It Must Have Been the Mistletoe

It Must Have Been the Mistletoe Thea s parents decide to host a big family Christmas in a house by the sea even though they are in fact about to split up Thea herself is newly single her sister and brother are both settled with c

  • Title: It Must Have Been the Mistletoe
  • Author: Judy Astley
  • ISBN: 9781473509733
  • Page: 108
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Thea s parents decide to host a big family Christmas in a house by the sea even though they are, in fact, about to split up Thea herself is newly single her sister and brother are both settled, with children, homes and a future But Thea s boyfriend has ditched her in favour of his pedigree dogs, and Thea can t decide whether or not she minds.There will be copious foodThea s parents decide to host a big family Christmas in a house by the sea even though they are, in fact, about to split up Thea herself is newly single her sister and brother are both settled, with children, homes and a future But Thea s boyfriend has ditched her in favour of his pedigree dogs, and Thea can t decide whether or not she minds.There will be copious food and drink, holly and mistletoe, lots of bracing walks and a wintry barbecue on the beach If it seems an odd way to celebrate the final break up of a marriage and the Moving On to new partners, no one is saying so But then no one had anticipated that the new partners might actually turn up to complicate the sleeping arrangements.As Cornwall experiences the biggest snowstorm in living memory, the festive atmosphere comes under some strain Will Thea manage to find some happiness for herself Will the mistletoe work its magic on them all

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    About "Judy Astley"

    1. Judy Astley

      Judy Astley started writing in 1990 following several years of working as a dressmaker, illustrator, painter and parent Her sixteen novels, the most recent of which are Laying The Ghost and Other People s Husbands, are all published by Transworld Black Swan Judy s specialist areas, based on many years of hectic personal experience, are domestic disharmony and family chaos with a good mix of love and passion and plenty of humour thrown in Judy has been a regular columnist on magazines and enjoys writing journalism pieces on just about any subject, usually from a fun viewpoint She lives in London and Cornwall, loves plants, books, hot sunshine and rock music all at once, preferably and would happily claim that listening in to other people s conversations is both a top hobby and an absolute career necessity

    223 thoughts on “It Must Have Been the Mistletoe”

    1. I do love a Christmas book, every year I read a few and I have to say that this is probably the best I have read. It is just Christmas, pure and simple. Thea and her family are staying at a country house in Cornwall for the festive season in a story that is cosily, Christmassily predictable. You don’t have to guess too hard about what is going to happen, just lie back and soak it all in! Apart from the usual tensions, disagreements and misunderstandings that are going to arise when a large fam [...]


    2. Thea's parents have made plans for one final Christmas as a family. They're about to split up, so things are going to change and they want to have everyone together one more time. Thea has recently been through something traumatic and is newly single, so she doesn't have anyone she can bring. She finally has the chance to be herself though. Her brother and sister both have a family of their own, so there are plenty of people to spend the holidays with. They're staying in a big house by the sea a [...]


    3. Theas Eltern möchten Weihnachten zusammen mit der ganzen Familie feiern und mieten ein Ferienhaus in Cornwall. Sie laden Thea, ihre Schwester Emily und ihren Bruder Jimi nebst Anhang für die Feiertage ein. Thea hat gerade eine unschöne Trennung hinter sich, Emily fühlt sich überfordert mit allem und auch Theas Eltern haben Neuigkeiten, die erst verarbeitet werden müssen. Mein Leseeindruck:Ein zauberhafter Weihnachtsroman mit einer schönen, manchmal humorvollen, manchmal auch nachdenklich [...]


    4. (review copy)Posted in full reviewedthebook/2015 It Must Have Been the Mistletoe is my first Judy Astley book and when I reached the end and saw the long list of her previous books, I had to wonder why. This was such a cosy, entertaining read and it was so very festive and Christmassy that I half expected to be snowed in the moment I put the book down, finishing the book in the space of a few hours. I loved how this book really was all about Christmas. Every page screams Christmas at you from th [...]


    5. Was hat ein Weihnachtsstollen mit diesem Buch zu tun?Das Thema? Schon, aber nicht nur.Auf einem Weihnachtsstollen liegt immer eine ganz dichte Schicht Puderzucker. Die einen mögen das und die anderen nicht. Dieses Buch war so überzuckert, dass man beim Lesen Angst haben musste, Karies zu bekommen. Aber die Schmerz- bzw. Geschmacksgrenze scheint da, wie schon bemerkt, sehr zu variieren, denn wie heißt es auf dem Buchrücken: "Nicht schnulzig, sondern richtig schön romantisch, schließlich ist [...]


    6. Finally a truly festive read! I think this is my third festive read so far this year and it has been the only one to live up to its title and cover. At this time of year there's quite a few books published that have a festive cover and blurb only for the book itself to be a let down where Christmas is concerned. This book is Christmas from beginning to end, and I loved it. Judy has captured the festive season incredibly well, and this book will definitely get you in the mood for the upcoming fes [...]


    7. I was really excited to be able to be part of Judy Asltey's blog tour for this wonderful Christmas book. This has been one of the first Christmas books I have read this year and it really got me into the festive mood, I didn't even mind if it was only October when I was reading it! This story is about Thea and her family; they are staying in Cornwall for the Christmas period and I could imagine myself there. This for me had a personal touch to it, when I was growing up I spend a lot of time down [...]


    8. This is a light contemporary read with some issues relating to a family over several generations who meet for Christmas in a Cornwall holiday cottage.The parents, sort-of separated, are at the senior age now and deciding to sell the family home which is too big - and even get a divorce, though there doesn't seem to be any reason for it. The sisters are one married with small kids at the lively stage, one newly single again from a relationship with a man who preferred poodles to a family. The you [...]


    9. I loved this book from page one. It was supplied from NetGalley for a review with many thanks. A lovely festive read- but set in a gorgeous rambling house in Cornwall so it felt right to be reading it in the summer.After being invited on a family holiday together in Cornwall- many family secrets and niggles are exposed. Thea's parents who organised the holiday are getting divorced after spending a year seperated but living in the family home. They both have secret partners- who amusingly manage [...]


    10. Originally posted on:> lauraslittlebookblog.Firstly I have to apologise for the amount of times I say Christmas in this review and express my love for its gorgeous cover.This was my first Christmas read of the year and it is more than safe to say that it has definitely got me in the Christmas mood. This was a great first Christmas read and I now cannot wait until Christmas!I particularly liked that this story was set in Cornwall, which has a lot of summer childhood memories for me, so to get [...]


    11. His was cute and interesting - and it did definitely have some humor.A big plus for me was that sex is sometimes a topic, but there aren't any actual sex scenes in it.A minus for me was the sometimes too random and unrealistic feel to the plot. Of course funny coincidences should happen in such a story, but the parents and their partners sometimes made me raise an eyebrow and go "really?".I also start to wonder if almost every chick lit has to bring up the topic of loosing a baby. It's not a maj [...]


    12. I love every second of this book. Was a lovely modern family Christmas in Cornwall, with surprise visitors, a few secrets and just loads of light hearted moments.Loved the thought of the mistletoe having magical properties.


    13. Comfortable mood, likeable characters. Simple story, but comforting and free of nasty behavior and people. Just as a Christmas romance ought to be. Easy on the nerves, and I am definitely reading the follow up.



    14. I love Christmas books, and this was fabulous - I'm a big fan of Judy Astley and this is one of the best books she's written. Definitely a festive recommend.



    15. I thought this would be a light warm-hearted read in the run up to Christmas and so it was in many ways, but I think I'm too old for this sort of thing it was just too predictable and twee for my tastes.



    16. My Last Book Of 2017 & It Was An Enjoyable Read. Bet Lighthearted And Predictable At Times But Not Enough To Make Me Put It Down. I Did Want To Know What Happened With Thea’s Parents In The End


    17. A family christmasI would love a Christmas like that especially if a nice Sean was waiting for me lol. An uplifting story for that special time of year


    18. This is the first book I have read by this author and I look forward to read her summer read in my to read pile .In this story we meet a great family celebrating Chirstams away from home and there's some big announcements along the way.Thea is nursing a broken heart from longing for the baby she lost that was due on chirstmas day toothe ex boyfriend that left her for his pedigree dogs and finding hard to ,let him go completely formmind and heart.Emily is the baby of the family but is the worrier [...]


    19. Das Cover wirkte auf mich schon von Beginn an etwas altbacken, und leider kann ich dieses Attribut nun - nach Lesen des gesamten Buches - auch auf die Geschichte anwenden. Altbacken und schnulzig. Dabei kann ich gar nicht genau meinen Finger drauf legen, was mich wirklich so richtig gestört hat an der Geschichte. Vielleicht dass Anna und Mike ihre jeweiligen neuen Liebhaber plötzlich (und irgendwie völlig grundlos) gar nicht mehr leiden können. Warum das so ist, erschließt sich mir nicht. O [...]


    20. It Must Have Been the Mistletoe is one of the most Christmassy books I’ve read this Christmas. It has a beautiful festive cover and unlike many “Christmas” books I’ve read it’s actually about Christmas which was wonderful to read in the middle of the festive season.I really enjoyed the sound of this book, Anna and Mike are sixty-something parents who have chosen to divorce after forty years of marriage. They intend to remain friends with each other and decide to spend one last Christma [...]


    21. SynopsisChristmas is all about families, as well it should be. However, the holidays bring with it tension, drama and good old fashioned family secrets.When Thea’s parents, Anna and Mike, decide that they want one more big family Christmas before they permanently separate they guilt trip the whole family into joining them for a festive holiday in Cornwall. Along with the recently dumped Thea comes her sister Emily along with husband and two children and brother Jimi and his wife and teenage so [...]


    22. Thea's parents have decided to divorce. But unlike most divorces, Anna and Mike's is very much an amicable one. So much so, in fact, that the pair have organised a family Christmas in Cornwall. Thea and her siblings, Emily and Jimi, along with their families, will spend the festive period by the sea with their parents with plenty of bracing walks, good food and drink and quality time together. It all sounds cosy and civilised - until Anna and Mike's new partners turn up and they all end up snowe [...]


    23. I first need to thank the author, Judy Astley, the Publishers at Random House UK Transworld Publishers, and Netgalley, for allowing me access to this book in exchange for a full, free review- apologies for the delay, life has gotten very busy lately around the christmas season, which ironically, is something this book relates to!“It must have been the mistletoe” begins with the siblings of a couple being invited to stay with their parents over Christmas in a holiday home by the sea- along wi [...]


    24. Judy Astley - Schuld war nur der Mistelzweig - KiWiLondon/CornwallHippie Mom und Dad haben eine wahrlich weihnachtliche Überraschung:"Wir lassen uns scheiden und um das zu feiern, laden wir die ganze Familie zum Weihnachtsfest nach Cornwall ein"Anna und Mike haben eine große Location am Meer gemietet, von außen sieht es aus, wie ein Herrenhaus, von innen hat es ein sehr flippiges Design, rosa Glitzer-Weihnachtsbaum und flauschige lila Sofas, allein der Flokati sorgt für Nostalgie.Die Besitze [...]


    25. Christmas in Cornwall for the whole family might not be something which appeals to every one but Anna and Mike want their family to have one last Christmas together before they go their separate ways as they have decided to divorce so they have rented a large country house for the holiday period. Thea and her brother and sister, Jimi and Emily are not keen on seeing their parents split up especially as they seem be getting on so well but they are willing to enjoy the holiday. Thea is still recov [...]


    26. We get to know our characters as they are leaving their homes to go to their parents (Anna and Mike) for the ‘big news.’ Thea is nursing her loss and subsequent spilt from Richard, Emily is not coping with being the main breadwinner plus mother in her own family and Jimi, well Jimi is happy with a crossword.Thea is the first one to arrive at the rented house and is welcomed by part-owner Sean. Once an award winning world surfer, he’s the one who will be looking after the family. As the fam [...]


    27. Thea is not ‘feeling’ Christmas this year; newly single, all Thea wants is for Christmas to pass her by. No such luck. Her parents, married for almost forty years but amicably separated for a year, although still living in the same house, have decided that they want the whole family together this Christmas, one last family Christmas before they finally divorce. So the whole family heads off to Cove Manor in Cornwall, an idyllic house near the beach with plenty of rooms, log fires, a housekee [...]


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