I was really looking forward to reading this book for many reasons. First off, my twitter feed throughout November was full of great comments about it, secondly, the sparkly reviews from my friends/chick lit bloggers whose judgments I absolutely trust.
With Christmas being just around the corner, I thought it was the perfect time to read this Christmassy read and boy oh boy did I have high expectations.
But you know what? Not only was I not disappointed in Alexandra’s writing but this book actually exceeded all my expectations. ‘Christmas at Carrington’s’ is the sequel to ‘Cupcakes at Carrington’s’ but it can be easily read as a stand alone too. We get together with Georgie, Sam and Eddie again and see what lies in store for them (no pun intended).
Carrington’s is a family firm spanning 3 generations and a store everyone in Mullberry-On-Sea feel connected to. The customers are treated with respect and addressed by name and the staff is like one big happy family.
Well, at least it was before Kelly Cooper and her cameras enter the picture. The idea of setting a reality show in a department store is really brilliant, I personally find it very unique. It does give the story a whole new dimension. Literally over night, Georgie who’s running the Women’s Accessories section in Carrington’s becomes a celebrity and a national TV star. Of course, at first she doesn’t enjoy being so exposed and loudly objects the idea of turning a well respected and traditional store into a TV circus, but soon she starts to get into this whole glamorous life. She even gets to write a fashion column, something she always wanted to do. But fame has a price, right? Georgie is really a wonderful character, and despite being thrown in many awkward situations, she is pretty down-to-earth and positive person. Everyone would love to have her as a BFF, she’s nice, kind, caring and full of understanding. I cheered for her, I laughed with her, I sympathized with her, she’s definitely a memorable character everyone would love.
I loved the romance elements which fitted the story perfectly. Tom Carrington is gorgeous, smart, sexy..simply breath taking. BUT what I enjoyed the most was the friendship between Georgie and Sam. I could feel they deeply care for each other and support each other no matter what. This is not a sad book, it’s actually very fun and uplifting, but there’s few scenes in the book where I literally cried like a baby, I was that emotionally invested. I totally DIDN’T expect to cry, but it was stronger than me really. These scenes are pretty powerful and well written (and address a more serious topic), and give the book a deeper dimension. I’m sure many women out there will understand what I say, once they read this book.
Overall, this is definitely a great and enjoyable book. It will get you in a festive mood super speedy, make you laugh and deeply care about these fantastic characters, and flip through pages to see what will happen to Georgie and if she’s gonna get her HEA. I thoroughly enjoyed it and am certainly looking forward to part 3, which I heard will be released in June 2014. Full of sparkle and heart, this is a must read for all chick lit and romance fans.
My rating: 4/5