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Aunt Dimity's Christmas

(Aunt Dimity Mystery #5)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  3,018 ratings  ·  207 reviews
The fifth installment in the bestselling and beloved Aunt Dimity series. Watch out for Nancy Atherton's latest, Aunt Dimity and the King's Ransom, coming in July 2018 from Viking!

Lori can hardly wait for Christmas this year: lean times are over, the cottage Aunt Dimity willed her is more beautiful than ever, her nine-month-old twins, Will and Rob, are thriving, and she and
Paperback, 214 pages
Published October 1st 2000 by Penguin Books (first published 1999)
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Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all who wish to read a beautifully touching Christmas story.
As I read this heart warming Christmas story, tears of understanding, tears of compassion, and tears of joy, were shed by me more than once. This is truly a Christmas story that shows the reader what
Christmas should mean to everyone! Nancy Atherton’s Aunt Dimity’s Christmas is most definitely a true Christmas classic! This book I shall reread every Christmas Season especially if I am in a ‘Bah, Humbug’ type of mood. I shall reread this book to remind myself and those around me what the true mea
The Flooze
All of the Dimity stories involve digging up past secrets - usually involving WWII - and learning how to let love and kindness rule. This story is no different.

What is different unfortunately is that I felt rather beaten about the head with Christmas spirit. Yes, it's a Christmas book, so of course I expected Peace and Goodwill to claim the spotlight. But I didn't anticipate the overwhelming insistence of it. It's as if every other page contained a reminder to tend to the less fortunate. A wort
Cathy Daniel
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a sweet book! Perfect Christmas read. The only part that was odd to me was married Lori lusting over a comatose man and a priest. It seems from other reviews this is usual for her which will get old quickly. But I'll definitely read another book in this series and see how it goes!
Dec 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
Humble Lori Shepherd finally replaces her years-old ratty wardrobe by buying nice things she can now afford. As punishment for her greed, a poor, tattered Jesus-lookalike collapses in yard. She is guilted into looking in on him and he bestows His Gaze upon her, which makes her go batty for him and take up his mission of praying for all of the poor airmen who died in WWII. As we learned in book 4, everyone in Finch is still affected by WWII. Also, everyone is still hung up on WWII. (Got it?) In t ...more
Oct 09, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, adult, christmas, mystery
This is a nice, cozy Christmas mystery with a message about the real meaning of a perfect Christmas. While I did enjoy this for the most part, I kept asking myself why Lori always has to fall in "love" with someone other than her husband. Of course Lori is never unfaithful, but she does seem to form attachments very quickly. In this book, she is attracted to two other men - one of whom is even in a coma. And why is Bill always called away for an extended trip somewhere? One of the things I liked ...more
Joy H.
Jan 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery-cozy
The story was fair, but the author intersperses boring details about her family and domestic life which I find boring and annoying. At least I managed to finish the book, drawn on by the hook of the mystery.

I had hoped that Atherton's cozy mysteries might entertain me as much as Dorothy Gilman's "Mrs. Pollifax" cozy mysteries did but alas, Gilman is a hard act to follow.
Jun 13, 2010 rated it it was ok
I gave this a 2 instead of 3 for the mere fact that Lori's roving eye strikes again. It's becoming tiresome.
Nov 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: cozy mystery fans
Sappy as anything, but I'm in the mood for sappy. Lori is determined to make the twins' first Christmas perfect and is driving everyone nuts while she tries for her dream Xmas. But then a tramp is discovered in their driveway partly covered up by snow and Lori gets swept up into an adventure that tells her as much about herself as about the vagrant, maybe more. She is shocked to discover that her vagrant apparently had a stay at a mental asylum, and has a charge of murdering his father but disco ...more
Aug 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Sometimes you need a series that you can go to that is predictably comforting. Such is the Aunt Dimity series by Nancy Atherton. Having just finished some rather heavy reading material, my mind and soul needed something that would soothe me and let me relax into a safe world of hope and light. Aunt Dimity's Christmas was just the ticket. Not that the book is devoid of sadness. It's just that the sadness overwhelmed by by joy and positive self-discovery. I usually race through a mystery series wi ...more
The Rad Books
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it

• I loved the Christmas theme throughout the story. It was enough to remind you of the season but not too much. You can easily enjoy this book during the summer just as easily.
• The characters Lori meets were quite the characters.
• I love the concept of Aunt Dimity being a spirit that communicates through a journal. And Reginald, the stuffed rabbit.
• Now that I’m reading these books in order, I am getting kinda tired of the “Wandering eye” trope that seems to be in every book. It was
Dec 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
If you think these books are silly, think again. This one wasn't a murder mystery, but about a mystery about a stranger that shows up and teaches a community the spirit of giving and sharing, and helping those in need.
Dec 14, 2017 rated it liked it
some of this book was truly beautiful. I can be a sucker for schmaltz, and the book actually touched on the true horrors of war. I enjoy Aunt Dimity, who communicates with a pink rabbit and a blue notebook - I don't mind the touch of supernatural in an otherwise entirely mundane world. the stories of Kit and Lori's father touched on something more transcendent than cozy mysteries often venture towards (for example, the complicated feelings people have about death and murder), which was especiall ...more
stephanie huntington
Just reread this and still love it. This a wonderful, heartwarming series. Highly recommended
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Aunt Dimity's Christmas is book 5 of the Aunt Dimity cozy mystery series set in contemporary England. Lori Shepherd dreams of restoring the family Christmas traditions she remembers from her childhood. By great good fortune, she is now quite wealthy, and lives in a charming cottage with a loving husband and twin babies to add to her joy. She starts her winter celebration by treating herself to all new luxurious clothing, from outerwear to lingerie. Her holiday plans are shaping up nicely, with e ...more
Dec 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
Aunt Dimity's Christmas by Nancy Atherton has been on my shelf for years. So long in fact that I have no recollection of where it came from. So I thought, "it's the Christmas season; it's finally time to read that book". In it, Kit Smith shows up outside of the house of Lori, a wealthy woman. He is nearly dead and Lori has him transported to the hospital and then goes on a mission to learn his story to help him. Overall, this book had a good message. But, I cannot say I enjoyed it. Lori's charac ...more
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Christmas with Aunt Dimity was just as heart-warming as you'd expect!

Shortly before the first Christmas Lori Shepard is planning to enjoy with her twin sons, her beloved husband, and her dear father-in-law in their cozy cottage in England, a very upsetting surprise throws a monkey-wrench into everything.

An unknown "tramp" is discoverd collapsed outside the cottage, frozen, unconscious and apparently desperate to get to Lori's - previously, Dimity's - cottage for unknown reasons.

After having the
Dec 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book again. I read it once before but didn't remember it when I picked it up to read this season. The only reason I know I read it, is that I underlined and marked several passages.
I love the Christmas message in this little cozy mystery. So often, Christmas themed books don't actually discuss the birth of the Christ-child or the difference He has made for all of us. This book, author, doesn't hesitate to share the real meaning of Christmas.
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Jun 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Sandy by: Judie W.
Shelves: fiction-mystery
I liked the "message" of this book. (Yes, I do think the author was trying to convey a message, in addition to spinning a good yarn.) At the end of the book, Lori Shepherd communicates with Aunt Dimity about the homeless man, Kit Smith, who was found in Lori's front yard just before Christmas. Lori tells Dimity that she owes Kit an awful lot and that he helped her--
"He forced me to look at things I didn't want to see...and to remember things I wanted to forget.
"I'd gotten too fat and sassy, Dimi
Rose Collins
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
OK mystery - a little contrived, a little bizarre. Aunt Dimity is dead and the main character, Lori Sheperd communicates with her in writing in a journal - writing from Aunt Dimity actually appears in the journal after Lori asks her questions or tells her about a mystery. A vagrant is found injured and near death in Lori's yard and she calls for help to take him to the hospital. He remains unconscious throughout the book. The mystery involves finding out who he is - he really wasn't a vagrant bu ...more
Dec 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All
One of the best true-meaning-of-Christmas stories I've ever read. If you hadn't read the rest of the Aunt Dimity series up to this point, you might feel a little lost with the cast of characters and the background stories that are alluded to, but you could still enjoy the prick of conscience and join Lori in her new resolution to follow the Savior's example to love one another.
Kailey (BooksforMKs)
Dec 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I adore these Aunt Dimity books! My heart gets all cozy and warm when I read one, despite by brain telling me that they aren't THAT great, just silly little fluff reads with mediocre writing and plot. I can't help it! Lori's world draws me in, and I love every character in the village of Finch. This one was especially sweet, b/c it is set at Christmas time.
May 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
It was a fun read and very light. I will definitely be reading another book by the author. The story was a bit far-fetched but light-hearted and a great holiday story. And I love Holiday stories. And the characters were very comfortable. I loved it.
Nola Arganbright
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
A wonderful Christmas story that gave me the same type joy of spirit as -It's a Wonderful Life and such stories of the special season. I have read many of the Aunt Dimity series but think this must be my favorite.
Mar 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
Meh. Not nearly as good as the first one. I'm hoping that future books by this author will come back to standard.
Cathy G
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lori Shepard wants to spend an old Fashioned Christmas at home with her family and friends. After her Mom died, her father let the christmas celebration go by the wayside. Lori wants to revive the traditions from her childhood now that she has twin boys of her own. Par for the course it was not ment to be. Lori and her husband find a tramp under their lilac bush the morning after a snowstorm. He is just barley alive. Why has he come to Lori's cottage, who is he? Lori puts all thoughts of Christ ...more
Jan 11, 2018 rated it liked it
My problem is I really don't like Lori, who is the primary character, but I love the village and villagers. In this book Lori seemed even more self-involved and whiny than usual, although near the end of the book the reason for it becomes clear. Part of the problem with this story was that although I can believe in Dimity's ghost and magical stuffed creatures it somehow was beyond me to believe that Kit could mesmerize people with one look.
A bigger problem was that repeatedly various characters
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read this book out of order - the character introduced in it also appeared in Aunt Dimity: Detective, which I read previously. While Lori is in a mad frenzy of preparing for the Christmas to end all Christmases, a strange tramp collapses in the snow outside her cottage. With the help of her husband and father-in-law (who is visiting them), she gets him inside and he is flown off to the hospital. When she informs Aunt Dimity of the happenings, Dimity insists that she must find out who he is. He ...more
Jan 29, 2018 rated it liked it

This was not my favorite book in this series, and not just because I am predisposed to dislike books involving Christmas. This one centers on a mysterious homeless man, and Lori and a bunch of new characters (including a North Carolinian bookseller with a very preposterous dialect) are trying to figure out who he is and whether or not he's insane. Lori acts really weirdly in this one though (she is obsessed with two different dudes who are not her husband)
Karen A. Wyle
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
A short, satisfying read for fans of the series, and a conceivable (though not ideal) entry point for those who for some reason don't want to start at the beginning. Both we and main character Lori get some reminders of her personal history and of what Christmas should be about (for believers and others). There are plenty of entertaining moments with the residents of the village of Finch, as well as an update on Lori's family life. Lori's quirks (e.g. her eye for attractive men other than her hu ...more
Bernadette Durbin
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite of the series, because it not only has an engaging mystery, it manages to underscore one of the true themes of Christmas, which is to give actual aid to those in need. Not what you want to give, and not what you think they should want, but what they need. As Father Julian says, you help them not because they are human, but because you are.
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