Saturday, 28 December 2013
Review: Christmas at Carrington's by Alexandra Brown.
There were however a few things about the plot that bothered me. Firstly, I certainly wouldn't have been so quick to forgive Tom for the way he behaved, despite his excuses (I won't elaborate so as not to spoil the story!) Secondly, the sudden catapult of the shop staff to 'TOWIE' style stardom is a tad unbelievable. Admittedly I haven't read the other books in the Carrington's series so it might be worth doing that first to get a better sense of the characters.
If you're looking for an easy festive read then this fits the bill nicely; I raced through it over two evenings in order to have it finished by Christmas Day. Some books set at this time of year are best read pre- Christmas Day, hence my haste to finish it, but this one could easily be read at any time of year; minus the ice rink, fake snow and continuous references to Bucks Fizz and festive food, and the story could just as easily have been set in the summer.
3/5 stars: The department store concept has great potential (modern day Mr Selfridge perhaps?) and I hope to read the other books in the series!