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Holme for the Holidays

Americans Abroad Series, Book 2
Written by: Miranda MacLeod
Narrated by: Stephanie Murphy
Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
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Publisher's Summary

An American musician with a broken heart meets a local farmer with a hidden past on a holiday house swap in Yorkshire. A charming romantic comedy that will fill your heart with holiday cheer.

A country cottage is the last place Paige expected to spend the holidays, but a year after her girlfriend dumped her, her life is in shambles. A last minute house swap sends her from California to Yorkshire to put her life back on track. She doesn't believe in forever anymore, but when she meets a raven haired beauty in the local pub, she seizes the chance for a night of fun.

On the brink of fame and fortune, Fiona suffered an unthinkable loss, and a year later she's given up on singing, and just about everything else. When the brother she relies on too much skips town "for her own good" and loans his cottage to a stranger for the holidays, her life is turned upside down. She knows she can't make a new relationship work, but when she meets a purple haired American at the local pub, she figures it wouldn't hurt to blow off some steam.

They never meant to see each other again, yet from the very first morning when the vicar comes to call and Paige gets mowed down by a runaway llama, they just can't seem to escape their lives becoming increasingly, and hilariously, entwined. And when a series of calamities threatens Christmas in Holme village, the two must work together to save the day, and maybe find true love along the way.

A year ago, their lives fell apart. Can a bit of Christmas magic help them build a new life together?

Part of the Americans Abroad series, a romantic comedy series where each book features an American woman traveling or living abroad and finding love in humorous and unexpected ways.

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©2016 Miranda MacLeod (P)2017 Miranda MacLeod

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  • Faraonadelsol
  • HALTOM CITY, TX
  • 2018-02-21

great story

this is an excellent story you don't want to miss. enchanting characters, romantic soft and relaxing. Paige is gorgeous and clever, Fionna is a talented singer, and they are so perfect together. I listened to the audiobook and I enjoyed it a lot. The voice is soothing and feminine and I definitely recommend it.

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  • C. C.
  • 2017-12-06

Sweet Story

Sweet story, well written, good narration. Great listen during the holiday season. Would like to see Book 1 on Audible.

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  • Tragically A Hipster
  • Buffalo, NY
  • 2018-01-25

Great Book!

Would you listen to Holme for the Holidays again? Why?

This was a fun book to listen to for my first ever audio book. It was a light and easy book, and I really enjoyed it!

What did you like best about this story?

The characters were likable and relate-able, and I enjoyed how the story flowed from one chapter to the next.

What does Stephanie Murphy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

A couple terrible foreign accents. They made me laugh though!

Any additional comments?

Loved it! Highly recommended.

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  • Le
  • 2017-12-29

Nice to re-vist this story in audio form!

Would you consider the audio edition of Holme for the Holidays to be better than the print version?

In different. I read the e-book when it was released a year prior and thoroughly enjoyed it while reading. I usually listen it audiobooks during my commute to and from work or long drives to visit friends so it was about the same as any other audiobook for me. Though I didn't get some good laughs out of the story again it was read to me instead of me reading the scene.

What did you like best about this story?

The morning after Paige and Fiona's first night together and the chapel scene.

What does Stephanie Murphy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She was shaky in the first couple of chapters, but seemed to gain confidence as she went along with the rest of the story. Though it was difficult at times to tell the difference between Paige and Veronica if it wasn't for the way their speech patterns varied.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Again the morning after Paige and Fiona's first night together and the chapel scene. I lost it when I originally read it and Miss Murphy's performance on those scenes were amazing and made me really laugh again.

Any additional comments?

I hope Miss Macleod's other stories would get an audio version in the future as well especially the Agency of Secret Agents series.

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  • Erik Dutton
  • Charlotte, NC USA
  • 2017-12-09

The story is better than the performance

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I have a long commute, and it made a nice change from podcasts... for some reason the Audible app on my phone lost the download at about 80%, so I finished the last two chapters in the Cloud Reader and honestly it was better that way. The reading was competent, but I didn't feel that it really enhanced the story (of course I feel that way about most audiobooks, so this is not necessarily a slam against this one).

What was one of the most memorable moments of Holme for the Holidays?

The scene in the chapel when Paige tried to play the organ. Total slapstick.

Did Stephanie Murphy do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

I couldn't tell the difference between Paige and Veronica during their couple of scenes together, but otherwise it was generally all right. It helped that most of the dialog was between the American and one or another of the British characters.

Did Holme for the Holidays inspire you to do anything?

I'm not sure what this question means, really, but I suspect the answer is no.

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  • joanne
  • milford, CT, United States
  • 2017-12-07

Great

Loved the dialogue between and growing development of these characters. The story was thought out and believable. Thanks.