A gentle, loving and very touching tale told with much finesse, a blend of old and new, from wartime when the Germans invaded Europe to present day. It tells of a very hardworking vicar's wife that everyone even her own family takes for granted. The slight accident that her mom had, was the catalyst for her instantaneous vacation, she was stressed going on burnout, she needed it. A near-fatal incident took her home before her holiday could actually begin in earnest, and it is here her pot over boil and her family saw the light of day.
This is where they all get the opportunity to learn that valuable lesson, as to the true meaning of Christmas and the meaning of true and unselfish love between family and where Libby and Stella learn forgiveness and the essence of a true friendship. A very emotionally encrusted book, at first I thought would have been boring but it surprises me, a loving must read.