The Twelve Topsy-Turvy, Very Messy Days Of Christmas opening line: What is the worst present you have ever received for Christmas?
What would you do if the twelve days of Christmas were sent to you? I mean, what could one possibly do with ten lords-a-leaping if they do not speak English? And what about all the milk from eight maids-a-milking, let alone the cows? Where does one keep seven swans-a-swimming? And how do you use all the eggs from six geese-a-laying? Can you imagine the mess from four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree? But for Will and Ella, this is most certainly the most bizarre Christmas they have had for the past 5 years since their mother died. It may not be the best way to make their father move on with life and living, but his true love seems to think so.
The Twelve Topsy-Turvy, Very Messy Days of Christmas
One family is in for more than festive cheer in this new modern Christmas tale by bestselling author James Patterson.No stockings, no gifts, no tinsel and no tree – has Christmas been cancelled?It’s mid-December and for the fifth year in a row, there is little sign of the festive season in the Sullivan family’s home in South London. That is until a mysterious someone starts sending strange gifts to widower Henry and his two children.First, a small-beaked and feathered face pokes its head out from between the branches of a pear tree. Before they know it, the Sullivan’s home is full of boisterous animals and house guests, all demanding their attention.The next twelve days turn the Sullivan family’s lives upside down in ways they never could have imagined. And even though this Christmas will be messy, it may be just the gift their family needs.
What a delightful book that will have you rooting for all the chaos. And at the same time be grateful it is not your home being invaded. The sadness felt by the family is smothered by the gifts the true love has sent.
About the Author
JAMES PATTERSON is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. His books have sold in excess of 300 million copies worldwide and he has been the most borrowed author in UK libraries for the past nine years in a row.
He is the author of some of the most popular series of the past two decades – the Alex Cross, Women’s Murder Club, Detective Michael Bennett and Private novels – and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand-alone thrillers.
Penguin Random House South Africa sent me this novel to review.
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