Thursday 19 December 2013

Review! Christmas Yves by Nicola May

It’s two days before Christmas - and Evie Harris finds herself both manless and jobless. After a chance encounter with handsome Greg (and egged on by her toy-boy-eating friend, Bea) she agrees to work at a homeless shelter on Christmas Day.

Striking up an unlikely friendship with homeless Yves, Evie begins an unwitting journey of spiritual awakening, all set against the sparkling winter backdrop of London landmarks.

A New Year’s Eve revelation is on its way . . . but will it leave Evie with a happy heart, or will she allow the pre-Christmas past to dictate her future?

Review: now I'm a big Nicola May fan and so when I found out that she had a Christmas book on the way I was extremely excited because I'm also a massive Christmas fan. When I learnt that this was a stand along novella I was even more excited, I think novellas are very important at this busy time of hear when we don't necessarily have e nought time to sit down and read a whole novel in one sitting. This is the perfect novel to read beside this Christmas tree at home one evening between wrapping presents, or on your commute to the Christmas party and the storyline of this novel will make you remember just what Christmas is all about! 

I really liked the character of Evie, I thought she was very realistic, finding herself job,was and am less just before Christmas, it is a Christmas that a lot of other people will be facing and so to have her as a main character was a good choice on the part of this author. Her friend Bea is also really real and I enjoyed reading about her too. There is a definite element of the fantasy about the character Yves. I really liked him as a character but I wasn't sure if he was a ghost or a real person, or even some break off from Evie's own character. I thought he tied the novella together beautifully, pushing Evie to do things and see things that she definitely wouldn't have, had it not been for him, Gregg makes a great love interest for Evie and the fact that he spends his Christmas doing charity work will make many readers fall in love with him too! 

I wasn't entirely convinced by the ending of this one. Although things were tied up nicely, I wasn't sure that the way things turned out for Evie and for Greg would really have happened in real life. I loved the ending that Yves had, however, and so I felt really warm and fuzzy after finishing this one. This is definitely a pleasure you should allow yourself in a moment of clam this Christmas. At just over 50 pages, it is the perfect length for squeezing in a bit of me time, and if you are a Nicola May fan, you won't be disappointed. This novella contains the perfect mix of romance, and the humour that is always in this writer's novels as well as a very real and very necessary Christmas message. 

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