability and it’s a not overly based around ...more
Nov 09, 2019 rated it liked it
This book is not really a Christmas book. It’s only the final few chapters that mention Christmas

This is the story of three sisters in Ireland who are left shocked after the sudden death of their father and the reading of his will

The book was written very well but apart from a couple of twists it was very predictable.
This was an ok read but nothing special.
Pat Langhelt
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another brilliant book by Karen Swan about 3 sisters who lived in a castle great storyline and thanks to pigeonhole for the e book.
Lisa Day
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
There may have been some crying. I like the way Karen Swan writes. Lots of characters in this one and each were wonderful, and very human.
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was my first Karen Swan book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. So happy that I no have all her other books to read. It wasn't overly Christmassy so could be read at any time of the year. Set in the beautiful rugged countryside and as a runner I was excited that it included an ultra run. Loved the setting, loved the characters, loved the drama. Thank you to The Pigeonhole for the chance to read this title.
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you like a book that deals with family secrets, you'll love this one! Dealing with the death of their beloved father, surprises, secrets and romance are in store for three Irish sisters. Karen Swan delivers another great Christmas read!
Dec 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
This year's Christmas contribution from Karen Swan should come with an addiction warning: don't start just as you are trying to prepare for the annual festivities because the turkey isn't going to get basted, the presents aren't going to get wrapped, the tree will be bauble-free.

Although the first few chapters are slow as Swan sets up her plot-lines, once the hunky romantic leads show up, it's full steam ahead. And this time there are three female leads, so three - THREE! - of Swan's gorgeous
Tea Leaves and Reads
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pigeonhole-books
I read this in 'staves' via the Pigeonhole app - which actually made the book much more enjoyable! As well as seeing the comments from others, I was also restricted in how much I could read each day - but additionally motivated to read each day because a new stave was delivered. It's an interesting way of reading!

There wasn't quite enough Christmas in this book - for one that had such a festive cover and title! It was halfway through before Christmas was even really mentioned - and the only
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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 ...more