Saturday, November 30, 2013

Book Review: Christmas Pudding

The author is Nancy Mitford and this is the first book I've read by her.
Photo: Finally as promised (and I mean you Lyndsy Spence) the picture of the Mitford Family Christmas, 1925, at Asthall Manor. Left to right (standing) Pam, Uncle Jack, Tom, Bertram, ‘Muv’, Aunt Iris, Nancy; (sitting) Magdalen Bowles, Phyllis Bowles, Diana, Decca, Debo, Unity.
 The Mitford Family Christmas, 1925
Here is what Amazon has to say about the book: 
Published a year after Nancy Mitford’s first novel Highland Fling, Christmas Pudding gives a flavour of life for the Bright Young Things of the twenties and thirties, and a taste of what was to come in her later novels.

Though foot-and-mouth disease has stopped hunting, Lady Bobbin, MFH and formidable chatelaine of Compton Bobbin, has assembled an oddly assorted Yuletide gathering. Her beautiful but silent daughter Philadelphia is torn between two suitors: Lord Lewis, eligible but dull, and Paul Fotheringay, penniless, charming and dismayed that his would-be-serious novel has been hailed as the funniest book of the year. At Eton, Philadelphia’s brother Bobby rejoices in presents from Cartier and writes notes to older boys. Posing as his tutor, Paul arrives to write the life of the eminent Victoria poetess, Lady Maria Bobbin. But in no time at all Philadelphia sweeps all thoughts of her distinguished forebear from his mind.
My favorite part of the book?  Amabelle, definitely!  Her colorful past makes her such a lovely hostess.  I actually felt sorry for Lady Bobbin and wished there had been a suitor for her.  I have already purchased the next book by this authorPigeon Pie.  Maybe there will be romance for her there?  I found Christmas Pudding to be a charming little book, perfect for reading on a cold, quiet evening and am now a fan of Nancy Mitford!
Have you read any of her books?  What do you think?  I'd love to hear about what you are reading!
;-)  -Marci


  1. I find the Mitfords fascinating, from what I've read of them

  2. I will keep a eye out for this one could be a good read.

  3. I love period novels! They just take me away!

  4. Thank you for the review ...hopefully my library will have it! :)

  5. I haven't read the book, but I'm going to check it out. It sounds interesting. Hope you have a great day.

    Heidi’s Wanderings


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