Book Review: Christmas at Carrington’s by Alexandra Brown

Christmas at CarringtonsWhat’s it about?

Georgie Hart loves Christmas time at Carrington’s Department store. Running the luxury handbag department, Georgie adores helping customers in the hunt for the perfect gift for the perfect someone. And this year is no exception – now she has the hunky Tom, Mr Carrington himself, to spend the special day with.

But when Tom springs a surprise, Georgie’s plans are thrown into chaos. Carrington’s is getting a fresh lease of life in a hot new reality TV show, featuring formidable retail guru, Kelly Cooper.

As the first show airs, Georgie is shown in a far from flattering light. Worse is to come when Kelly’s vile daughter appears to get her claws into Tom. Georgie fears this will be the worst Christmas ever, but Santa still has a little surprise for her stocking this year – she’ll just have to wait until Christmas to find out…

My thoughts

Christmas at Carrington’s is the sequel to Cupcakes at Carrington’s (see my review here) and we pick up again with Georgie and the majority of the characters from Cupcakes and they’re being flung into the world of reality tv.

There’s some drama, some funny parts, some sad, a villain you’ll love to hate and of course the romance (and the cupcakes). It has the potential to be a great chick lit novel, so why didn’t I love it? I didn’t look forward to reading it and could easily put it down. Unfortunately, it was just a bit flat for me, a little samey and predictable, liked it but didn’t love it.  I got so bored with Georgie towards the end and fed up of the constant endless assumptions, I just didn’t care whether Tom came in to whisk her away or not.  I do love the cover though!

Although this is a follow up novel you could read this as a standalone.  Even though the characters first appear in Cupcakes at Carrington’s this one does explain who’s who and their background stories.

There’s a nice touch at the end of the book which includes some of the recipes mentioned in the book. Great if you love baking!

For Cupcakes and die hard chick lit fans but not for me sorry 😦

Available as Paperback | Kindle

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