Super excited to be todays stop on Julia Williams’ blog tour for ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’! It feels like ages ago that I was helping AvonBooks reveal the cover to the book, and now here I am reviewing it!
Christmas with the family. Cosy, relaxing…and a total nightmare?
Driving home for Christmas, Beth has everything she wants. The kids and the house, the career and the husband. So why is it that when the New Year comes, she can’t stop thinking about her old college boyfriend?
Her husband Daniel is tasked with bringing a struggling school up to scratch, but when family life catches up to him, can he be a good father and a good teacher at the same time?
Beth’s sister Lou has just been dumped…again. Single and childless, she can’t help but be jealous of her sibling’s success. But is the grass really always greener?
What does TWG think?
Julia Williams has been an author whose books I have always looked at from afar and not read; until now. This is Julia’s tenth book which equals ten years of Julia Williams’ books! Massive congratulations!
With a title like this one, and a cover shouting ‘deck the halls’, you would automatically think that this book will be full of Christmas spirit and rival ‘The Snowman’ movie, yes? Do not be fooled by the dog sniffing out a present on the cover as this Christmas cracker packs a punch! Not literally obviously…you know what I mean.
‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ switches itself between three different viewpoints; Beth, husband David and sister Lou as they embark on individual journeys. Beth is a children’s book illustrator and she finds herself getting stuck in a rut when both her and her editors opinions clash over her work in progress. Something is missing and whilst Beth’s editor wants cute, Beth wants realistic. Bit like her life really. Beth’s husband, David, has his own personal struggles. As well as trying to run a new school, David’s past comes to sing a few Christmas carols; but will they be the only one singing, or can David be the bigger man?
As for Beth’s sister, Lou, she seems to be holding her cards very close to her chest in fear of ending up looking like the ‘joker’. Will Santa bring her good luck for Christmas, for once?
Three different viewpoints equals three separate lots of drama! My opinion of Beth seemed to change all the way through the book. One moment I felt sorry for her as she came across rather sad and then the next moment I was thinking ‘you stupid….’! I did end up finishing the book liking her though, so that is always good haha. It’s brilliant when you read a book that changes your opinion of one character more than once, it certainly kept me on my toes.
They say ‘a dog is for life, not just for Christmas’ and I believe that a similar saying should be linked to this book; ‘this book is for life, not just for Christmas!’. As I said above, the cover shouts Christmas; however, whilst the book is set during the festive period, I wouldn’t class it as a book to be read specifically for Christmas. The storyline is so diverse so you can read and love it any time of the year!
‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ was full of rollercoaster emotions as well as a lot of drama which, for me, made it stand out from the other books out at the moment (in a very good way).
It seems as though all of the characters weren’t happy with their lives so they set out to change them. Unfortunately, they seemed to think that a past moment would be as fantastic now as it was back then, being totally oblivious to any consequences.
We all do it, we all have moments where we look through our rose-tinted glasses whilst trying to relive a moment from many moons ago. We all have moments where we focus on what we COULD have, rather than what we DO have. Julia has cemented that important message throughout the storyline in such a bold and eye-opening way. Truly inspiring, it definitely had me thinking!
Julia Williams has written a book about self discovery, taking chances and learning to live in the moment. Her enticing writing had me gripped the whole way through, as well as getting me emotionally involved in the characters lives. Thank you for allowing me to embark on such an inspiring and beautifully written journey.
Thank you AvonBooks for having me on the tour.
It’s A Wonderful Life by Julia Williams, published by AvonBooks, is available to buy now from Amazon