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Christmas for Beginners

by Carole Matthews

Books of the Month Humour (fiction) Relationship Stories Star Books

LoveReading View on Christmas for Beginners

A fabulously perfect festive read that delivers oodles of heartwarming charm. This could easily be read as a standalone novel, but I do recommend starting with Happiness for Beginners as Christmas for Beginners continues the lovely story of Molly and Hope Farm.  When I read the first few sentences: “One of the alpacas has eaten the Baby Jesus. I’m not sure which one. Frankly they all look the picture of innocence, but I know them better.” I knew I was in for a treat of a read. Carole Matthews takes the ‘up’ in uplifting and elevates it to a whole new level. She doesn’t shy away from the aches and pains of real life and it is this that makes her books so relatable. The characters of the farm animals ensure they sit front and centre, often eclipsing their human counterparts. Even here, in the middle of a freezing cold farm yard you can also discover humour, hugs, and merrymaking. Carole Matthews really is the most beautifully consistent writer and we just had to pop this into our LoveReading Star Books category. Christmas for Beginners is an absolute gift of a book and comes as highly recommended by me.

Liz Robinson

Christmas for Beginners Synopsis

The BRAND NEW Christmas read from the bestselling author

The gloriously festive sequel to readers' favourite and Sunday Times bestselling novel Happiness for Beginners


Christmas is fast approaching at the new Hope Farm. Owner Molly Baker has been convinced to organise an open day to raise some much-needed funds ahead of the New Year, but the nativity tableau is proving challenging. With anti-social sheep, awkward alpacas and a seriously sequined Santa Claus to assemble, Molly is feeling overwhelmed, and in desperate need of some Christmas spirit . . .

Despite the chaos of the farm getting in the way of her event planning, Molly is looking forward to spending the holidays with Shelby and Lucas, hopeful that a happy family Christmas is exactly what they need to draw them all together. But while she is busy making plans on the farm, Shelby, it seems, has ideas of his own.

As the nativity draws near, the team are working hard to pull off a spectacular festive fete - and make sure the animals and humans remain on their best behaviour. Will this Christmas be merry and bright, or is there more than one surprise in store for Hope Farm?

Christmas for Beginners Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

Festive farmyard frolics with Molly and her mottley crew of misfits. Christmas can't get more Fluffy than this can it? Full review

Sandra Bishop

A cosy, comfy read! Snuggle up warm and enjoy! Full review

Sarah Jones

A cosy Christmas read. Full review

Nikki Whitmore

A lovely heart-warming book about the owners and inhabitants of Hope Farm. A pleasure to read, Lots of laughs and a few tears. Just the book to forget ‘Lockdown’ and remember that there are nice people in the world. A happy book. Full review

Jocelyn F Garvey

If you are short of a Christmas present and can get hold of a copy, but it. A lovely 'feel good' story, great to end an awful 2020 on. Full review

Alison Bisping

Christmas for Beginners Press Reviews

The writing is full of humour, warmth and heart - all the things that are standard in Carole's novels. This is a perfect holiday read. I loved it. - Novel Kicks Blog

One of our favourite authors, Carole Matthews always delivers a delicious read full of humour and emotional dilemmas - Hot Brands, Cool Places

Light-hearted, laugh-packed fun. - The People

Another lovely tale from bestselling writer Carole Matthews - Hello!

Delightful and humorous... as joyful as its cover - Woman's Weekly

Heartfelt - Yours

Heartwarming - Bella

Sparkling romp - Mirror

Ornery llamas, attack sheep, and a wealth of colourful country characters (including a spectacular hairdresser-to-the-stars who coifs alpacas in his downtime) electrify Matthews's charming tale... Perfect for lovers of small-town romance, this upbeat tale is sweet but not cloying and altogether satisfying. - Publishers Weekly

Full of quirky characters and often laugh-out loud funny, it's a delightful read. - Choice

As ever from this author, a lively story that fizzes with fun - Best

Heart-warming - Bella

Heartwarming story of new beginnings. - Candis

Witty, funny and incredibly touching . . . perfect for lifting the spirits - Heat

Happiness For Beginners once again confirms Carole Matthews as the queen of funny, feel good fiction. Put your feet up, and switch off your phone because you're in for a real treat. -- Mike Gayle I laughed and cried and marvelled - Cathy Bramley on Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses

Warm, witty and hopeful - I was charmed -- Sarah Morgan Fabulously enjoyable . . . full of heart and fun - Milly Johnson

An irresistibly warmhearted story with a cast of captivating characters, both animal and human -- Trisha Ashley One of our favourite authors, Carole Matthews always delivers a delicious read, and Million Love Songs is another delightful read. Full of humour and emotional dilemmas, this latest book is perfect to curl up with on the sofa in this unpredictable weather. Highly Recommended! - Hot Brands Cool Places

Fun, fantastic and brimming with Matthews magic... from the first to the last page - an absolute joy -- Milly Johnson A gorgeous novel that will delight - Katie Fforde on Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses

If you love romance, quirky humour and animals you can't do better than to sink into Happiness for Beginners. -- Katie Fforde Sparkling . . . light-hearted, laugh-packed fun - Sunday Mirror

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780751580136
Publication date: 29/10/2020
Publisher: Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780751580136
Publication date: 29th October 2020
Author: Carole Matthews
Publisher: Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 416 pages
Genres: Books of the Month, Humour, Relationship Stories, Star Books,
Collections: Our Favourite Books of 2020, 80+ Humorous Novels - from Wry and Sly Observations to Outright Chuckles and Laughter.,
Categories: Adult & contemporary romance,

About Carole Matthews

Carole Matthews is the Sunday Times bestselling author of thirty-two novels, including the Top Ten bestsellers Let's Meet on Platform 8, A Whiff of Scandal, For Better, For Worse, A Minor Indiscretion, With or Without You, The Cake Shop in the Garden, Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses, A Cottage by the Sea, The Chocolate Lovers' Club, The Chocolate Lovers' Christmas, The Chocolate Lovers' Wedding, Million Love Songs, Christmas Cakes & Mistletoe Nights and Happiness for Beginners. Carole has also been awarded the RNA Outstanding Achievement Award. Her novels dazzle and delight readers all over the world. Click here to read ...

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