Monday 1 December 2014

Review: Secret Santa by Scarlett Bailey

A self-confessed Christmas queen, Sue Montaigne prides herself on organising the annual nativity pageant in her small Cornish village of Poldore.

But this year, what with having to deal with the repairs on Castle House after it was wrecked by a terrible storm, training a new – and frankly flighty – Virgin Mary and managing a Joseph who is allergic to sheep, she is distinctly lacking a little bit of ‘me time’.

And then there are the auditions for the new Santa. But nothing prepares her for the beautiful man who turns up, a twinkle in his eye and a promise to make her Christmas dreams come true…


Review: What a fabulous festive novella. I love the Poldore novels by Scarlett Bailey and I was so pleased when I found out that there would be a festive novella this year. I think people expect this lovely author to come out with some at Christmas and so we were all a bit worried when she brought something out in the summer but here we are being spoilt because we have Scarlett in the summer and Scarlett for Christmas too. If you love the Poldore novels already out there by Scarlet Bailey, you will definitely love this one. I wound't recommended reading this one if you intend on reading the others first and haven't already done so, this will definitely contain spoilers for you. The other novels are equally as fabulous though and so you're going to want to read those anyway!

The characters in this novella are the same as in  the previous novels and so it really is like visiting old friends, catching up with them, this book though focuses on Sue. She has been a kind of linchpin character in the other novels so it was great for her to have her time in the spotlight. What we don't realise in the other novels in how fragile Sue actually is. We see a strong woman who basically rules the village and her massive family of children and dogs. This is a great read because we really get to know her insecurities and see whether other people are prepared to support her as much as she has supported them,.

There is a special celebrity guest/love interest in the novella as well which really heats things up. he is just dreamy and rich and handsome and so he really seems to inadvertently shake things up around the village. It was wonderful to see my name appearing in this book again and I really hope we have another Poldore novel to see what happens to baby mo and the rest of the Poldore gang.

This novella is super-christmasey but without it being rammed down your throat. It centres around a nativity and so there's not too much Christmas spirit going on all the time, but you expect a good dollop of festive cheer with Scarlett Bailey, let's face it. It is structured over the days leading up to Christmas and I really liked that because you knew exactly where you stood. There is an epilogue too, which i loved, but you don't always get them in a novella so that was a nice surprise. I think fans of scarlet bailey will really enjoy this year's festive treat and if you're just looking for something Christmasey to read, you can't go wrong with this author. I hope there's another Poldore novel in the works because I need more of the people and the dogs in my life!

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