Sunday, 10 November 2013

Driving Home for Christmas - Emma Hannigan

Driving Home For ChristmasDriving Home For Christmas by Emma Hannigan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

'Christmas at Huntersbrook House is a family tradition and this year it's even more important as, with mounting debts and insufficient income from the livery yard, it looks like the Craig family might have to sell their beloved family home.

Pippa, Joey and Lainey are the three grown up Craig children who, caught up with their own lives in Dublin, are, as yet, unaware of the problems facing Huntsersbrook.

Joey is starting to wonder if his controlling, fitness-mad girlfriend really is the one for him. Lainey, the family worrier, is doing her best to ignore her ex's recent engagement while also trying to look out for her sister Pippa whose frivolous lifestyle is about to catch up with her.

As the Christmas season approaches, the Craig family need to do some soul-searching and what better place than around the fire at Huntersbrook House.

One thing's for sure, this is a Christmas none of them will forget. But will it be their last at Huntersbrook or will they manage to save the family home?'

When I was sent driving home for Christmas, I was unsure of what to expect. I have never read a book by Emma Hannigan before and was not sure of her style of writing.

This story is based around the Craig family. The chapters are relatively short and each represent one of the members from the family. The story is in the run up to Christmas, where they normally spend it at Huntersbrook House as a whole family.

All the characters in the story are written very well, I had a connection with some and found it hard to relate to others. Pippa was my favourite character and actually reminded me slightly of Becky Bloomwood from the shopaholic series. She loves to spend money and is in a lot of debt. I do not think there was meant to be a connection between the two, this is something I just interpreted from reading her character.

I also loved Joey, I thought his character was written very well and loved his story. I felt sorry for him at times and then envious that he got to spend so much time at Huntersbrook House!

Lainey I found hard to connect with and I didn't find her story as interesting as the others in the family, saying this though the story would have not been right without her and it was important her character was included.

For me I found I had a personal connection to the book. When growing up I had a strong family unit and we would visit my grandparents in Cornwall where they had a large house. This bought back memories for me reading this book and I made links between my own family Christmas and the Craigs.

I would say that this book is Christmas wrapped up in a box, it is about family, connections and the love you have for your family. I would recommend this book to everyone for Christmas as its heart warming and makes you wish you were part of the Craig family sharing their family Christmas.

I would like to that Headline for sending me this review copy.

I have been lucky enough to have received a second copy of the wonderful tale 'Driving home for Christmas' because I have enjoyed it so much I am offering one lucky person the opportunity of winning a copy of it. 

And as it is nearly Christmas  and it is the season to be jolly - the giveaway is International :D enjoy!

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  1. Well Christmas is all about family, so we gather (the whole family) for lunch, exchange present and eat..A LOT lol I love Christmas since I'm so so happy to have the whole family over. Thank you so much for the fab giveaway Sam, am really looking forward to reading Emma's book and keep my fingers crossed really tightly:)

  2. This sounds like my christmas 😃 good luck x

  3. Review is lovely I would really love to read this - especially as there is a Pippa in the book :) thanks Sam

  4. Hope you have entered the giveaway it's a lovely homely, family book.

  5. And my Christmas is packed as is the modern way we have split families to visit!! Looking forward to this Christmas though as Pippa will understand about Father Christmas so should be magical :) Family and magic - what could be better?!

  6. Our Christmas is literally over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house we go.

    1. This sounds like something out of a fairy tale 😀 good luck x

  7. My mum, dad, brother and I celebrate Christmas with my dad's old school "buddy" and his wife and daughter. The tradition is older than I am (21). Now the family has extended even more with boyfriends and girlfriends. We go to the same rental cottage every year, sit by the fire place (a real one!!) and exchange gifts (last year we counted over 50 gifts!) on Christmas Eve. On Christmas day we go for a walk in the woods, always hoping for snow! We stay until the 26th, so we have a nice, very long Christmas!
    Needles to say: Christmas is the highlight of the year for me. Love love love everything about Christmas! Wonderful giveaway!
    Merry Christmas! x

  8. CHRISTMAS AND CHRISTMAS BOOKS, the 2 things go together.....with a sprinkling of snow, well fed people, warm & cosy = magical
    Thank you for the chance of the give-away and a Merry Christmas to you!! X

  9. Every Christmas Eve, we meet at my grandparents' house and each family brings food and we eat together play games, and talk with each other. Then, when the clock strikes 12 we exchange gifts and say our good byes then head home. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! :D

  10. We always open our presents on Christmas Eve as it was always my family tradition. We gather around the fire, and in age order ( oldest first ) we pass them out one by one. Great fun !!
    The kids still have Santa to look forward to the next day :)