Monday, 16 October 2017

Book Review - Christmas at the Dancing Duck by Daisy James - Rachel Reads Randomly Book #73

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Title:  Christmas at the Dancing Duck
Author: Daisy James
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: HQ Digital 
Publication Date: 23rd October 2017
Rating: 5 Stars

The most wonderful time of the year!
Ever since tragedy struck a few years ago, television presenter Kirstie Harrison has hated Christmas – but she didn’t intend to tell the whole country live on air! She needs to lie low for a few weeks, so she’s finally coming home for the holidays, determined that this Christmas will be different…

Staying at the family pub, The Dancing Duck, means it’s impossible not to get caught up in the little village of Cranbury’s festive traditions. And it’s equally impossible to avoid her ex, Josh Turner! Kirstie is torn between making this the best Christmas yet and knowing that she can’t stay forever.

Maybe it’s time to make a holiday wish of her own…?

I started reading this in bed and the opening had me laughing out loud, it was brilliant, and the plot just got better and better from there.

It was a wonderfully festive opening scene, if you are a Christmas food lover you would have been in your element reading the various descriptions, and then like me opened mouthed when Kirstie who had been filing the first of her Christmas cookery specials, was caught live expressing her hatred of all things Christmas. 

So she slinks back to her family's pub The Dancing Duck in Cranbury (what a fabulous village name), only to discover she not only has to run it for a few weeks, but that she has to oversee some big Christmas village events too, while knowing that the pub needs to be sold too. 

There are multiple large Christmas events in the village, a  party, a crafts competition and a cooking contest, and I loved the detailed descriptions of them, I really did feel like I was a fly on the wall watching the festivities. 

Two very different men, one is the man buying the pub, the other is Kirstie's ex - the question in my thoughts for most of the book was which one will she end up with given they represent different parts of her life and directions she could go in. 

Filled with festive food, fun and frolics, Christmas at the Dancing Duck is another fabulous book from Daisy James who is fast becoming an author I need to make a priority when a new book comes out, due to my sheer enjoyment of her work. 

Thank you so much to Netgalley and HQ Digital for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

Thank you to everyone that took part last week, what a great pick you made. Can you find me another book that I love this week, from the selections? 


  1. A huge thank you for the wonderful review, Rachel. And to everyone who voted! Love Daisy

  2. Aww another one that sounds absolutely adorable!


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