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Christmas Carol: A romcom novella by [Gorman, Michele]
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One winter wedding, two happy couples, three ex-boyfriends. And a very uncomfortable weekend.

From the Sunday Times and USA Today bestselling author whose writing is "so engaging and witty, yet insightful and empathetic." Sophie Kinsella, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

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Carol hates Christmas. Being recently dumped, she’s not crazy about weddings either. So her sister Marley’s nuptials, over the Christmas weekend, are making her positively Scrooge-like. When she arrives for the weekend at the stately home in rural Scotland to find her three ex-boyfriends in attendance, Carol has no choice but to face her ghosts to discover what really happened in those relationships, learning a lot about herself in the process. As the snow falls outside and the fire crackles in the hearth, might one of the wedding guests become the harbinger of Christmases to come?

This is a novella of approximately 100 pages in paperback and is the sequel to the novel Perfect Girl

Praise for Michele Gorman and Christmas Carol

"A fun, sassy writer who always makes me smile." Carole Matthews, Sunday Times Top 10 Bestseller
"An undeniable sense of fun on every page." Nick Spalding, author of Love... From Both Sides"Funny, warm and always entertaining, reading a Michele Gorman novel is like spending time with a favourite friend." Chrissie Manby, Sunday Times Best-Selling Author
"Gorman's writing is warm, witty, and wonderful." Matt Dunn, author of A Day At The Office
"Short and sweet!" Chick Lit Plus

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 596 KB
  • Print Length: 106 pages
  • Publisher: Notting Hill Press (Dec 1 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F88LW8I
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By fredamans TOP 500 REVIEWER on Oct. 22 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Other than a couple of moments where I felt the scene changed kind of fast, this is a cute story filled with tons of holiday spirit and romance. I've not spent a lot of Christmas's single, the ones I did I was too young to speak of. So the feeling of wishing for a companion, I have no idea how lonely that would feel I can only imagine and empathize.
Romance fans will love this holiday romance. It will either put you in the mood or give you cheer. Hope for both though.
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HASH(0xa3e717ec) out of 5 stars An enjoyably and thoroughly British romantic novella Oct. 22 2013
By Sheila Deeth - Published on
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Told in the convincingly colloquial English voice of recently-dumped Carol, Michel's Gorman's Christmas novella is a tale of romance, real life, honest miscommunication, perfectionism, weather and hope. Loving sister Marley celebrates her wedding weekend in the snows of Scotland, among the joys of Christmas, while scrooge-like Carol faces down the ghosts of boyfriends past. Except those boyfriends turn out to be very much present, and Carol's rejected love for them still hurts.

As Carol sees past breakups through new eyes, her cynicism cracks like ice on the pond, and she ploughs a new path toward the future. Perhaps she didn't need to seem perfect to be lovable. And perhaps she didn't need to seek perfection in others. Perhaps it's okay to crack a smile, or shed a tear, or even just ask "Why?" And love is bigger and wider than she'd dreamed.

The lesson's enjoyable and wise. The voice is pleasingly authentic and pulls the reader in. And the fable is nicely new, while anchored in the old. A fun romantic novella, perfect for the Christmas season.

Disclosure: I was given a free ecopy during the author's blog tour and I offer my honest review.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3e71840) out of 5 stars So close to 5 Oct. 7 2013
By Book Mouse - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I was given a copy of this book to review. And I have to say I am really glad I was. It is an enjoyable read that will take you away to an enchanting castle in Scotland for a visit with an entertaining and engaging family. I would love to have been a guest at this wedding. I had my doubts about Carol in the beginning of the book. I was also a little leery about her sister being named Marley. I have to confess, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is one of my least favorite stories. But I needn't have worried. Michele Gorman handled the spirit of the story in her own style, rendering it much more readable and infinitely more enjoyable. So why didn't I give this 5 stars? I would have but I really wanted to spend more time with the characters. It could have been another hundred or so pages long as far as I am concerned. Great job Michele!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3e71c78) out of 5 stars Letting Your Inner Scrooge Go Sept. 28 2013
By Sherri_Hunter - Published on
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This book was provided by the publisher in return for an honest review. I am not a fan of Christmas myself, so my inner Scrooge really could relate to this story. I loved this story. To begin with, the wedding is in Scotland, my favorite place in the whole world. Send me to Scotland at Christmas time and my Scroogeness will melt away. However, our heroine does not share that feeling with me. Carol has to attend her sister's wedding after a recent breakup where she will have to spend a weekend stuck in a house with no 3G and her exes in attendance. Bah Humbug...

In addition to the ex-boyfriends, Carol also has to spend time with many extended family members that she seems to have no affection or tolerance for. Throughout the weekend, Carol finds herself trying to find out why her relationships with these men didn't work. Somehow, in her mind, Carol has equated happiness with perfection. She has strived to make her life perfect believing that she will be happy, but it never works out. Carol has closed off her feelings, believing if she has feelings, she can be hurt. It's absolutely true, but she is missing out on so much of the joy life can offer.

I really admired Carol for making the effort to find out what went wrong even though it meant she would have some difficult lessons to learn about herself. Most of us couldn't be that brave. Carol realizes that shutting off her feelings kept the pain of being hurt away, but she stopped feeling everything and was unable to find true happiness. I loved the moment when Carol realizes that feeling emotions, even painful ones, doesn't kill her or make her a weak person. She also realizes that the world is still the same and that it's okay to be flawed. I truly feel this is a message all of us can relate to.

Overall, this book is a fantastic chick-lit version of Dickens' classic tale that offers a wonderful blend of humor and romance to thaw out even the most Scrooge like of hearts.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3e72048) out of 5 stars A humorous Christmas novella Oct. 12 2013
By Michelle James - Published on
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I loved CHRISTMAS CAROL, a novella, by Michele Gorman. The protagonist in this modern version of the classic story is Carol. Carol has gone through three disastrous relationships and blames the guys for the breakups. While at her sister Marley's wedding at a beautiful manor in Scotland, Carol is brought face-to-face with her three ex's. After confronting each, she learns that it actually wasn't because of their flaws that each relationship ended, but rather her perfectionist ways. Though Carol had always believed this personality trait would bring her happiness, but instead it drove those closest to her away. She even found she had a low tolerance for less than perfect family members causing her to be withdrawn from them. As Carol learns from her ex-boyfriends that she was the cause of their failed romances, she discovers that she can be happy, even if it sometimes hurts, by being more open and less exacting. She discovers that she is able to have a loving relationship with her guy and with her family members if she just lets go of being Miss Perfection.
This novella was a quick, fun read. There are ample funny moments throughout the story, and at times I found myself laughing out loud. I certainly would recommend this book not only for the story content, but also because it is a perfect length to read on a trip home during the holidays or to sneak into a busy schedule.
I was provided this novella by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3e7212c) out of 5 stars Learning and Loving during the Holidays! Dec 17 2013
By The Kindle Book Review - Published on
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Christmas Carol is a story about reflection and learning. Combine that with a winter wedding, Scottish heritage house and an obsessive workaholic and you have a recipe for total entertainment!
Carol is a disillusioned workaholic who is emotionally distant and a little jaded. At her sister’s wedding, she comes head to head with her three exes and spends the weekend looking back at her relationships and trying to figure out what went wrong.
Initially when I started reading Christmas Carol, I found it a little too ‘English’. Luckily I’ve lived in London and understand the slang and references. In addition, Carol’s constant references to being cold-hearted and her Blackberry and lack of tears can get slightly repetitive.
However, I think Michele did a great job of intertwining three very different love stories and giving them a satisfying end. Even though the story was short, it had enough substance and the characters were fun to read about.

Sheryl (The Kindle Book Review)

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