Review: Christmas at Carrington's by Alexandra Brown (4/5)

Friday 23 May 2014

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!

Okay so about 24 hours ago I asked on Twitter whether I needed to read this book before Alexandra's upcoming Ice Creams at Carrington's and I said I would try and fit it in. Well I've finished it! And I absolutely loved it. The setting in this book is just perfect and I would love to visit Carrington's and eat cakes in Sam's cafe with Georgie. Georgie is just an amazing character and someone I would love to be friends with in real life. She is hilarious, loyal and lovely.

Having read the first in the series Cupcakes at Carrington's I felt immediately at home being back in the store and surrounded by the brilliant cast of characters, and it is such a good cast. I love Sam and Eddie, he is so OTT and hilarious. This time around Carrington's and it's staff are about to become the stars of a new reality TV show created by someone creepily familiar called Kelly and her spoilt bitch of a daughter Zara who I hated with a passion! From the start I was waiting for someone to slap her or for her to get her comeuppance or preferably, both!

I am shamelessly addicted to reality TV, TOWIE and Geordie Shore and could easily see myself being addicted to a show set somewhere like Carrington's. As is the case with reality TV however it is the stuff that happens off screen that is the most exciting, and here that comes in the form of relationship troubles between Georgie and Mr Carrington himself, Tom. He does seem like Mr Perfect and even took in a stray cat and fed it cooked chopped chicken and let it sleep on his bed! I wonder what it is women love about him... I do really like him and Georgie as a couple however and was rooting for them throughout the trouble between them, namely caused by a certain bitch.

The book is incredibly funny but also touches on a sad subject at the same time which I wasn't expecting! Ultimately though it is a feel good read that I am furiously kicking myself for not reading sooner! The title suggests it's mostly about Christmas but it really isn't and could be read at any time of the year. I very luckily have the latest book in the series, Ice Creams at Carrington's ready to read and will be reading it straightaway!


1 comment:

  1. This sounds like a book that I would really like. I will have to give it a try in December. I am a big fan of seasonal reads. Thank you for your review.
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