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Mistletoe Malice | Kathleen Farrell
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A dysfunctional family reunites for the Christmas holiday from hell in this rediscovered festive classic with fangs: 'literary comfort and joy' (Meg Mason, author of Sorrow and Bliss) for fans of Barbara Pym, Elizabeth Taylor and Stella Gibbons.A dysfunctional family reunites for the Christmas holiday from hell in this rediscovered festive classic with fangs for fans of Barbara Pym, Elizabeth Taylor and Stella Gibbons. 'Literary comfort and joy. It got me out of mourning for the Cazelet Chronicles.'Meg Mason (author of Sorrow and Bliss) 'A stylish and penetrating comedy of manners. My favourite Christmas book by far - and you can read it all year round.'Rachel Joyce (author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry) 'A horribly delicious snapshot of post-war family life, in which tensions ensnare the reader in tinsel-covered barbed wire.'Janice Hallett (author of The Appeal) The fire is on, sherry poured, presents wrapped, and claws are being sharpened. In a seaside cottage perched on a cliff, one family reunites for Christmas. While snow falls, a tyrannical widowed matriarch presides over her unruly brood. Her niece tends to her whims, but fantasises about eloping; and as more guests arrive, each bringing their secret truths and dreams, the Christmas tree explodes, a brawl erupts, an escape occurs - and their 'midwinter madness' climaxes . . .
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Mistletoe Malice | Kathleen Farrell
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The fire is lit; sherry poured; claws are being sharpened. In a seaside cottage perched on a cliff, one family reunites for Christmas.

I received this lovely book today! Thankyou Leah, you are such a kind person.
I‘m thrilled with the book. Christmas can be a loaded time ( especially perched on a cliff 😳) I think this book will address that.
Thankyou my lovely friend 🩷
Im looking forward to reading this one 🥰😘
Thankyou XXX

Cathythoughts @LeahBergen Thankyou so much X. I‘m having a Baileys ( sadly no sherry in the house … 🩷🩷🩷 I must get some though. 😋 6mo
Tamra That sounds like a fun ride! 6mo
batsy Lovely. I've heard good things about this one! 6mo
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Cathythoughts @Tamra It does ! 😂 looking forward to it. 6mo
Cathythoughts @batsy It sounds really good 👍🏻 🩷 6mo
LeahBergen It FINALLY arrived? 😂 You‘re so welcome, my friend; I hope we like it! 😘 6mo
LeahBergen And I need to buy a bottle of sherry, too! 👍 6mo
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen Thanks so much Leah , it‘s a lovely gift. Yes , let‘s both get a bottle of sherry and let‘s toast to the New Year 😘😘 6mo
LeahBergen Cheers! 🥂 6mo
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Mistletoe Malice | Kathleen Farrell
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Nothing brings out the dysfunction like the holidays! I don't think it quite reaches the heights of Pym, etc., but it's still pretty great and Farrell seems like a fascinating person.

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Mistletoe Malice | Kathleen Farrell
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I picked this book up when I was in London because everything written on the cover screamed that it was meant to be mine. A dysfunctional family at Christmas perfect for fans of Barbara Pym?! Yes please! And it delivered all of that and more. Unhappy people making each other miserable full of cutting barbs, relationships frazzling, people walking off in a huff, and a servant who hates them all. This might be my favorite Christmas book ever.

LeahBergen Yes! I have this waiting on my shelves! 👏👏 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Merry Christmas 🎄 ❤️ 7mo
Ruthiella You had me at “Barbara Pym”! 👍 7mo
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Mistletoe Malice | Kathleen Farrell
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A novel about a dysfunctional family so after reading this every other family looks great in comparison.

The matriarch of the family is gathering her children, niece and nephew for a Christmas celebration. This family brings out the worst in each other and some haven‘t been seen in years.

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BookmarkTavern Love the cover! 7mo
Librarybelle Sounds fun! 7mo
DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 7mo
Andrew65 Brilliant 🎄🎅🏼🎄 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 7mo
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“A stylish and penetrating comedy of manners: Chekhov with more cigarettes and English emotional frigidity..”

I happily was influenced by bookstagram to buy this one. But the book blurb on the back cover has me sold! Slipping in a holiday read under the wire it feels like. Where has December gone? And still, I‘ve managed to find the time to eat far too many Christmas cookies. 🎄

batsy That is an enticing blurb! 7mo
Tamra Yes, where has it gone? 7mo
Ruthiella Oh yeah! “English emotional fragility” would grab me too! 7mo
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Tomorrow I will be a reformed character.

No more shopping.

No more chocolate for breakfast.

Tidy room...

To do list...


AmyG But chocolate for breakfast sounds so wonderful. 8mo
PathfinderNicole I wish I could do gifs on Litsy because I feel like this deserves the Treat Yo Self one from Parks and Rec 😂 8mo
batsy What fun covers! The Book Tour is a graphic novel, I'm guessing 😍 8mo
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RaeLovesToRead @AmyG My poor diet choices have gone too far... I pretty much subsist only on chocolate haha 😅 8mo
RaeLovesToRead @PathfinderNicole I don't know the show, but I certainly did treat myself 😁 8mo
RaeLovesToRead @batsy Book Tour, Mexikid and the online dating ones are all graphic novels / comics! 🥰 8mo
AnneCecilie All those things are overrated. We only live once. Book shopping and chocolate for breakfast are some of life greatest things. 8mo
Amiable Wrap the chocolate in pastry and call it a croissant! Heck, it‘s acceptable in France. 😀 8mo
RaeLovesToRead @AnneCecilie Haha, true! But I want to be able to afford Xmas presents for my family 😅 Me: I'm sorry it's been a tough year... oh those? Don't know how they got there 😇😁 8mo
RaeLovesToRead @Amiable Yes! My two-Wagon-wheels-to-start-the-day is actually just super continental and fancy! 😁😁 8mo
AnneCecilie I can see that, but presents for yourself is important too 😊 8mo
RaeLovesToRead @AnneCecilie 💯💕💕 8mo
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Mistletoe Malice | Kathleen Farrell
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I was just looking through some options for @Ruthiella ‘s #CloakandDaggerChristmas and realized I hadn‘t posted about this eagerly awaited and recently republished 1951 novel.

It‘s blurbed as “a darkly witty portrait of a dysfunctional post-war English family‘s festivities for fans of Barbara Pym, Stella Gibbons, Nancy Mitford and Elizabeth Taylor.”

Doesn‘t it sound great? Too bad it‘s not a mystery and doesn‘t fit any of the prompts. 😆

HardcoverHearts I haven‘t stacked something this fast ever!! 8mo
LeahBergen @HardcoverHearts 😆😆 It just ticks all the boxes, doesn‘t it? 8mo
Amiable I don‘t know what the prompts entail but it has the word “malice” in it so I‘d rule in your favor. Tell the judges. 👍🏼👍🏼😀 8mo
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jlhammar Sounds fantastic! 8mo
Tamra That sounds like fun! 8mo
MaureenMc I love all of those authors listed, so *stack*. 😁 8mo
Aimeesue Oooooh! Right up my alley! 8mo
Ruthiella That does sound intriguing! 😮 8mo
quietjenn I got this too and am really looking forward to reading it in December! 8mo
LeahBergen @Amiable And holidays can make you feel a little murderous, too, so … 😆 8mo
LeahBergen @jlhammar @Tamra @MaureenMc @Aimeesue @Ruthiella Right?? I‘m hoping it lives up to its great blurb. 8mo
LeahBergen @quietjenn Me, too! 👏 8mo
batsy Oh gosh, that sounds great! Immediate stack 😆 8mo
Amiable @LeahBergen I see you‘ve met my family… 😖😀 8mo
LeahBergen @batsy Right? 👏 8mo
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