Book review: I'll Be Home for Christmas by @roisinmeaney


Published: Oct 2015
Publisher: Hachette Books Ireland
Format: Kindle
Source: Netgalley ARC

It's three days before Christmas ...
Tilly boards a plane on the other side of the world. She's determined to reach Roone, a small island off the west coast of Ireland, in time for Christmas Day. Tilly carries a troubling secret and Laura, a woman she's never met, might be the only one who can help her.
Except that Laura has no idea that Tilly exists. And with five children, a mother-in-law stranded on the island and a husband with whom she's barely on speaking terms, an unexpected guest is the Christmas present she's not expecting ...
A storm is heading for the island, but will peace be restored before the snow melts?


It's Christmas and we're back on Roone for a third time. I will never ever tire of reading about Roone and it's inhabitants. The magic of this Island seems to just seep through every single page and it has really captured my heart!

Christmas is a stressful time anyway but with 5 kids and a mother in law Laura is really finding it hard. I really enjoyed reading the story from Laura's point of view. We were so used to Nell (whom I also loved) so this was a breathe of frosty Christmas air!

As snarky as Laura's mother in law was I actually loved that she was in this story. She waltzes around in a Hyacinth Bucket (it's bouquet!) fashion making demands and complaining even when her every whim was met! She was a real character and she gave the story a bit of an edge.

On the far side of the world Tilly is boarding a plane hoping to find a sister she's never met and who has no idea she's coming. I really felt for Tilly. She just feels lost, like she doesn't belong anywhere and she hopes that this journey will allow her to find herself.

The story moves back and forth between between the two and the pace slowly builds as the two come closer and closer to meeting. I actually held my breathe my breathe the first time Tilly knocks on the door at Roone.

This was such an immersive story that is full of the lovable unforgettable characters that Roisin always seems be able to create. This book regularly kept me reading till the late hours of the morning. I felt it really captured Ireland and the warmth of our hospitality.

Even though this is the third book set on Roone it could easily be read as a stand alone. Little details are slipped in here and there to give you history of Roone's delightful inhabitants!

As always I highly recommend this book. It highlights the importance of family and friends. Especially at this festive time of year.


★ ★ ★ ★ 

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