Happy Christmas Eve by Jackie Ladbury #Review

A heart-warming Christmas story to put you in the mood for the festive season.

All I want for Christmas is you … or you?

Eve Halligan is back in her hometown for Christmas after a whirlwind few years touring with her band, the Molotovs. A lot has changed since she left, but two things have stayed the same. One: Eve is head-over-heels in love with Lucien Malikov, the Molotovs’ bad boy lead singer. Two: Lucien is completely indifferent to her.

Still, Eve dreams that this could be the Christmas where she convinces Lucien that they’re made for each other. But when childhood friend and local caterer Theo Wright comes back into her life bringing with him festive cupcake and sausage roll conundrums, Eve begins to question whether her Christmas dreams have been wasted on the wrong man …

My Thoughts

Eve turned out to be one of those characters that you want to reach right into the book and shake her. She is so invested in her infatuation with Lucien that she cannot see what everyone else can: that she should run for the hills and take a certain someone with her. Full of sparkling snow and cosy baking sessions, this is a treat of a read for Christmas this year. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    The contrast between Eve's family and many of the villagers and Lucien's self -centred relatives is written loud and clear. Eve has to learn for herself what her true worth is and where her talent should take her. You can see by Eve's reaction to Maisie, Theo's brother what a caring person she is. Maisie by the way is excellent value and brings some gentle humour to the story. Speaking of Theo, he has masses of good points and is a total contrast to the prima donna that is Lucien. From the very beginning, you are rooting for him.  

In short: festive reading like a huge hug.

About the Author

Jackie Ladbury writes heart-warming contemporary and historical women's fiction that is always guaranteed a happy ever after. From spending many years as an air-stewardess and seeing that it really is love that makes the world go around, she determined to put the same sparkle and emotion into her stories. Her life is no longer as exotic (or chaotic) as it was in those heady days of flying as she now lives a quiet life in Hertfordshire with her family and two cats, spending her days making up stories and finding excuses not to go to the gym.

You can read my review of Air Guitar and Caviar here and Christmas Kisses at Hollywell Hill  here.

You can follow Jackie here: Facebook  |  Website
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Book links: Amazon UK    |  Amazon US

Thanks to Jackie Ladbury and Rachel of  Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.

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