Christmas at Carrington's

Christmas at Carrington's - Alexandra Brown (2013)

In this festive sequel, Georgie and Tom are blissfully in love, Sam and Nathan are happier than ever and Eddie, is just, well, he's just the glorious Eddie! When a TV crew turn up at Carrington's store and begin to film scenes for a TV reality show, Georgie isn't sure what is going on. Why hasn't Tom told her anything about this? Kelly, the TV producer, has brought her vile daughter along too and soon, everything Georgie thought was going right in her life seems to be going wrong. Armed with her two BFFs Sam and Eddie, she finds out what is really important in life and may just be happily surprised by what Santa has up his sleeve for her this Christmas... I loved this book. In my eyes, Alexandra Brown can do no wrong and this was just another example of why I love her writing so much. Her characters are believable and loveable (apart from the ones you're supposed to hate!), the pace of the novel is sublime and Alexandra manages to have incredibly moving scenes as well as some of the funniest and slapstick scenes ever. There is one scene in this book involving snow and a helicopter that left me in stiches; I love books that can lift your mood so easily! And, of course, how can you have a book about Carrington's without talk about gorgeous handbags and delectable treats from Sam's cafe? The type of cakes in this book had my mouth watering, and there are recipes at the back. This is a delicious, indulgent novel about cakes, Christmas and the gorgeous cast of eclectic characters that keep the doors of Carrington's open every day. (LL)


Christmas at Carrington's

The festive season doesn't go as smoothly as Georgie expects in Alexandra Brown's sequel, Christmas at Carrington's. The summary says: "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. Life couldn't get any more perfect. But when Tom springs a surprise, all of Georgie's plans are thrown into chaos. Carrington's is getting a fresh lease of life in a hot new reality TV show, featuring the formidable retail guru, Kelly Cooper. As the first show airs, Georgie is horrified to be 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..." Christmas at Carrington's is out in December 2013.

Me and Mr Carrington, a digital short story from Alexandra Brown, is a prequel to her upcoming novel Christmas at Carrington's. The summary says: "Georgie Hart can't believe her luck. It looks like Tom, the hunky boss of Carrington's Department Store, in the picture-postcard town of Mulberry-on-Sea, is as hot for her as she is for him. After a romantic Italian get-together leaves her on Cloud Nine, Georgie is brought back down to earth with a bump when she has to get back behind the counter of the Luxury Handbags section. But when Georgie is left open-mouthed by a revelation from one of her well-heeled customers, it seems like Tom hasn't been entirely honest with her. Has Georgie done her usual trick of adding two and two together to make five?"

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