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Solated stretch of Donegal coastline in Ireland It seems like a recipe for disaster but as the landscape reveals its wild charms and the house reveals its strange history they become bound in friendship and as a drunken joke f. I wrote a long review but Goodreads lost it due to a technical error Haven't got the energy to write it again Here's the jist6 people gather in a remote deserted house in Donegal in 1988 They are Belfast friends Singer and Ronan Dublin girls Dionne Melissa and Oona and Londoner Frisby New friendships are forged as romantic entanglements are also created within the group Each character arrives at a crossroads in their lives either personal or professional and leaves with some kind of resolution A Christmas Club is formed in 1988 with the promise that every Christmas from now on will be spent in the same wayThe same group gathers again a year later in 1989 However jealousies rise to the surface and the Christmas Club self destructs It is not until 2002 that the group gather once Here is where Price's talent for satire of the greedy Celtic Tiger years is shown The contrast between the characters circumstances in 1988 and 2002 could not be differentHowever for me the ending of the novel was sudden completely unbelievable and very much without any kind of resolution Sometimes sudden endings can have merit as authors argue that we should make up our own minds However this novel was not one of these cases Also a large part of the novel's opening section discusses the Troubles in Belfast during 1988 in some detail This enlightened me as to the situation in the North during this time However the change by 2002 following the 1998 Good Friday Agreement is not alluded to whatsoever Another hugely disappointing factor which contributes to such a poor endingStephen Price has an incredible talent and a great voice shines through in the novel it was published in 2007 before the true results of Celtic Tiger greed became apparent However his lack of a believe and conclusive ending ruins the book I'm not the only one who felt this either with a friend who gave the book to me feeling exactly the same way

SUMMARY The Christmas Club

The Christmas ClubOrm the Christmas ClubFast forward to Christmas As one by one the Christmas Club slowly reconvenes middle aged manners and the gloss of new money disguise passions that still run deep passions that erupt with tragic conseuence. I enjoyed this book and I didn't all at the same time I read it in a day which is a good sign it was well written the characters were likeable and I'd love to visit Pier House one dayI think the major flaw with this novel was the ending It's a lot of reading to get to it and it's not a happy tale at the end I feel uite sad after finishing it the futility of life pressing down on meIt all starts off promisingly enough 6 young adults who don't know each other very well spend a Christmas together in the windswept Pier House in Donegal It's after this great break away from the realities of life that they resolve to meet every ChristmasHowever the grim realities of life as they forge their careers and fall in love intrude and they never manage to recreate the utopia of their first Christmas13 Christmases later and the story comes to a dramatic conclusionWorth a read but will leave you with a slightly bitter taste in your mouth

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FREE READ The Christmas Club 107 ☆ ➵ The Christmas Club Read ➼ Author Stephen Price – A story of love regret and the bittersweet nature of friendships It is 1988 Six cynical young urbanites brought together by a series of strange events end up stranded at Christmas in a bleak run down A story of love regret and the bitA story of love regret and the bittersweet nature of friendships It is Six The Christmas PDF cynical young urbanites brought together by a series of strange events end up stranded at Christmas in a bleak run down house on an i. I reckon that this is the fourth time that I've read The Christmas Club since it was published in 2006 which says something about how much I love the bookThe narrative follows six characters two sets of friends Singer and Ronan from Belfast Dionne Oona and Melissa from Dublin and Jay Frisbee from England who by happenstance end up spending time together in the last fortnight of 1989 in the Pier House in the fictional Dulnadragh close to Letterkenny in the northern extreme of Donegal The house without any modern amenities becomes a character in itself and through their own discovery as well as with information provided by Manus owner of the house and landlord of the local pub they manage to find out a little of its history while enjoying the peace and tranuillity and wildness of the local terrain developing complex interpersonal relationships into the bargainI absolutely love the world that Price creates particularly during the first visit to Dulnadragh and one feels extremely envious as the characters 'get away from it all' losing themselves in the library of the old house exploring the immediate area and socialising in the nearby pub in a Donegal environment now completely changed indeed the effect of the Celtic Tiger is at the forefront of the conclusion of the book The career trajectory of a couple of the characters over the years is perhaps a little improbable but this doesn't take away for me anyway from the special narrative that Price manages to weave over the 13 years that the book coversA special and very moving book and one that is perfect for a read during those cold and dark December nights One that I definitely see myself coming back to again and again