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5.0 out of 5 starsA warm cozy hug
Reviewed in Canada on November 23, 2019
Another winner from James. I live away from home and this book especially at Christmas time feels like a warm cozy hug. So comforting and amazing to catch up with these characters. I honestly wish I could live in this world James created of family, heart and life. This is not a standalone book, I think it would fall flat if you haven't read the two previous books. But if you have this book is a must read. I laughed and cried my way through it.
Ms. James does it over and over. You get lost in the emotion, the detail, and the romance. The characters aren't perfect but they are honest and passionate. I'm worn out! And now I'll go back and read my favourites in this series.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 23, 2019
This story is seriously good, the characters are so real! A wedding is coming up, but the bride is very busy trying to finish a commission, painting murals in Casey’s and Isaiah’s bedrooms, because they are very special Christmas presents for the children after an intense year. Nyree has been so absorbed in her work she has been forgetting to eat, and drink, and Marko is getting concerned about his bride. He sorts out a practical solution though, that is what he is good at, and they have the grand reveal of the rooms just a few days before the wedding. Then they get some news that turns their wedding plans upside-down, they have just a couple of days to change just about everything. Everyone rallies round and it is still a beautiful occasion, albeit with some strong family tensions ... and haven’t we all been to a wedding like that?
Some of their friends are also having issues in their lives, and they have to find the time to talk them through with their partners or friends, difficult for these rugby players who find it hard to talk about their emotions. For Rhys and Zora there is a difficult problem to deal with involving their children, they need to be told the truth, something Rhys and Zora had hoped would never be necessary. If Rosalind were never to write anything else she should be especially proud of the way she wrote that scene, it is perfect, and most readers will shed a few tears!
One of my favourite characters in this story is Tania, Zora’s mother. She is only in the story for a short time, but she has a pivotal role, and you realise how hard her life has been with a domineering husband.
This is a powerful story from beginning to end, and I didn’t want it to end! It is very emotional, I certainly shed a few tears, both happy and sad, laughed out loud a bit too! You cannot ask for more than that!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 4, 2019
Just Say Christmas was a joy to read. I read this book after long tough week at work and it was just the perfect balm to relax and get into the Christmas mood. It is not overly focused on Christmas but rather the most important thing about Christmas, family. For those who have read the escape to New Zealand series this is a great chapter in the story. I would recommend reading the previous two books as a lot of familiar faces pop up. Over all this book is about different types of family and modern relationships. Readers are going to love Luke and his story. While we have weddings and Christmas fun this story is also has elements of acceptance, grief and modern families. It is a kind of book that you can just curl up on Sunday and devour it in one sitting. Great read would highly recommend it.
4.0 out of 5 starsWonderful Christmas reunion for a wedding, with new romance too
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 26, 2019
I don't know where to start with this.
So it's on the lead up to Christmas. Nyree and Marko are getting married imminently, well if Nyree can finish painting Rhys and Zora's daughter's bedroom mural. Various of Rhys' former team-mates and Zora's family members are helping, including her stepbrother Kane Armstrong.
This is an ensemble pieces where we see or at least hear about so many characters from the previous books. It also contains two romances, babies, a wedding, family feuds, a joint hen and stag weekend with intimate massage and just a whole load of exuberance. I even think you could read this as a standalone provided you were willing to accept that there are back stories for each and every character.
Rosalind James said she found this book easy to write and I think it shows, there is so much fun and love and family and Christmas and joy shining through every page, I totally devoured it.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 23, 2019
This book is absolutely amazing! I've been laughing and crying almost from starting it with all the events happening to the different sets of characters. Absolutely amazing! I can't praise the author enough, and I can't wait for the audio book to come out now. I'm going to re-read the whole series and this will finish it so very very well. WOW!