Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Book Review - Christmas Evie by Nicola May

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Title: Christmas Evie
Author: Nicola May
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author supplied review copy
Publisher: Accent Press
Publication Date: 31st August 2015
Rating: 5 Stars

It’s two days before Christmas and Evie Harris finds herself both manless and jobless. After a chance encounter with handsome Greg (and egged on by her toy-boy-eating friend, Bea) she agrees to work at a homeless shelter on Christmas Day. 

Striking up an unlikely friendship with homeless Yves, Evie begins an unwitting journey of spiritual awakening, all set against the sparkling winter backdrop of London. 

A New Year’s Eve revelation is on its way … but will it leave Evie with a happy heart, or will she allow the pre-Christmas past to dictate her future? 

Nicola May has been on my radar for a while as an author I would like to read, and when I was given the opportunity to read Christmas Evie, I jumped on it. 

Christmas Evie, is a short story, that is full of heart and a fabulous message, that you don't need to be materialistic to be happy. 

Evie has had a tough run up to Christmas, losing both her job and her boyfriend, she knows things need to change and soon. While drowning her sorrows in Sherry, she meets Greg and is co-erced into spending Christmas Day helping out a homeless shelter. 

The experience at the shelter and the chance meeting with Yves, is enough that over a short few days of the Christmas period, her life changes radically. 

I loved the various meetings Evie has with Yves and you get to see a side of London, that is just as impressive, but is free to experience. Yves is clearly a spiritual man and the whole way through I had the feeling there was something more to him, than just a homeless man...

Christmas Evie is a short story, which packs a fair amount in, you get a sense of a supporting friendship with Bea, and she has a completely different Christmas period than her normal one. This is the perfect book to read in a lunch hour, or whenever you want a quick read, and well paced snapshot into another persons life. 

This may be short, but for the story that is being told its the perfect size, and has just enough details to get a feel for Evie at least, and just enough description to get a good picture in your mind about the locations featured. 

Christmas Evie is a wonderfully crafted short story, that has given me a valuable insight into Nicola May's writing style and abilities, and I'm very impressed and will certainly be reading more from her in the future.  

Thank you to Nicola May, for this review copy. This was my honest opinion. 

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