The Reading Group: December by Della Parker is published today, 1st December 2016, by Quercus and is the first in The Reading Group Series. The Reading Group: December is currently free for download here.
The Reading Group: December
Meet the Reading Group: six women in the seaside village of Little Sanderton come together every month to share their love of reading. No topic is off-limits: books, family, love and loss . . . and don’t forget the glass of red!
Grace knows that the holiday season is going to be different this year. No turkey, no tinsel, no gorgeously wrapped gifts under the tree . . . how on earth is she going to break it to her little boys that Christmas is effectively cancelled? And can she bear to tell anyone her embarrassing secret? Enter the Reading Group: Grace’s life might have turned upside down but there’s no problem they can’t solve.
My Review of The Reading Group: December
Grace and Ben are enduring terrible family problems, but help might just be at hand.
Wow. The Reading Group: December might only be a few pages long and take less than 15 minutes to read but it really packs a punch. It is such a perfect Christmas story.
Grace’s reading group friends are distinct and well presented and I can’t wait to read more about them in future episodes.
This story deals with the financial problems Ben and Grace are experiencing as well as the childhood illness of one of their triplets. Links are deftly made between this story and A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens that Grace’s book group are reading so that there’s a real satisfaction in spotting the allusions.
I think I found this story resonated with me so much as I’ve been through the worry of health problems for family members myself this year and I could really empathise with the emotions both Grace and Ben display.
If you haven’t already clicked to get your copy of The Reading Group: December, I urge you to do so. It’s brilliant.
There’s also a chance to join in The Reading Group discussions with fellow blogger Becca tomorrow at 4pm:
About Della Parker
Della Parker lives in a Dorset village with her two large hounds.
Before becoming a writer she worked as a Customer Services Manager for a water company. Solving customer complaints is not a million miles away from solving plot problems, so Della thinks her former life was quite a good background for a writer. And of course there were the wonderful characters she met.
When Della is not writing she enjoys running marathons and going to the gym for long workouts. Unfortunately, she doesn’t have the time to pursue these worthwhile hobbies as often as she’d like to – as she much prefers writing!
All the books in Della’s Reading Group Series are available here.