Wednesday, December 22

Audiobook Review: The Best Worst Christmas by Kate Forster

Author: Kate Forster
Narrator: Amy Landon
Title: The Best Worst Christmas
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Novella, holidays
Format: Audiobook
Published: December 1st 2021 
Where I got It: Audible 

Lily is back from Australia for the first time in seven years to spend Christmas at her mum’s house in a small, gossipy English village. To her surprise, she returns to find that her mother is dating the man next door, who also happens to be the father of her ex-boyfriend Tom. Tom, who broke Lily’s heart all those years ago. Tom, the real reason Lily fled to the other side of the world and stayed there. Tom, who is also home for Christmas and right there, next door.

In what is shaping up to be the worst Christmas ever, somehow Lily and Tom have to try to get along and play happy families, but living with the man who she is clearly not over is proving to be difficult, and tensions are high. Add in some drunken caroling, a reindeer bite, a potent Christmas pudding and some meddling parents and Lily’s trip home will turn her entire life upside down.

Jen was the one who got me to listen to this! Plus it's a freebie on Audible so why not ;) 

We follow Lily who is back from Australia for the first time in 7 years. She is going to spend the holidays with her mom in their small English village. To her surprise and horror....her mom is dating the man next door who happens to be the father of Tom....her ex. This ex had broken Lily's heart many years ago. Tom is the real reason why she fled to the other side of the world and tried to make a new life for herself. Now...she is stuck with him through the holidays. This is shaping up to be the worst Christmas ever. The two will try to get along and maybe there will be a miracle.

This was a lot of fun. Poor, poor Lily. I would be LIVID at my mom. HOW CAN YOU DO THAT!? UGH.

However, it was good for Lily and Tom to hash it out. It ended bad. Like super bad. The two really needed to talk even if it is just to move on. They have both been holding onto grudges and hatred. How can you live your life with that? So it was a good thing. But UGH darnit parents. 

I enjoyed watching Lily and Tom hash it out. It was fun watching them fall in love. It did take FOREVER, but it was worth the wait when they finally decided to give it a second chance. I do get nervous with second chance romances...but this was perfect. They talked it out. Vented their feelings and mended the hurts. Loved it!

Plus I love this little village. Small and everyone in everyone's business. So cute!

The scene with the reindeer had me in tears laughing. Yes, yes, there is a lot of humor here too. 

There was ONE reveal that had me seriously mad. Sure, I get it, but I was super annoyed. I didn't think it was needed. 

The narrator was good. Perfect voices. All different even the men had slight differences. 

In the end, this is a quick, fun Xmas romance. My only beef was the one reveal near the end. Not needed. I'll give this 4 stars though!

- #86 for Audiobook challenge


Sophia Rose said...

Oh no!!! What a horrid blindside to be hit with. Glad they got past the hate and ugliness even, as you say, if it was just to clear the air.

Blodeuedd said...

I wonder what that reveal is

Carole Rae said...

Sophia, agreed! I'm glad they were able to patch enough to love again...but it was just good for them to communicate.

B, not gonna say ;)

Jen Twimom said...

OH YEA! So glad I was able to recommend one to you after you've given me a few. It was really cute. I think I know which reveal - about the mom maybe? I wasn't mad, but it felt a bit over the top? Maybe I'm thinking of something else at this point. It's been a long holiday! lol

Carole Rae said...

Jen, it was about the mom and her "BF". But yesss thank you for the recommendation! Totally worth the listen!!