Publisher: Harper Collins UK
Pages: 365 Pages
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.
Carrington’s Department store is thrown into a spin when the staff learn that a hot new reality TV show is to be filmed in-store, featuring the formidable retail guru, Kelly Cooper. Georgie Hart, in charge of Luxury Handbags, is reluctant, but quickly realises that the show could give Carrington’s a new lease of life. With Christmas around the corner, she’s also hoping that the season will deliver her the perfect Christmas present, in the form of Tom, the store’s dishy boss.
When the film crew arrive, things start to go wrong. One of Tom’s old flames, Zara, is working on the show and then, to top things off, Tom and Zara are sent off to Paris and New York for a spot of extra filming. When Georgie settles down in front of the box to watch the first show, worse it to come – Georgie is shown in a far from flattering light and she is horrified to learn what Tom has been up to.
Georgie fears this is turning out to be the worst Christmas ever, but Santa might have a got a little surprise in store for her stocking this year – but she’ll just have to wait until Christmas to find out.
I made the error of reading Christmas at Carrington’s before the first in the series and I stupidly didn’t realise that it wasn’t a novel on is own. However, I didn’t get confused and I actually followed the story quite well; it might be that the depth of the characters is explained more in the other novels.
Georgie is sat at home and relaxing with her friend Sam, when all of sudden she notices her wiggling bum on the screen. She’s shocked to know that Carrington’s (her place of work) has been filmed for a reality TV show. In steps superstar Kelly and her team where they turn the place upside down and change a few “little” things.
I will be the first to admit that I enjoyed Christmas at Carrington’s an awful lot. I was a little worried that I would find it terribly cheesy, but I was pleasantly surprised. Alexandra writes a mesmerising world in Carrington’s and I’d love to work somewhere like that. All staff members are a family and the close relationship is quite endearing.
I liked Georgie’s character because she was just like you and me. She didn’t pretend to be anything she wasn’t and loved to eat a Mince Pie and that to me is a very good thing – everyone should eat a Mince Pie. Her relationship with Tom wasn’t that smooth and she did have some problems, but I think it made her stronger. Personally, I feel she’d be more confident and love herself more if she wasn’t with Tom, but hey that’s just me.
Christmas at Carrington’s was festive, fun and enjoyable. I read it quite quickly, which is nice because it means I enjoyed it.