File Size: 1970 KB
Print Length: 384 pages
Publisher: Harper (7 Nov 2013)
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.
Georgie Hart loves Christmas time at Carrington’s Department store. Running the luxury handbag department, Georgie adores helping customers in the hunt for the perfect gift for the perfect someone. And this year is no exception – now she has the hunky Tom, Mr Carrington himself, to spend the special day with.
But when Tom springs a surprise, Georgie’s plans are thrown into chaos. Carrington’s is getting a fresh lease of life in a hot new reality TV show, featuring formidable retail guru, Kelly Cooper.
As the first show airs, Georgie is shown in a far from flattering light. Worse is to come when Kelly’s vile daughter appears to get her claws into Tom. Georgie fears this will be the worst Christmas ever, but Santa still has a little surprise for her stocking this year – she’ll just have to wait until Christmas to find out…
In the prologue Tom arrives at Georgie’s flat and we’re brought up to date with their relationship.
Georgie only finds out about the realty TV show ‘Kelly Cooper Come Instore’ when she’s watching it with best friend Sam (even though Georgie was upset I did think this was very humorous!). Upset that Tom hadn’t told her she hot foots it to his office only to find Kelly and daughter Zara there … and so begins the conflict that pushes Georgie out.
Despite Georgie’s initial reaction to the TV show she quickly gets into it although she does have doubts and can’t decide whether she likes it or not. Thrust into the limelight, the media (true to life) twists things around.
Sadness comes again from Sam’s life (I am really hoping that in the next book, Sam only has something awesome happen!) and conflict from Zara who is arrogant and having had no parenting boundaries … thinks the world owes her. Yes, she is the character that made my blood boil.
With Tom out of the picture sourcing goods abroad, the only time Georgie gets to see him is when ‘Kelly Cooper Comes Instore’ airs on TV and it breaks her heart. Through her celeb status, another love interest comes onto the scene for Georgie – nothing is ever straight forward!
There are changes in her relationship with her dad and this isn’t as smooth as I thought it was going to be.
A sub-plot with the freehold of Carrington’s caused me anxiety but also warms the heart. 🙂
I loved all the haute couture, makeovers and media activity in the store. All the fabulous characters are back … Eddie, Mrs Grace and Annie. Favourite scenes? What happens when Georgie and Sam step out the door of the live televised wrap party (I found this hilarious) and the ice-rink (sigh, so very romantic with a touch of humour).
If you’re feeling in the mood for baking and creating, there’s recipes and cocktails from the story at the end.
There is enough back story that Christmas at Carrington’s can be read alone but I do recommend you read Cupcakes at Carrington’s for the full experience.
I’ve enjoyed becoming lost again in the world that Alexandra Brown creates. Ice Creams at Carrington’s is due out in June 2014 – it’s already on the wish list.
I would like to thank the publishers for accepting my request to review via Netgalley.