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It’s the time of year when even the most uncommitted Earth-Mother type begins to feel a bit stressed about making sure everything is nice for Christmas.

But few of us would go to the lengths of Eve Crowther, title character of Julie Butterfield’s seasonal romantic comedy Eve’s Christmas, who’s decided she needs to inject a little sparkle into the family’s usual laid back and slightly shabby holiday.

Of course, it’s no coincidence Eve’s change of heart coincides with a visit from husband Richard’s oldest friend, Abby, who, newly single, has decided to spend ALL twelve days of Christmas with the Crowthers.

Abby is glamorous and sophisticated – the sort of woman whose Christmas table features ‘snow white tablecloths and sparkling glasses with gold plates, colour coordinated accessories and festive shaped dinnerware to serve an array of Christmas food fit to be filmed by the BBC’.

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The sort of woman who thinks ‘good olives are like fine wine and a bad olive quite unpalatable’.

And, who also makes Eve feel like a rumpled, dowdy housewife.

So, no surprise Eve determines to dish up a Christmas feast that would rival anything served at Downton Abbey and decorations fit to grace the pages of a glossy magazine.

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The resulting shenanigans as Eve tries, and fails, to make, among other things, spinach and mozzarella swizzle sticks, beetroot blinis and goat’s cheese and red onion tart are a hoot.

But it’s the arrival of an unexpected visitor guest, and the discovery of an explosive secret, that finally threatens to put Eve’s vision of a perfect Christmas in jeopardy.

Eve’s Christmas is a gently humorous reminder about the real meaning of Christmas – and it’s not, as eldest daughter Alice observes, about falling into the ‘commercial trap of thinking that cards and presents are the only way to celebrate’.

Instead, says Alice, Christmas is supposed to be a celebration of a new birth and a new beginning.

A delightful, heart-warming festive read.

Review by Sue Featherstone.

Available to buy on Amazon.

About the author:

Julie Butterfield belongs to the rather large group of ‘always wanted to write’ authors who finally found the time to sit down and put pen to paper – or rather fingers to keyboard.

She wrote her first book purely for pleasure and was very surprised to discover that so many people enjoyed the story and wanted more, so she decided to carry on writing.

It has to be pointed out that her first novel, ‘Did I Mention I Won The Lottery’ is a complete work of fiction and she did not, in fact, receive millions in her bank account and forget to mention it to her husband – even though he still asks her every day if she has anything to tell him.

Follow Julie on Twitter and on the web.

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