2019 · Blog Tour · Book review

Happy Christmas Eve by Jackie Ladbury @rararesources @JackieLadbury @RubyFiction

It’s an absolute pleasure to be sharing my review for Happy Christmas Eve by Jackie Ladbury today as part of the blog tour. Many thanks go to Rachel for the invite and the publishers for the ecopy.

About the book

A heart-warming Christmas story to put you in the mood for the festive season. 

All I want for Christmas is you … or you? 
Eve Halligan is back in her hometown for Christmas after a whirlwind few years touring with her band, the Molotovs. A lot has changed since she left, but two things have stayed the same. One: Eve is head-over-heels in love with Lucien Malikov, the Molotovs’ bad boy lead singer. Two: Lucien is completely indifferent to her. 
Still, Eve dreams that this could be the Christmas where she convinces Lucien that they’re made for each other. But when childhood friend and local caterer Theo Wright comes back into her life bringing with him festive cupcake and sausage roll conundrums, Eve begins to question whether her Christmas dreams have been wasted on the wrong man … 

Happy Christmas Eve is available to purchase now – Amazon

My thoughts

Well if you are looking for a Christmas read to get you in the mood then look no further than Happy Christmas Eve. This is the perfect book to snuggle up with on a cold winters night with a nice mulled wine and cosy blanket, bliss.

Eve has returned to her home town after spending a couple of years touring with the band the Molotovs. Hired initially as a backing singer, Eve has spent her time waiting on Lucien (the bands lead singer) hand and foot and being the general dogs body to the band. Things have to change though but is Eve strong enough to break free?

I have to admit that at the beginning, ok maybe to almost half way through I was getting so frustrated with Eve. She’s clever, she can sing, song write, she can even bake but what occupies her mind is Lucien and it’s clear from early on that Lucien is a complete and utter rat bag and I wanted to tell her and make her see, but when you are in love you can be a bit blindsided and Eve has dreams of love and weddings and getting her happily ever after.

Please don’t think this is me saying anything bad about the story though, it’s honestly not and if anything I praise the author for making feel so attached to Eve, for making me have all the emotions as if I were looking out for a friend. I spent the whole story feeling like I was a part of it which I absolutely adored.

The characters are well formed and believable, all are likeable with the exception of Lucien and I couldn’t help rooting for them and hoping they would get the happy ending they deserved or their comeuppance in some cases.

This isn’t a long book but it had me hooked from first page to last and I was so disappointed when it ended, I just wanted to read more.

I will definitely be recommending Happy Christmas Eve, it’s the perfect holiday read that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy and right in the mood for Christmas.

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About the author

Jackie Ladbury writes heart-warming 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.

To find out more about Jackie Ladbury, check out these pages – https://www.facebook.com/jackie.ladbury

https://jackieladbury.com/

https://twitter.com/JackieLadbury

https://thewriteromantics.com/

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