Chick lit, Feel good, Romance

One Christmas Star by Mandy Baggot

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I had fun with this story. I have been reading a lot of hard-hitting books in the past few days and I wanted something softer and mushier. This supplied both of those qualities while at the same time dealing with a lot of side issues.

This is the story of Emily Parker who is in a rut and is struggling with hopes of a promotion she doesn’t see coming fast enough. She is a teacher at a primary school and has been put in charge of the Christmas show. Ray Stone is a floundering voice sensation who is struggling to maintain a semblance of sanity but a run-in with a hedgehog and homelessness gets their paths crossed, where both Emily and Ray can be of help to each other. What was slightly unique about the take in this story was that despite the lead characters being attracted to each other there is a long time of working together before either of them make a move or actually voice any ‘feelings’. This could have actually been two books with the amount of content in it, since it spans not only their individual issues but also a bunch of ten-year-olds who each seem to bring something interesting into the mix.

It is a long book, but it moves fast enough and hits all the tropes with the right amount of effort and therefore making it appealing.

I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the review is completely based on my reading experience.

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