Christmas on the Coast

Christmas on the Coast Can the secrets of the past be forgiven this Christmas Christmas is approaching on the island of Jersey but Libby is feeling far from festive Her police work and duties as vicar s wife weigh heavily

  • Title: Christmas on the Coast
  • Author: Rebecca Boxall
  • ISBN: 1542047005
  • Page: 176
  • Format: Paperback
  • Can the secrets of the past be forgiven this Christmas Christmas is approaching on the island of Jersey, but Libby is feeling far from festive Her police work and duties as vicar s wife weigh heavily on her, she s anxious about her troubled children, and now her best friend, Stella, has suddenly turned against her, citing a mysterious family grudge.Libby is devastated by Can the secrets of the past be forgiven this Christmas Christmas is approaching on the island of Jersey, but Libby is feeling far from festive Her police work and duties as vicar s wife weigh heavily on her, she s anxious about her troubled children, and now her best friend, Stella, has suddenly turned against her, citing a mysterious family grudge.Libby is devastated by Stella s unexpected coldness But then her father shows her a diary written by her great aunt Queenie, which sheds light on a long hidden secret one rooted in love, loyalty and betrayal Writing during the Nazi occupation of Jersey in the winter of 1941, Queenie reveals a community torn apart by illicit romance, heartbreak and revenge and by dark acts of fear and desperation.The Libby immerses herself in Queenie s journal, the she understands why its secrets still haunt her family and Stella s Christmas is a time of forgiveness, but is the treachery of their shared past too shameful to be forgotten Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, 222 pages Published November 21st 2017 by Lake Union Publishing More Details ISBN 1542047005 ISBN13 9781542047005 Other Editions 5 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Christmas on the Coast, please sign up

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too heavy, when the cover of this gem caught my eye I quickly learned, however, that while the story takes place in December, it is far from a cute little holiday tale The story is told from two perspective one set in present day Jersey, Chanel Islands and told by Libby, a Vicar s wife, who is frantically preparing for the holidays, her daughter s wedding, keeping up with her own work and two very needy sons The alternating half is told through a family journal written during the Nazi Occupation of Jersey in 1941 I, of course, must be the only person in the world that did not know that the Chanel Islands were occupied during the war While the journal is fiction, it is based upon a found diary from Jersey The author has done extensive research and has included a Bibliography for further reading This section of the book is utterly fascinating In the present, Libby is in turmoil with her family who is far too needy and with her dearest friend, who suddenly is no longer speaking to her based on a family grudge about which neither woman previously knew existed The stress and anger threatens to ruin the holidays for everyone However, after reading the journal, learning the truth, comparing lives in the present with those during the occupation, everyone realizes that forgiveness and peace are far important than decor and feuds The history in this book is phenomenal but not overpowering The war theme is present and realistic without being so dark that you will not read it The message itself is one of hope and peace which is ideal for the season and for the world today If you only read one holiday book this season, I wholly recommend this one Thanks so much to Netgalley, Rebecca Boxall and Lake Union Publishing for my copy of this holiday treasure flag 58 likesLike see review View all 24 comments Dec 08, 2017 Phrynne rated it liked it Shelves 4000 books This was an okay holiday read Surprisingly the chapters from the time of the German occupation of Jersey were less interesting than the ones set in the current day The nitty gritty of family life was worth reading although I wanted to take Libby and shake her hard when she let everyone in the world walk all over her Are there really people like that out there You would think survival of the fittest would have weaned them out by now.There was one really exciting moment when Libby told them al This was an okay holiday read Surprisingly the chapters from the time of the German occupation of Jersey were less interesting than the ones set in the current day The nitty gritty of family life was worth reading although I wanted to take Libby and shake her hard when she let everyone in the world walk all over her Are there really people like that out there You would think survival of the fittest would have weaned them out by now.There was one really exciting moment when Libby told them all where to go.but then she changed her mind Oh well It was a pleasant enough read although probably not memorable flag 41 likesLike see review View 2 comments Dec 05, 2017 Cyndi rated it liked it A pretty good Christmas book I probably would have enjoyed it better had I not read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society But, my one sticking problem in the story was the best friend who suddenly dumps her lifelong friend because of something that happened years before she was born Other than those speed bumps I liked the Christmas celebrations and sweet traditions flag 23 likesLike see review Nov 24, 2017 Lee rated it it was ok Shelves christmas setting, english, net galley, war, historical Two Christmas stories are told in alternate chapters in this novel Both are set in Jersey, one in 2016 and the other in 1942 I have a real fascination of the Channel Islands and their German occupation in WW2 Therefore, I thought this book had real promise It turned out to be an unfulfilled promise.The present day story stars Libby, who s disgruntled with her job, her family and then her best friend when she suddenly turns on her Pretty much all this conflict made me want to scream Neither Two Christmas stories are told in alternate chapters in this novel Both are set in Jersey, one in 2016 and the other in 1942 I have a real fascination of the Channel Islands and their German occupation in WW2 Therefore, I thought this book had real promise It turned out to be an unfulfilled promise.The present day story stars Libby, who s disgruntled with her job, her family and then her best friend when she suddenly turns on her Pretty much all this conflict made me want to scream Neither Libby, any of her immediate family, or Stella the best friend was likeable Her hubby was weak The kids were spoilt attention seekers Stella was obviously a completely nutcase going through menopause And Libby was self absorbed and immature The historical chapters, written in the form of Libby s great aunt s diary, fall just as flat unfortunately The characters here are just as whiny as the present day ones in fact There s a lot of plot in the 1942 chapters Girls fall in and out of love with their German captors, Jews and Russians hide, people get sick, and one even gets murdered I hate to say it but Boxall just didn t write a story based on these plots, however She just wrote they happened and expected that to be enough There s no tension, no build up of events, and little to no characterisation everyone sounds the same The murder, in particular, should have been a climactic scene that made us fret for the characters fate, but instead it s oh, there s a body And the killer s reveal is just ridiculous Not their identity but the way they re revealed There was no show and tell just all tell in a terrible info dump It s a short book, which is the only reason I kept reading to the end 2 out of 5 is generous I d highly recommend picking up a copy of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society instead flag 8 likesLike see review Oct 31, 2017 Antoinette rated it really liked it Shelves christmas books This was a wonderful Christmas book with a twist Not only does it take place in current day leading up to the big day, but also in 1941, during the German occupation of Jersey, in the Channel Islands.In current day, we meet Libby, a busy police worker, vicar s wife and mother of 3 older children all who are contributing to her worries Her best friend, Stella, has fallen out with her, based on an incident that took place in 1941.In 1941, we meet Queenie who is keeping a journal of all that is This was a wonderful Christmas book with a twist Not only does it take place in current day leading up to the big day, but also in 1941, during the German occupation of Jersey, in the Channel Islands.In current day, we meet Libby, a busy police worker, vicar s wife and mother of 3 older children all who are contributing to her worries Her best friend, Stella, has fallen out with her, based on an incident that took place in 1941.In 1941, we meet Queenie who is keeping a journal of all that is occurring during the German occupation.Of course, the two stories come together as we learn the truth of what actually occurred.I liked the way the author highlighted the stress of getting ready for Christmas The present day story definitely resonated with me I felt Libby s anxiety At one point Libby has a meltdown and shouts to her family If you want Christmas this year, then you lot organize it, because I quit Ultimately, this book is about the love and magic of Christmas and the importance of family and friends A lovely Christmas read Thanks to Netgalley, Lake Union Publishers and the author, Rebecca Boxall for allowing me to read and review this book flag 8 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Oct 16, 2017 Joan added it Shelves abandoned She ran the taps, pouring in her favourite bath salts, then undressed and plunged herself into the tub Arrrgh she yelled, jumping straight back out again The bathwater was freezing cold.FFS No one EVER gets into a bath without putting their hand in first to check the temperature Unless they are total morons And as for plunging I think that s a physical impossibility You step into a bath She would have got one foot wet It s this sort of stupid writing that makes me dnf a book flag 5 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Dec 03, 2017 Elizabeth rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves holiday, historical fiction, kindle, netgalley This is a wonderful Christmas story combining present and past It contains love and joy and is a perfect novel for this time of year Thank you toNetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this book flag 3 likesLike see review Nov 19, 2017 Suze Lavender rated it it was amazing Libby normally loves Christmas, but she can t get into the holiday spirit She loves Jersey and this time of year is usually magical for her, but due to problems with her children, her vicar husband who is too busy to be there for his wife and a heavy task load at work Libby isn t feeling it Normally she can always count on her best friend Stella to cheer her up, but all of a sudden Stella is angry with Libby because of something that happened between their relatives in the past What is it tha Libby normally loves Christmas, but she can t get into the holiday spirit She loves Jersey and this time of year is usually magical for her, but due to problems with her children, her vicar husband who is too busy to be there for his wife and a heavy task load at work Libby isn t feeling it Normally she can always count on her best friend Stella to cheer her up, but all of a sudden Stella is angry with Libby because of something that happened between their relatives in the past What is it that made her so mad and can Libby fix this rift between them Libby s father gives his daughter Queenie s diary Queenie is Libby s great aunt She wrote about life on Jersey during the Second World War, exact the time before Christmas in 1941, a crucial period in her life and the lives of many others on the island While Jersey is occupied by the Germans the inhabitants keep plenty of secrets There are hidden refugees, forbidden love affairs and even murder Will Libby find the information she needs to be able to make things right with Stella In 1941 having a good Christmas was a lot harder than it is now and people were still trying to make the best of it Will Libby be able to have a nice family Christmas after all knowing things could have been a lot worse Christmas on the Coast is a beautiful story set in both the past and the present Rebecca Boxall writes about Jersey in a wonderful passionate way and it was easy for me to picture the island and its inhabitants Libby is a peacekeeper She avoids conflict, wants everybody to get along and will do anything to make people happy That s wearing her out, especially when she needs someone for a change and nobody s there She needs to learn how to stand up for herself and that s an excellent basis for a book Rebecca Boxall combines this great topic with an impressive World War II story Queenie is a brave girl She isn t afraid to take a risk, she does what she can to help others and she tries to have fun even in the most difficult times I admired her spirit and loved reading her impressive story I equally loved the two main characters of Christmas on the Coast and found myself eager to find out about them.Rebecca Boxall has written a fantastic holiday story It was interesting to read about the differences between Christmas during Word War II and now and even though the circumstances couldn t be compared with each other one thing remains the same, Christmas is about spending time with loved ones, which is a wonderful message I loved the magical atmosphere of the holiday combined with intrigues and secrets It s a fabulous mix of topics and I really enjoyed reading this captivating story I highly recommend Christmas on the Coast flag 3 likesLike see review Nov 12, 2017 Kristine rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley, 4 star rating Original review can be found at I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley Thank you I originally picked this book up with the thought of reading a festive Christmas story but soon found out that it was anything but Yes, it took place over the holiday season and there was an underlying message of hope, love and forgiveness that is often found in a holiday book but this was so much It was so much in a very pleasant way Original review can be found at I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley Thank you I originally picked this book up with the thought of reading a festive Christmas story but soon found out that it was anything but Yes, it took place over the holiday season and there was an underlying message of hope, love and forgiveness that is often found in a holiday book but this was so much It was so much in a very pleasant way.This story took place in the present with Libby and her family and in 1941 during the Nazi occupation of Jersey with Queenie s journal In the present, Libby was struggling to juggle her work, family and social life when she had an unexpected falling out with her best friend over a family feud that she knew nothing about Queenie s journal held the key to finding the answers to the questions she had.As with any story that weaves between past and present, I found myself drawn to the story of the past Although this was a work of fiction, quite a bit of research went into it and I found the story surrounding the Nazi occupation of Jersey fascinating I have a thirst for knowledge when it comes to anything regarding both world wars and this book gave me a small glimpse that will have me researching for some time to come Although the subject matter was heavy the writing was not The journal was easy to read and understand and had a true likeness to the writing of a young lady I found myself enjoying it tremendously.I must admit that I struggled slightly with Libby and the present day story Her family was brutal and I found myself really disliking them Even as the story progressed and things changed for the better come Christmas, I found it was too little too late They were just too obnoxious, selfish and spoiled to be redeemed within the pages of this book Also, the issues surrounding her eldest son were too serious and concerning to be wrapped up as neatly as they were I found myself rushing through the pages in order to get back to the journal and Queenie s story.All in all, this was an easy and enjoyable book to read The past story than made up for what I felt was a much weaker present story I enjoyed learning about the setting and felt that it was as much a character as the people in the book Christmas on the Coast turned out to be a lot , in a good way, than I was expecting out of a Christmas story I am really glad that I had the opportunity to read it flag 2 likesLike see review Oct 28, 2017 Krista rated it really liked it Shelves 2017 books read, fiction, historical fiction eu, alternating timelines, military war wwii, mystery, setting eu, setting eu england, time 1900 1949, time 2010 2019 Christmas on the Coast is a book written with alternating timelines Libby is the main protagonist She has a contemporary story set around the Christmas season Queenie s story is set during WWII We experience her story through reading the journal she kept at the time Both stories take place on Jersey, which is one of the small islands that make up the Channel Islands in the English Channel It was occupied by the Germans during a good portion of WWII Rebecca Boxall s WWII story included a m Christmas on the Coast is a book written with alternating timelines Libby is the main protagonist She has a contemporary story set around the Christmas season Queenie s story is set during WWII We experience her story through reading the journal she kept at the time Both stories take place on Jersey, which is one of the small islands that make up the Channel Islands in the English Channel It was occupied by the Germans during a good portion of WWII Rebecca Boxall s WWII story included a murder mystery and some really interesting historical fiction I found myself less enthralled by her contemporary story Libby her full name is Liberty used to be a police officer She now works at a legal firm She s married to the local vicar, and has managed to raise three very self centered children She is the doormat to all of them, including her boss, and she struggles to be all things to all people while losing herself to a large extent.Queenie s story takes place in the early 1940 s and is filled with interesting historical tidbits and ongoing tension in the storyline regarding how the population chooses to interact with the German occupying forces How the islanders act and react have long term consequences for many of the islanders I found myself speed reading through Libby s sections to get back to Queenie Maybe I don t have enough in common with Libby, or I just got fed up with her being such a people pleaser For whatever reason, I didn t enjoy Libby as much as Queenie Other readers may identify with Libby than I do, so they might experience her with compassion than I was able to manage There is personal growth in both stories however By the end of the book, the alternating stories were nicely aligned The long term outcome of the choices made in the 1940 s was fully explained.I m giving this book 3.5 stars, rounding up to 4 stars Queenie s story gets 4 stars in my estimation, while Libby s story is in the low 3 star range I DID like the Christmas holiday scenes in both timelines especially a walk to the Canterbury Cathedral that Libby took with her father on a snowy night It did put me in a holiday frame of mind If you re looking for a book with alternating storylines that has a nice holiday touch but is not so heavy on the sickly sweet romances that seem to populate the Holiday book sub genre now, this could be just the book for you Thank you to Lake Union Publishing, Rebecca Boxall, and NetGalley for providing me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 09, 2018 MRS CHRISTINE SITTON rated it it was amazing review of another edition FascinatingLoved the way the story slipped between the war years with the journal and the present Sad at times but so interesting Loved the ending A real feel good for Christmas Know the journal was fiction but having been to Jersey and read about the occupation it rang true flag 2 likesLike see review Oct 19, 2017 Peggy rated it it was amazing Family, friends, love and duty all combine to bring a wonderful story Christmas is the vehicle but the story is so much I loved it flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 02, 2017 Elisabeth rated it it was amazing The book opens in 2016, with Libby struggling to juggle life as a vicar s wife, raising 3 demanding children, her own career and Christmas Libby and Stella have been friends for 43 years since childhood However, suddenly without warning Stella stops talking to Libby Can Libby work out why her best friend is giving her the cold shoulder all of a sudden Christmas on the Coast is not your average Christmas novel of Turkey, Tinsel and Tantrums but a thought provoking novel of hardship, friends The book opens in 2016, with Libby struggling to juggle life as a vicar s wife, raising 3 demanding children, her own career and Christmas Libby and Stella have been friends for 43 years since childhood However, suddenly without warning Stella stops talking to Libby Can Libby work out why her best friend is giving her the cold shoulder all of a sudden Christmas on the Coast is not your average Christmas novel of Turkey, Tinsel and Tantrums but a thought provoking novel of hardship, friendship and betrayal.An excellent read which will certainly make you think this Christmas about how Christmas is not always a tale of good tidings and joy flag 2 likesLike see review View 2 comments Oct 19, 2017 Mrs M C rated it really liked it Having read Rebecca s other two novels I was keen to read this one I was not disappointed and found it to be a most enjoyable read My mother is from Jersey and Rebecca does a brilliant job describing the island Loved the characters a brilliant read Can t wait for from Rebecca flag 2 likesLike see review View 2 comments Oct 19, 2017 Karen Whittard rated it really liked it I really enjoyed this Christmas read Which was a little different from the norm It is set in two time zones The war and then in 2016 I love books that are split between time zones as I feel that it makes them intriguing The other thing that is a little different about this book is the fact that Libby is not only a police officer but also a vicars wife Which makes the book feel even Christmassy as they get ready for the true meaning of the festive season I also love books that ha I really enjoyed this Christmas read Which was a little different from the norm It is set in two time zones The war and then in 2016 I love books that are split between time zones as I feel that it makes them intriguing The other thing that is a little different about this book is the fact that Libby is not only a police officer but also a vicars wife Which makes the book feel even Christmassy as they get ready for the true meaning of the festive season I also love books that have lots of layers to them This book has diary entries as well as normal writing which I loved It is filled with secrets, arguments, love, loyalty, heartbreak, romance, revenge, forgiveness and Christmas What could you possibly want in a book Wonderfully written With great characters This book should be on everyone s to read list This Christmas flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 19, 2017 Debbie Kerch rated it it was amazing Christmas on the Coast by Rebecca Boxall is the delightful holiday read sure to bring a smile to your face and warmth to your heart.Libby is feeling a little frazzled these days With the holidays approaching her duties as a Vicar s wife and a financial crime investigator is leaving her with little time for anything else Add the pressure of three grown children who constantly need mum and dad to solve their problems and Libby is about to burst Her one bright spot is her BFF Stella Since child Christmas on the Coast by Rebecca Boxall is the delightful holiday read sure to bring a smile to your face and warmth to your heart.Libby is feeling a little frazzled these days With the holidays approaching her duties as a Vicar s wife and a financial crime investigator is leaving her with little time for anything else Add the pressure of three grown children who constantly need mum and dad to solve their problems and Libby is about to burst Her one bright spot is her BFF Stella Since childhood the two have shared everything including their friendship anniversary every year But when Stella gets a startling phone call concerning the health of her mother, a secret is revealed upon her deathbed that changes everything for these two women Stella, now refuses to talk with Libby, leaving her best friend bereft and confused How will the two ever solve their divide if Stella refuses to talk When a minor accident leaves Libby s mother with a sprained wrist, Libby decides to travel to Canterbury to spend time with her parents As the days go by, Libby realizes this visit is what she needed to put everything in perspective When she decides to share all her worries and concerns about her family, as well as her relationship with Stella, her father doesn t seem surprised at the news Instead he offers her a diary that her great aunt Queenie kept when the island of Jersey was under Nazi occupation during WWII This diary holds the key to the grudge that Stella s mother has held against Libby s family for many years Armed with the diary, Libby travels back to Jersey and her family where the answers she craves and the love she deserves awaits her Can Libby s family put aside their needs for once to show Libby their appreciation and help with holiday preparations Can Stella find it in her heart to let go of her mother s past and animosity toward Libby and her family You ll have to read the book to find out Personally speaking, Christmas on the Coast was not only a sweet Christmas book, but also a very clever and insightful read I had all the drama of Libby s children and their problems, while the mystery of Stella s anger left me hanging on every page hoping for a clue I especially enjoyed Queenie s character and the vivid descriptions of Jersey during the German occupation I also liked Libby and Libby s parents It was easy to see where Libby inherited her nurturing nature The author alternating chapters between Libby and Queenie was pure genius It kept me reading and turning the pages anxious to get to the next chapter I didn t want to put it down And as all good Christmas novels promise, the ending was both satisfying and delightful.For an enjoyable Christmas read to welcome in the holidays consider Christmas on the Coast by Rebecca Boxall It will sweep you away to a small channel island where you will get a taste of England s coast, holiday traditions and two families past and present Light your tree, sit back with a good cuppa tea and be prepared to be entertained.I want to thank Lake Union Publishing via NetGalley for an advanced reader copy of Christmas on the Coast by Rebecca Boxall for a fair and honest review flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 09, 2017 Jenea Whittington rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves hohohorat When I picked this book, I was thinking that it would be a Christmas themed book, but it turned out to much and in a good way Yes, it was about Christmas, but about family and the history they carry with them from generation to generation, the good and the bad I am so glad that I picked this one up, it was such a good read.Libby and Stella have been best friends since they were small children and now even as adults, they are pretty much inseparable That is until, Stella learns of th When I picked this book, I was thinking that it would be a Christmas themed book, but it turned out to much and in a good way Yes, it was about Christmas, but about family and the history they carry with them from generation to generation, the good and the bad I am so glad that I picked this one up, it was such a good read.Libby and Stella have been best friends since they were small children and now even as adults, they are pretty much inseparable That is until, Stella learns of the reason behind the tension between their families all these years from her mother and wants nothing to do with Libby A devastated Libby doesn t understand and so close to the holiday s, she goes looking for some answers from her parents The journal her father gives her could shed some light on what happened all those years ago Learning events that transpired all those years ago, and the truths behind some of the events revealed a lot to her about her own family as well as Stella s But the question was, would their friendship make it though it all The story is told from two different point of views, Libby in the present and Queenie from the past back in the 1940 s Quennie s journal entries during the when Nazi s occupation and at time were emotional to see the things they went through The horrible conditions, the hiding and they way they were treated But Queenie had this way about her, I can t explain it, she was a breath of fresh air during a time that was treacherous Libby, on the hand, well her home is one of chaos Her family is a mess and I think that she always felt that Stella was her rock And with a family full of spoiled rotten children even the adult children, I would look a strong friend too and I did feel sorry for her Libby s parents were just amazing, reminded me of my own parents with the things they did The other few characters from the past and present, were a good addition I would have liked to learn about quite a few of them too.The stories from the past and present were weaved together very well, but I did find myself being drawn to the past so than the present The history behind it all was captivating and left me wanting to know I was pleased with the way the present day part of this went though, learning everything the way we did was such a great way to put all these people s lives together and see how they all intertwined to make them in who they were today It was a emotional story of forgiveness and love and one that will stay with me for a long time image error flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 01, 2017 Kat Robson rated it really liked it review of another edition this is my first book by this author and I am usually sceptical about them if I don t know them but I was given a copy from netgalley so here I am as well as it being a new author it was a different kind of book I wasn t used to historical fiction mixed with recent fiction each chapter it changes from recent times then 1941 during the German occupation of the isle Jerseyere s jersey in 1941 set out as Queenies journal during the war and what happened with the run up to christmas there s this is my first book by this author and I am usually sceptical about them if I don t know them but I was given a copy from netgalley so here I am as well as it being a new author it was a different kind of book I wasn t used to historical fiction mixed with recent fiction each chapter it changes from recent times then 1941 during the German occupation of the isle Jerseyere s jersey in 1941 set out as Queenies journal during the war and what happened with the run up to christmas there s recent chapters of now Libby has three children who are just using her for everything she works she cooks she cleans up and does everything and No one helps her daughter Amy is giving her none stop duties then her mother has a fall so Libby goes to the mainland UK to help her parents with the run up but the family at home need her home once she starts enjoying freedom she goes home restless and none stop running around for the festive season and everyone else but before she went to England her best friends mum died and her best friend took an angry turn onto Libby over something from the past.her dad gives her Queenies journal from the war and finds out why stella is being cruel towards her or at least understand what lies have been talked about so this is all about friendship and will it survive the season after 40 years a brilliant read I couldn t put it down flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 13, 2018 Kimberly rated it it was amazing On the island of Jersey, Libby does not feel the Christmas spirit Her work with the police and her role as vicar s wife are overwhelming her Her children also feel this and now Stella, her friend, is holding a family grudge that Libby is unsure about When she reads her late great aunt Queenie s diary she discovers a secret held during the Nazi occupation of Jersey in 1941 As she continues she begins to understand why these secrets still affect her family s life and Stella s Will the Christm On the island of Jersey, Libby does not feel the Christmas spirit Her work with the police and her role as vicar s wife are overwhelming her Her children also feel this and now Stella, her friend, is holding a family grudge that Libby is unsure about When she reads her late great aunt Queenie s diary she discovers a secret held during the Nazi occupation of Jersey in 1941 As she continues she begins to understand why these secrets still affect her family s life and Stella s Will the Christmas spirit be able to help Libby, her family and Stella I became immersed in this book from the beginning I felt like I understood what Libby, her family and Stella were experiencing When I placed this book down, I wanted to pick it back up and continue I enjoyed the writing as it seemed very personable, fun, humorous, at times and gave me a glimpse into these lives I was given this book by NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing in exchange for my honest review flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 24, 2017 Sandy rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves holiday, mystery, fiction, netgalley I had a hard time with this novel This novel runs two stories side by side, one that is told by Libby in 2016 and another one which is labeled Queenie s Journal, who was Libby s great aunt, which was written in 1941 I found that I liked the journal better, although at times it didn t seem like a journal The journal answered many questions and it also revealed and validated the actions and views of the individuals she wrote about I liked the mystery and the darkness that surrounded this part I had a hard time with this novel This novel runs two stories side by side, one that is told by Libby in 2016 and another one which is labeled Queenie s Journal, who was Libby s great aunt, which was written in 1941 I found that I liked the journal better, although at times it didn t seem like a journal The journal answered many questions and it also revealed and validated the actions and views of the individuals she wrote about I liked the mystery and the darkness that surrounded this part of the novel As I listened to Libby, I couldn t believe how on edge she was Her life seemed too extreme to be actually happening Then when she served wine with omelets, I had to laugh Who does this I just didn t care much for her and I thought she made a better character when she was with someone else This novel was a good novel to put me in the Christmas spirit I received a copy of this novel from NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing in exchange for an honest review flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 19, 2017 Sally Coles rated it it was amazing Libby has a very busy life as a police officer in Jersey, vicar s wife and mother to there troublesome children and so she really doesn t need it when her best friend stops talking to her because of some old family feud that she had never heard of Then she gets to read the journal of Queenie from 1941 in occupied Jersey and starts to understand the history between the families A brilliant story the narrative alternates between Libby and Queenie and I loved both time frames but was especially f Libby has a very busy life as a police officer in Jersey, vicar s wife and mother to there troublesome children and so she really doesn t need it when her best friend stops talking to her because of some old family feud that she had never heard of Then she gets to read the journal of Queenie from 1941 in occupied Jersey and starts to understand the history between the families A brilliant story the narrative alternates between Libby and Queenie and I loved both time frames but was especially fascinated by the descriptions of 1941 Jersey, it was definitely a book that I couldn t put down and so much than the normal Christmas books Rebecca Boxall is becoming one of my favourite authors flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 14, 2017 Amanda rated it it was amazing Shelves historic, holiday With the story alternating between Queenie, a young woman living on a German occupied Jersey, in the English Channel, and Libby, a police officer, vicar s wife, and mother of three in present day Jersey, describing the similarities and differences between Christmas now and 1941 This is a fascinating read, as we learn how Queenie and Libby are connected and the challenges each woman faces This is a fast read, with themes of friendship, family, and a bit of mystery The characters were realistic With the story alternating between Queenie, a young woman living on a German occupied Jersey, in the English Channel, and Libby, a police officer, vicar s wife, and mother of three in present day Jersey, describing the similarities and differences between Christmas now and 1941 This is a fascinating read, as we learn how Queenie and Libby are connected and the challenges each woman faces This is a fast read, with themes of friendship, family, and a bit of mystery The characters were realistic and mostly likeable, and I cared about what happened to most of them The feel good ending wraps up loose ends and doesn t leave you wondering what happened with the characters from 1941 I ll definitely be reading by Rebecca Boxall flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 21, 2017 Rhyllis Bignell rated it it was amazing review of another edition Past and present Jersey memoriesExcellent warm family story slipping between the hectic rush of Christmas preparations with the German rule of Jersey in WWII Food, friendships, festivities, the dramas of Liberty s childre, her vicar husband and falling out with her best friend all realistically portrayed As a perfect countrrfoil we read the diary of a farm girl and her family caught up in wartime rationing, hiding people in attics and dangerous encounters with the enemy I thoroughly enjoyed t Past and present Jersey memoriesExcellent warm family story slipping between the hectic rush of Christmas preparations with the German rule of Jersey in WWII Food, friendships, festivities, the dramas of Liberty s childre, her vicar husband and falling out with her best friend all realistically portrayed As a perfect countrrfoil we read the diary of a farm girl and her family caught up in wartime rationing, hiding people in attics and dangerous encounters with the enemy I thoroughly enjoyed the story, Rebecca Boxall s well researched festive tale is perfect to read in this festive season flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 12, 2017 Kathleen Gray rated it it was amazing Stella s sudden grudge really seriously is the impetus for Libbie to explore the history of Jersey during WWII a situation most will not be familiar with Libbie is a strong woman with a lot on her plate she s in law enforcement, married to a vicar, and dealing with a lot of family issues those sons The last thing she needs is Stella being a snot This is very well done historical fiction Boxall uses Libbie s present day exploration of a 1941 diary to tell the story of the occupation Stella s sudden grudge really seriously is the impetus for Libbie to explore the history of Jersey during WWII a situation most will not be familiar with Libbie is a strong woman with a lot on her plate she s in law enforcement, married to a vicar, and dealing with a lot of family issues those sons The last thing she needs is Stella being a snot This is very well done historical fiction Boxall uses Libbie s present day exploration of a 1941 diary to tell the story of the occupation of the Chanel Islands by the Nazis Nicely written and well researched, this is than a Christmas story, although it s quite in the spirit in the season Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 16, 2018 Jane Watson rated it liked it Nice easy to read book this one I like to read Christmas books at this time of year It s set on Jersey with the two main characters falling out on a somewhat thin premise to tell you the truth, but itv works well enough and all the characters are well written and the story moves along well We were meant to read a Mills and Boon for my Christmas book group but I didn t have time to get one so this one will have to do instead, not that it s as cheesy as some of the Mills and Boons flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 17, 2017 Rae McCool rated it it was amazing review of another edition A Good ReadI couldn t put my Kindle down and was thoroughly wrapped up in the story I particularly liked the way it moved gets the war and 2016 Sometimes this care feel very awkward but here it was seamless All in all, a thoroughly good read flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 26, 2017 Isabel Turner rated it it was amazing review of another edition WartimeI have to say I really enjoyed this book It isn t the sort of thing I read but was pleasantly surprised and couldn t put it downch a fantastic storyline thankyou flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 03, 2018 Fionna Cairney rated it it was amazing Beautiful Christmas story flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 26, 2019 V Brewster rated it it was amazing review of another edition Page turner I just had to keep reading loved the characters and the story would highly recommend this great book a good read flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 09, 2017 helen archer rated it it was amazing review of another edition Wonderful, couldn t put it down, thoroughly enjoyed this thoughtful story flag 1 likeLike see review View 1 comment previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed Rebecca s first three books all made it to bestseller statu 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 cats She read English at the University of Warwick before training as a lawyer and also studied Creative Writing with The Writer s Bureau Rebecca s first three books all made it to bestseller status and her latest release The Christmas Forest is a festive novella sure to appeal to fans of her previous books For information please like Rebecca s Facebook page facebook christmasatthevicarage or go to her website rebeccaboxall I was inspired to write by Rosamunde Pilcher, my favourite writer, whose books I ve re read a million times There s something so gentle and soothing about her books and I wanted to try to pen something similarly feel good, but with drama too They always say write about what you know and so I decided to focus on Vicarage life as I grew up in a village parish as the daughter of an eccentric vicar When my dad was diagnosed with terminal cancer it was the final push I needed to write a book based on life at a Vicarage, with a character inspired by him the vicar He read the book in draft but sadly died before it was published I hope you enjoy the book If you do, I d be massively grateful if you d consider leaving a review Thank you Books by Rebecca Boxall More Trivia About Christmas on the No trivia or quizzes yet Add some now Quotes from Christmas on the fact she d just put on a bit of weight Stella had been absolutely incensed and ended up making the woman stand up in the middle of the canteen to admit she d made the 0 likes More quotes renderRatingGraph 869, 791, 466, 108, 42 if rating_details rating_detailssert top rating_graph Company About us Careers Terms Privacy Help Work with us Authors Advertise Authors ads blog API Connect 2019 , Inc Mobile version

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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 cats She read English at the University of Warwick before training as a lawyer and also studied Creative Writing with The Writer s Bureau Rebecca s first three books all made it to bestseller statu 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 cats She read English at the University of Warwick before training as a lawyer and also studied Creative Writing with The Writer s Bureau Rebecca s first three books all made it to bestseller status and her latest release The Christmas Forest is a festive novella sure to appeal to fans of her previous books For information please like Rebecca s Facebook page facebook christmasatthevicarage or go to her website rebeccaboxall I was inspired to write by Rosamunde Pilcher, my favourite writer, whose books I ve re read a million times There s something so gentle and soothing about her books and I wanted to try to pen something similarly feel good, but with drama too They always say write about what you know and so I decided to focus on Vicarage life as I grew up in a village parish as the daughter of an eccentric vicar When my dad was diagnosed with terminal cancer it was the final push I needed to write a book based on life at a Vicarage, with a character inspired by him the vicar He read the book in draft but sadly died before it was published I hope you enjoy the book If you do, I d be massively grateful if you d consider leaving a review Thank you

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    1. 4.5 starsThere are times when I think books choose me to read them rather than the other way around Christmas on the Coast, by Rebecca Boxall, is exactly one such book I was looking for a simple holiday read, nothing too heavy, when the cover of this gem caught my eye I quickly learned, however, that while the story takes place in December, it is far from a cute little holiday tale The story is told from two perspective one set in present day Jersey, Chanel Islands and told by Libby, a Vica 4.5 [...]


    2. This was an okay holiday read Surprisingly the chapters from the time of the German occupation of Jersey were less interesting than the ones set in the current day The nitty gritty of family life was worth reading although I wanted to take Libby and shake her hard when she let everyone in the world walk all over her Are there really people like that out there You would think survival of the fittest would have weaned them out by now.There was one really exciting moment when Libby told them al Thi [...]


    3. A pretty good Christmas book I probably would have enjoyed it better had I not read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society But, my one sticking problem in the story was the best friend who suddenly dumps her lifelong friend because of something that happened years before she was born Other than those speed bumps I liked the Christmas celebrations and sweet traditions.


    4. Two Christmas stories are told in alternate chapters in this novel Both are set in Jersey, one in 2016 and the other in 1942 I have a real fascination of the Channel Islands and their German occupation in WW2 Therefore, I thought this book had real promise It turned out to be an unfulfilled promise.The present day story stars Libby, who s disgruntled with her job, her family and then her best friend when she suddenly turns on her Pretty much all this conflict made me want to scream Neither Two C [...]


    5. This was a wonderful Christmas book with a twist Not only does it take place in current day leading up to the big day, but also in 1941, during the German occupation of Jersey, in the Channel Islands.In current day, we meet Libby, a busy police worker, vicar s wife and mother of 3 older children all who are contributing to her worries Her best friend, Stella, has fallen out with her, based on an incident that took place in 1941.In 1941, we meet Queenie who is keeping a journal of all that is Thi [...]


    6. She ran the taps, pouring in her favourite bath salts, then undressed and plunged herself into the tub Arrrgh she yelled, jumping straight back out again The bathwater was freezing cold.FFS No one EVER gets into a bath without putting their hand in first to check the temperature Unless they are total morons And as for plunging I think that s a physical impossibility You step into a bath She would have got one foot wet It s this sort of stupid writing that makes me dnf a book.


    7. This is a wonderful Christmas story combining present and past It contains love and joy and is a perfect novel for this time of year Thank you toNetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this book.


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