Short Story Sunday #3 Every Year by Cecelia Ahern


How did I get it?:
Bought for my kindle for a very cheap price!


As the smell of pinecones and cinnamon fill the air and the plump turkey roasts in the oven, the final preparations for Christmas day have begun just as they do every year.

The tree lights are twinkling and the mince pies are cooked and there is just one final tradition to carry out before the Christmas magic can begin. This year though, something is different and it’s time for life-long traditions to change.

For years the family has followed the same pattern, not changing their routine through the generations; babies have grown into teens and then adults, and then eventually have had children of their own, but one thing always remained constant throughout…

Time has finally caught up with the family and this year the new traditions must be formed.


I love Cecelia Ahern’s writing, it’s always got a magical element in it, and I’m a sucker for a magical story. You might think, like me and given the synopsis, that this short story selection is all about Christmas. Unfortunately it’s not. There are Christmassy stories within it, but it’s not solely focussed on the Christmas season, which was ultimately what I was looking for.

That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy reading Every Year. I did. Cecelia’s writing is so easy to read. I was surprised to read some quite depressing stories. The short stories, although poignant, seemed full of sadness. I have to admit to wanting a more uplifting, heart-warming Christmas story collection.

I’d still recommend this book. It’s got some nice stories in, some very thought-provoking. It just wasn’t what I was expecting.

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