“If you were to stroll down the candy-cane façade of a suburban housing estate early on Christmas morning, you couldn’t help but observe how the houses in all their tinselled glory are akin to the wrapped parcels that lie beneath the Christmas trees within. For each holds their secrets inside…”
This was a good book to read just before Christmas. In essence it’s about giving and receiving gifts: material or otherwise. The novel opens on Christmas Day itself; then, in a story within a story, we flash back to the week leading up to Christmas.
If you are a Christmassy person, you should love all the festive references jumping out from the pages. There’s a lovely scene where a Christmas market and its accompanying ice-rink, Santa’s Grotto and fairground are described in all their glorious, colourful detail, rendering a wide-eyed five-year-old speechless.
Unfortunately, for me at least, the book also brought to life the stress and anxiety which the run-up to Christmas can bring More