This book was reviewed as part of the Christmas Advent Calendar 2014
11 sleeps till Christmas.
Together for Christmas is book five in The Vicarage Bench Series by Mimi Barbour and at the time of writing this review was available in e-book only.
Mimi Barbour has yet again provided a romance that is a wonderful little surprise package. When I started this book I was giggling to myself wondering what Mimi Barbour was thinking when she decided to write a book based around two characters who travel within the one body. Abbie collapses are pricking her finger on a rose thorn, soon finding herself trapped within the body of Marcus. She is able to communicate with Marcus via thought and he can communicate with her. She is also able to control his body movements. In the first instance I felt I was about to delve into a book that was not only so unbelievable it was funny but one that was going to be a long and ridiculous read. How wrong I was. Mimi Barbour grabbed hold of me and reeled me in, to the degree that I read Together for Christmas in one night, sitting up until 2am as I could not put it down.
The characters within Together for Christmas hold strong personalities that work well together. Mimi Barbour has created characters that make you smile as they bicker between themselves and fall in love. She has done a wonderful job of setting the scene that shows the strong difference between men and woman and the respect, understanding and love that the two can have for each other. As the story develops you soon find that this is more than a book about one soul overtaking another, it is a book about family, friends, the finding of ones self, the discovery of another and the acceptance of the different walks of life. The story is built around the wonderful Christmas message of giving to others and helping when needed.
Together for Christmas by Mimi Barbour could be seen as a weak unbelievable story plot but instead it is a fun loving romance that gives you goosebumps, takes unexpected turns and leaves you wanting more.
I have not read the first five books in The Vicarage Bench Series so cannot say what the series as a whole is like but if Together For Christmas is anything to go by then the series is one I will be completing over the next year.
This is a great read that I comes highly recommended to romance readers. I am not a reader of romance as a rule but thoroughly enjoyed the work of Mimi Barbour. A great holiday or weekend read.
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Review: Jennifer Douglas