Wednesday 4 December 2013

Review: The Night Before Christmas by Scarlett Bailey

All Lydia's ever wanted is a perfect Christmas...

So when her oldest friends invite her to spend the holidays with them, it seems like a dream come true. She's been promised log fires, roasted chestnuts, her own weight in mince pies - all in a setting that looks like something out of a Christmas card.

But her winter wonderland is ruined when she finds herself snowed in with her current boyfriend, her old flame and a hunky stranger. Well, three (wise) men is traditional at this time of year...

Review: What a fabulous Christmas read, full of heartbreak and laughter (and joy ever after??) gorgeous characters, a wonderful setting and a fabulous pace to keep you turning every page from beginning to end. I was actually lucky e nought o hear scarlet bailey read from this novel at a Christmas event last year and she made it sound so co,platelet hilarious that I immediately went and downloaded it onto kindle. Unfortunately I didn't get round to reading it until this Christmas, I decided to wait and have a bit of a scarlet Bailey marathon, and it's such a shame I waited until now because it was such a lovely novel.

The storyline of this novel is so complicated, I have no idea how she managed to keep it all in her head. There are so many secrets that come out do the woodwork, misunderstandings and unfortunate meetings that my head was left buzzing with the excitement of it all! The setting of the book is just fabulous and all of the Lake District scenes are so beautifully described, that even if you are from outside of the UK, you will be able to appreciate the splendour of this part of the world! 

The characters in this book are just fabulous, the story centres around a group of women who have been friends forever and so this makes for some really storing females and some really song relationships. They are all slightly mad in one way or another, and so I found moseyed identifying with each of them at some point in the book! The men in their lives, and those that come into their lives over the course of the book, are all lovely too but just can't quite compete with these fabulous females! 

I raced through this book, actually reading it on a beach and I loved every single minute of it. If you haven't discovered this amazing Christmas author yet, you need to go out and get her novels now, she has three Christmas novels and one novella and they are all well and truly worth a read. They are full of fun and frolics, strong characters and amazing settings, I am sure you will love every single minute of each and every one of them. I look forward to seeing what she comes up with for Christmas next year! 

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