Sunday 27 November 2016

Book Review - The Silver Bells Christmas Pantomime by Lynsey James

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Title: The Silver Bells Christmas Pantomime
Author: Lynsey James
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: HQ Digital 
Publication Date: 10th November 2016
Rating: 4 Stars

This Christmas pantomime is about to be the talk of the town!
Luna Bay’s festive preparations are well under way and the much anticipated annual pantomime is to be, once again, the highlight of the season. Too bad that the village’s very own actress and darling of Broadway, Alice Woods, isn’t feeling in the mood for Christmas.

Until the pantomime comes under threat and a grief-stricken Alice is forced to push her personal pain aside and step up to direct – after all, the show must go on…

So with (more than) a little help from her new found friends, not to mention one very gorgeous Hollywood A-list celebrity, the play begins to come together, but will Alice finally believe that Christmas is a time for miracles after all?

What an enchanting and heart warming story to lead you up to the Christmas period this year.  I am loving the Luna Bay series of books, and this one definitely kept me interested in the story, and had me smiling quite a lot. 

If you read The Sunflower Cottage Breakfast Club, you will already be slightly familiar with the character of Alice Woods. If you haven't don't worry this is a fully standalone book, although there are plenty of familiar faces to be seen too. 

Alice moved back to Luna Bay a few years ago, after the death of her beloved Jamie, and in doing so has cut herself off from the world, and also has sworn never to go back to the theatre. 

However three years on, she is starting to try to piece together a new life which sees her out and about a bit more. I loved a certain scene near the beginning involving Alice as working as a department store elf, and there are some hilarious bits involved with that, which gave me a sense of hope and entertained me no end as the book starts to get going. 

She after a challenge from her mum also ends up becoming involved in what is usually the disastrous village pantomime, and lets just say all of what she does with the panto, is not what you may expect from the Alice you meet at the start of the book. She really does grow as a character. 

Of course this wouldn't be a  story, especially a Christmassy story, without a potential love interest, so in Luna Bay for a limited time, is a Hollywood actor, who takes a shine to Alice. But are things really going to be that simple,  well of course not because otherwise it wouldn't be a good book!

I was wowed by Alice's vision for Cinderella, and just wish I could have seen it myself, that, combined with her new friendships in Luna Bay, mainly the leading ladies of the previous installments, really turns her life around, which is a pleasure to see. 

I thoroughly enjoyed my third visit to Luna Bay, its a very pleasurable story, that is well written, in Lynsey James' typical way, nicely paced and easy and quick to read through, while being completely captivated by the story. I really loved The Silver Bells Christmas Pantomime, and  think its an excellent addition to this series. 

Thank you to HQ Digital and Netgalley for my copy of this book. This was my honest opinion. 

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