A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS by Julia Williams
Genre: Women's Fiction
Publication Date: October 25th, 2012
It was a slow read, yet a joyful and worthy one. It took me a week to peruse the book, but I can assure you that I loved every moment of it. This is indubitably an amazing story, not really festive, though; and it didn't matter at all, for the story had managed to tick all the right boxes in other respects.
A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS by Julia Williams is a poignant story of family, friendship and love. It tells the story of three adult moms, who are striving to hit a balance between their momlife, marriage and career. Each of them had already a lot on their plates, they were trying to cope with the troubles, but the matters only got worsened each time than they expected. Pippa's attention is divided between her daughter, who needs special care, and her husband, who has met with an unfortunate accident. Tinsall is struggling with her ill mom and teen daughter, wherein at Marianne's home, troubles are being stirred up by husband's ex.
It's just an outline of the story. The story starts off just after a Christmas and it continues till the next one. This book is an elaborate account of three mothers' day-to-day life. As you can imagine, their life definitely wasn't rosy. Even though they all had their shares of happiness, it was all overshadowed by the small and big worries largely. The slow-paced writing might appeal tedious, however, it got me really invested in the story instead. I reckon, knowing people having a real hard time in real life is what compelled me to read it. I could very well fathom the characters, the situations they were in and it helped to make this reading a memorable one.
Julia has nicely captured different shades and sides of a woman in this book. She is seen as a daughter, wife, mother, friend, cousin, sister and a worker. We see them smiling, happy, sad, fretting, crying, enjoying, having fun, shattered, beaten and even defeated. There is so much going on in their life, but I can't mention them here, as it would be like it writing spoilers. This book has a very realistic, unpredictable and a hopeful ending. Julia finishes this sad and affectionate story in a cheerful way; which is really commendable.
There was also a character who seemed to play the role of an angel, he pops up whenever the main characters are shaken and offer helpful and encouraging thoughts. Albeit it was a minor character, I really liked the idea.
I would encourage all of you to read this book; however, I assume that not everyone would be able to enjoy it well. So, I recommend it if you are a mom or wife, who is having a bad time. This story will tell you that whatever trouble you're going through lasts only for a while and then it will be gone. The characters will encourage you to be optimistic; they will also teach you that not everything can be mended and you got to be patient. They will remind you that you need to either move on in life or try to embrace the changes.
I loved this book and can't wait to read an another book by Julia Williams now.