20 Books for Christmas Book Five Review – The Mother of all Christmases

Title: The Mother of all Christmases

Author: Milly Johnson

Genre: Contemporary Fiction/ Romance/ Holiday

Goodreads Rating: 4.35

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Source: Audiobook


Eve Glace – co-owner of the theme park Winterworld – is having a baby and her due date is a perfectly timed 25th December. And she’s decided that she and her husband Jacques should renew their wedding vows with all the pomp that was missing the first time.  But growing problems at Winterworld keep distracting them … 

Annie Pandoro and her husband Joe own a small Christmas cracker factory, are well set up and happy together despite life never blessing them with a much-wanted child.  But when Annie finds that the changes happening to her body aren’t typical of the menopause but pregnancy, her joy is uncontainable. 

Palma Collins has agreed to act as a surrogate, hoping the money will get her out of the gutter in which she finds herself.  But when the couple she is helping split up, is she going to be left carrying a baby she never intended to keep?

Annie, Palma and Eve all meet at the ‘Christmas Pudding Club’, a new directive started by a forward-thinking young doctor to help mums-to-be mingle and share their pregnancy journeys. Will this group help each other to find love, contentment and peace as Christmas approaches?

My Review:

Quite a few people have told me that I need to read a Milly Johnson Christmas book as they are so good. When I noticed that Scribd had a few available I decided to give it a try. I jumped into this one, not realising it was part of a series. You can read it as a standalone but there may be a few spoilers from the previous book, not that that will stop me from trying out them out.

The story follows three new, expectant mothers and their different journeys through pregnancy. We have Eve, who isn’t sure how she feels about being pregnant but throws herself into planning the renewal of her vows three days before she’s due! For Annie this pregnancy is a dream come true. After years of trying and failing to get pregnant she thought her window of opportunity was coming to an end. Finally we have Palmer who finds herself pregnant with a baby she didn’t want after the surrogacy falls through.

All three of these women meet at the local Christmas Pudding Club, a club for expecting mothers and they instantly hit it off. I really enjoyed following their different stories and whilst I had predicted a few of the things that would happen I did find myself surprised on more than one occasion. I hadn’t expected to find this so emotional but it definitely brought me to tears numerous times and had me reminiscing about my own pregnancy journeys.

Filled with a whole cast of characters to love, this festive treat was a dream come true. Aside from the pregnancy stories there were plenty of other dramas along the way. We had the cracker factory, Palmer and Tommy as well as the mysterious happenings at Winterworld. I shall be listening to more books by Milly Johnson and adding them to my collection.


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