Thursday 21 November 2013

Review! I Heart Christmas by Lindsey Kelk

Angela’s planning her very own fairytale of New York…

• Enormous Christmas tree
• Eggnog
• Eccentric British traditions
• Gorgeous man

But Santa’s throwing her a few curveballs – new job (as if it’s not mental enough already), new baby-craze from her best friend Jenny, and Alex determined they should grow up and settle down. Once friends start turning up uninvited on her doorstep (and leading her astray), can Angela really have a merry little Christmas? So much for happy holidays – something’s got to give…

Review: I love an I heart book and I really enjoyed the latest offering from Lindsey Kelk. I'm such a massive Angela fan and what I got here was a large dose of her scattiness, her clumsiness and her all round whirlwind of a personality. I have to admit that I found the beginning of this novel a little hard to get into. It wasn't until abut 50% of the way through that I was completely hooked by the usual mixture of mayhem and happenings that this tutors writes. I don't know if it was because I read this book quite far away from Christmas and so I found Angela's preparations for the festive season a title dull but there was certainly enough actions in the second half of the book to make up for the slight dip in goings on in the earlier part. 

Angela is now settled down and married and so talk of babies and families does rear it's ugly head making for some interesting concentrations between her and her fabulous husband Alex and also between her and her crazy impulsive friend Jenny. Angela has also become more settle din her career and so in this book things really hot up there for her, among for some extremely stressful scenes in this novel. I love Angela but she was awfully self centred for a a large part of the book, I felt a bit like I was judging her when I really didn't want to. Her Christmas preparations were also somewhat hampered by he unexpected arrival of best friend Louisa and her toddler Grace. I thought this as a rally good addition to the storyline because it gave all of the baby discussions a whole other level. Angela is also preparing to welcome her parents to New York I the new house the Alex springs on her right at the start of the novel.

There is a good dose of Alex in this book which was pleased bout because I love him, but because Angela was being fairly self- centred, readers be warned, there are some tense scenes where I was just waiting for the two of the them to have a massive bust up, perhaps this is another reason that I couldn't get into the book right at the beginning, that's just how much I love these guys! There were some really dramatic scenes involving characters who have taken much more of back set in previous novels, and ms Lopez seems to be growing up in this book, it's about time but I really really don't want her to change and hope that she doesn't in any future novels. 

Overall this is a welcome addition to the I heart family and something that all fans of Lindsey Kelk will very much enjoy. I think that this book would also work whether you are encountered Angela before or not, it's fab for the festive season as well- what could be better than a New York Christmas? My advice would be to read this nearer to the festive season and if you get chance to read the other I hearts first, do so because they're all wonderful! I heart I Heart Christmas and I Heart Lindsey Kelk, roll on the next Angela Clark/Jenny Lopez instalment! 

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