Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Christmas Review! Driving Home For Christmas by A.L. Michael

The bit on the back…

Megan McAllister is home for Christmas…whether she likes it or not!

Christmas is about family…and for Megan family means two people: herself, and her daughter Skye. It doesn’t mean her parents who, ten years ago, saw her pregnancy as anything but a miracle. And it definitely doesn’t include her irresistible ex-boyfriend Lucas Bright.

So ‘Driving Home for Christmas’ has never been top of Megan’s festive playlist. But for Skye, she knows she needs to spend the holiday season with the people she’s left behind. She can do this. Even if the thought of meeting Lucas under the mistletoe still has her feeling like she’s drunk one-too-many Snowballs!

But somewhere between the hanging of stockings and the crackle of wrapping paper, Christmas starts to sparkle. And Megan begins to wonder if family could be bigger than her and Skye after all…

Firstly thank you to Carina UK for approving me for a review copy of this title via NetGalley. This is the first time, but certainly won’t be the last, that I had read anything by A.L. Michael.

Young, single mother Megan has brought her daughter Skye up with the help of her Aunt and a drag Queen. As a speech and language therapist, Megan is a fully functioning adult and a wonderful mother to her daughter. This is the story of her family.

I LOVED THIS. I loved it, actually. I laughed, I cried, I fell in love. All of the emotions were felt in the reading of this book and it is definitely one of the best Christmas releases that I’ve read this year.

The story is mainly told from Megan’s point of view however there are sections which come from some of the other people in her life. Although there are not many people in her day to day life there are very strong, influential characters which have helped to shape Megan and Skye’s life to what it is now. Megan is a wonderfully strong character whose actions and determination have built a really safe and fantastic life for her eleven year old daughter Skye. Skye is a really mature 11 year old which comes across as a result of her brilliantly evolved upbringing but her character adds an undertone of innocence to the story as a whole and allows the focus of this story to be centred on family throughout.

The story is full of emotion as Megan returns home after a ten year absence to find that everything has changed and that everything has stayed the same in its own way, including her ex-boyfriend Lucas. I felt nervous for Megan going home as it was going to be such an ordeal for her. The emotional rollercoaster is enhanced by the time flip element of this story which allows you to become acquainted with the story of teenager Megan without feeling like the story is being dredged up ten years later. The scenes from the past don’t appear in chronological order which cleverly builds up empathy between you as the reader and Megan.

Lucas has obviously been a big part of Megan’s life and I really completely fell for him. He exudes charm but when you get to know this grown up version of him you really can’t help but fall for him. He seems like such a great guy and that really comes across in his relationship with Skye too. I loved Megan’s story but Lucas really won me over.

This is a full length novel but with a variety of unique characters and a compelling storyline you will fly through it. I am definitely looking forward to reading more from this author now!

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