Christmas is coming and actress Kirsty Castille seems doomed to play the front part of Nag, the Christmas pantomime horse when a surprise audition lands her the lead role as Maria in the Sound of Music.
Even better she bonds with a handsome chef over a piece of squid at her local supermarket, although sadly romance is the last thing on Jake Levy’s mind.
He has a Christmas deadline, an ex-wife to mourn and lots of emotional baggage to drag around. He certainly doesn’t have time for romance and even if he did he wouldn’t fall for someone like Kirsty who craves the limelight: been there, done that.
A misunderstanding leads Jake to offer Kirsty a job in his new restaurant and she takes it purely to convince him that she’s the girl of his dreams.
Her charm offensive begins to work but while he’s cooking up a storm she’s secretly sparkling under the spotlight – until her cover is busted.
The fallout is catastrophic, but as they say in Luvvie Land, the show must go on, even if Kirsty is terrified that she’s taken her last curtain call and ruined her chance for love.
Read on and immerse yourself in this delightful winter romance as the snow starts to fall and Christmas day becomes a magical reality.
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.
If you are looking for some genuine humour in your festive reading, this book is the one. Kirsty is quirky, desperate to be a successful actress, an ideal romantic comedy heroine. Jake, is a successful chef, but his love life is a mess, and he’s never going to get entangled with someone seeking fame again. Even though the attraction is evident for both of them, it seems ill-fated.
The characters are realistic, the author is an astute observer of people and situations. The constant and increasing misunderstandings are humourous, and often a little poignant. The writing style is full of visual imagery and it flows through the reader’s mind like watching a film. This is an essential quality for a romantic comedy, and one this novel delivers on.
The festive element is more a setting rather than intrinsic to the story, but it is an enjoyable read with a lovely happy ending.
Jackie Ladbury writes heartwarming 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.