Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Christmas at Carrington's-Alexandra Brown


A deliciously indulgent read and the follow up to Cupcakes at Carrington’s. Set in Carrington’s Department Store this is perfect for fans of Jenny Colgan.

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…


I read Cupcakes at Carrington's last month (see my review here ) and became completely engrossed with the running, romance and relationships in the seaside department store. 

This festive fix is even better in my opinion-the characters are more finely developed, the humour is sharper and I love the plot.  Our TVs are totally dominated by reality/dramality programmes and I can absolutely envisage Carrington's undergoing a Mary, Queen of Shops type revamp.

Georgie is likeable and real, and Tom Carrington as her love interest is charismatic and intriguing.  Eddie is an absolute gem of a character, full of personality and quirks to keep the laughs and the one liners flowing.

This is a humorous and escapist read, although does also touch on some sensitive issues (one of which was a bit close to home for me and had me sobbing into a Kleenex at how beautifully Alexandra Brown had portrayed the painful emotion involved).  Although this is a festive read it is not too heavy on the Christmas theme so could be enjoyed all year round.

I cannot wait for the next instalment from Carrington's in 2014!

Christmas at Carrington's is out now, published by Harper.


With thanks to the publisher for providing me with a review copy of this book in return for my honest opinion.


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