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Review by Suze
Lizzie's closest companion is her Garry Barlow calendar. Her husband Henry has stopped talking to her and he's distant and withdrawn. Lizzie knows she's being neglected and she's had enough. When her new neighbor Marcus does pay attention Lizzie feels a lot better about herself. She knows it's wrong to see him, but he's kind and they get along well.
Lizzie's best friend Ann needs a distraction and they decide to go to the countryside for some pampering. There Lizzie can think in peace about her marriage, Marcus and what she wants to do with her life. What should she do and what will be the wisest choice? This Christmas will indeed be different, but will it also be better than the last? Will Lizzie's Christmas wish to have a less predictable and boring life come true?
Lizzie's Christmas Escape is an interesting and enjoyable story about a marriage that's in a rut, true love, trust, secrets and friendship. Lizzie is a sweetheart. She does everything for the people she loves and is being taken for granted. She doesn't want her life to be that way, so she does something about it. She's strong and determined and I liked that about her. Ann is a great and cheerful friend and I loved their warm and honest connection. It was wonderful to read about their bond and their adventures.
Christie Barlow's writing flows easily. She's written an emotional story, but it's never too much, there's some lightheartedness as well. Lizzie's Christmas Escape is a thought-provoking story about routine, getting older and marital problems. I loved that Lizzie grows so much as a person throughout the story. She and Ann don't have an easy December, but that doesn't mean they can't have a good time. There aren't only tears of sadness, there is still joy as well, which is something I liked a lot. I loved Christy Barlow's sympathetic way of writing and I admire her creativity. There are plenty of unexpected twists and turns in the story and everything comes together in a fitting way. The ending is really sweet and romantic and it has the exact right Christmas spirit.