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Hello From the Gillespies from Monica McInerney is a fiction novel set in Australia. Angela is the mother of four children, three grown but coming back home after romantic and financial failures and one a ten year old boy with a large imagination. When Angela prepares the annual family Christmas letter, she takes a deep breath and writes the truth for a change. She never intends to send the letter that details the failures of her adult children, the oddity of her young son, and the growing distance in her relationship with her husband. But when disaster strikes, the letter is emailed inadvertently. The family struggles with the reactions of their family and friends. And they are forced to take an honest look at their family and personal lives.
I really enjoyed this read. As someone who often thinks that Christmas letters sound too good to be true, I found humor in Angela's honesty about her family- even though she didn't intend to share it. There was drama. There was humor. There were relationship issues. Hello From the Gillespies had it all.
I really loved the setting, also. An Outback station in Australia- somewhere I'd love to visit- is the home of the Gillespie family. There is description about this sometimes beautiful, sometimes harsh setting, adding depth to the story.
The characters are well developed. Although Angela is, perhaps, the main character, we really get to know the whole family well as their story unfolds. I felt as if I got to know all of them to some extent.
Although I often review Christian fiction, this is a general fiction novel. There is occasional language- although not much- and reference to some intimate scenes- although not much description.
This one is a good read, and I give it a 5 star rating and an R for content.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own, and I was not compensated in any other way.
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