It’s been fifteen years since Rosamunde last lived at the vicarage in Potter’s Cove, the pretty coastal village where she grew up, experienced her first true love—and a heartbreak that changed her life forever. But now Potter’s Cove is calling her back: it’s time to make peace with the past and go home.
Rosamunde’s return to the vicarage in the days before Christmas is a whirlwind of festive cheer and heartwarming reunions with friends, family and her loving father, the vicar. And while seeing the old place after all this time stirs painful memories of long-ago grief, it also reminds her of all the love she left behind. Fifteen years ago she vowed never to let herself be vulnerable again—but now that she’s back she’s not so sure. Is it possible that real happiness could strike more than once?
Spanning three decades of family life, Christmas at the Vicarage is a warm, feel-good tale that examines what it means to love and to lose—and to be brave enough to try again.
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I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I am glad I did. I really liked this book.The chapters go back and forth between the past and the present. The present is just before Christmas. I love stories that take place around Christmas time! And this is a very enjoyable Christmas story. I really liked the characters. I do recommend the book to someone who enjoys interesting, comfortable stories.
This is a romantic Christmas story that I enjoyed. It is the story of Rosamunde and her failed love life. It is told by alternating between the present and her past. Rosamunde has decided to return home to Potter's Cove in Devon after an absence of 15 years. She left following traumatic events and now she thinks she's finally able to face the past and return. She arrives in Potter's Cove at the vicarage to stay with her father at Christmas time. In the story we meet her sister Rachel who in married with two children, her father Bertie who is the vicar, her best friend Kizzie and Kizzie's brother Benedict. They all play a part in both the past and the present. There is also the housekeeper Mrs. G. who is like an honorary mother to the girls as their mother died when they were very young. Grandmother DuPont also makes several appearances in the story as the strict grandmother who helped raise the girls. In the present, Rosamunde strikes up a friendship with Benedict. As children he was the annoying brother who tagged along, but now he is the gay best friend who goes shopping, dining and just hangs out having fun. As we read about Rosamunde's past, you can't help wishing that something turns out for this character. She is strong, witty, caring and needs some good luck. This was a warm and delightful read. I especially liked the structure of the book that had chapters alternating between Rosamunde's present and past. It was a good way to cover all the events in her life and story. It also created enough tension and suspense to keep the reader interested. As I got closer to the end of the book, I could not stop reading. I wanted to find out how this was going to end. It is great to see the characters develop and build over the course of the book, revealing more about their own lives. There are several twists that I was not expecting in the book and I very much enjoyed it. The scenes about the Christmas Nativity, the casting of it, and the actual production were very enjoyable and full of the Christmas spirit. To those of you that did not finish this book, I say you did not give it a chance and missed out on a great read. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The comments are my unbiased opinion.
Christmas at the Vicarage is the first novel by Rebecca Boxall. Set in a small town on the Devon, England, coast, this is the story of Rosamunde Pemberton and her homecoming after fifteen years of world wandering. Some times it's homesickness, other times emergencies, but in Rosamunde's case it is a recurring dream that brings her back to Potter's Cove. When Rosamunde arrives at the vicarage she is warmly greeted by Bernie Pemberton, her father and the vicar. Although the home overall is as she remembered, she finds her old room has been redecorated and it is apparent that the hand of Mrs. G, the longtime housekeeper, has worked magic in the old room. Mrs. G's warmth for this family is felt throughout this tale. As Rosamunde reconnects with family and friends, we begin to learn of her life before she began her journey. In a well woven story intertwining past and present, each thread is interlaced to explain the events leading up to this special Christmas. Once again Bernie, Rosamunde, and her sister, Rachel, are together after so many years. As preparations for the holidays unfold, Rosamunde assists her father in casting the nativity play, visits her childhood friend, Kizzie, and joins Kizzie's brother, Benedict, on shopping expeditions. As relationships redevelop, Rosamunde learns much about herself and those she cares for. It is not long before Rosamunde draws on these life lessons as she opens her heart and truly comes home. This well written first offering by Rebecca Boxall, although told during the holiday season, is so much more than a holiday read. The depth of character development, the intricate story evolution, the entertaining writing style are all traits of a seasoned author rather than a premier work. I expect we will be seeing many more good things from Ms. Boxall, and highly recommend this book