Blurb from Goodreads
A HILARIOUS and JUST-A-LITTLE HEARTBREAKING FESTIVE TREAT for anyone who’s looking for a little bit of MAGIC this CHRISTMAS TIME!
Last Christmas, when Livvy was knocked down in the supermarket car park she certainly wasn’t ready to actually be dead! For months now she’s floated on the edge of the afterlife, generally making a nuisance of herself.
And she’s not ready to go just yet! She’s furious about the new woman in her husband’s life and she’s worried about her beloved son who doesn’t seem to be adjusting to life without her at all.
This Christmas, Livvy is given one last magical chance to make everything right. Will she take it and give her family the perfect Christmas?
So the blurb on the back of this book reads “a hilarious and just-a-little heartbreaking festive treat for anyone who’s looking for a sprinkle of magic this Christmas time“
This was the exact opposite of hilarious.
I didn’t even chortle once. And the sprinkle of magic??? I was expecting some fantastical Christmassy treat but what the book turned out to be was the most dreary light fiction I have ever read with the most ridiculous plot line!
Now don’t get me wrong, I do like serious and dramatic light fiction. Rowan Coleman does that style of novel exceptionally well and is one of my preferred authors.
This however… just no.
Like I said the plot…ridiculous! Bonkers even.
The story follows Livvy who has died in an unfortunate accident one Christmas. Her spirit however is stuck in limbo as she has some unfinished business with the living world. She has left behind her a husband and a dependent son who has Aspergers.
We quickly learn that Livvy and her husband Adam had a very bad and toxic marriage and that Adam is now involved with another woman called Emily. Livvy can’t accept this and believes that it is she who should still be with Adam and resolves to break up the relationship between Adam and Emily by Christmas using all her ghostly skills.
However, this main character Livvy is a most vindictive and nasty character and it is evident to the reader that her reuniting with Adam would only destroy him and leave him a broken man.
So Livvy is clearly supposed to be on this journey to redemption… she needs to see that she was far from an ideal wife or a martyr to her marriage and child; she has to learn to let her husband now have some happiness in his life…
But instead at every step she just does something more and more nasty and/or small minded and I could not root for her and absolutely did not care one iota about what was to happen to her in the end.
I just wanted her properly dead and gone already!
For a book about spirits and the afterlife this story really had no soul.
I was left very cold by it all.
I truly was tempted to not finish this book. The lead character was too cruel and selfish for too much of the novel for me to care about any ultimate redemption come the end of the story.
- The spirit-guide was too knowing and irritating…eh he was a cat… *withering look* Also, can we not stop appropriating the belief systems of other cultures and religions already!?!?!?!!?!
- The husband and girlfriend were extremely weak-willed and their love story wasn’t developed enough
- The mother-in-law was inconsistent in her loyalties and again needed to be better developed…
There really were no strong likeable characters.
I don’t know why I forced myself to finish reading this one, maybe just so I could properly moan about it in a review. This truly wasn’t the book for me.