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A funny, romantic, Christmas read
on 24 December 2014
This review was originally posted on www.talesofyesterday.co.uk
This short story is set around Christmas time and is about Ella who's planning to spend Christmas on her own due to losing her parents earlier in the year. Since losing her parents she has tried to completely change her life, but finds that maybe she has stopped living her life in the process. Ella lives and works with her two best friends, Amy, who eats raw bread instead of toast for breakfast and Lee, who looks slightly like Dermot O'Leary (mmmmmmm). Then Joe, the nephew of Ella's boss Patrick, comes along with a bump and turns Ella's world upside down and put the steam back into steamed Christmas Puddings!
This is an absolutely brilliant, romantic, adult fiction love story filled with friendship, romance, moving on and lots of Christmassy feelings. The opening of this story grabbed my attention from the offset with a great reference to Dirty Dancing and great Christmas songs and Christmas film references, snow and a touching snowball fight that is sure to melt anyone's heart.
I loved literally all of the characters and they were all individual and unique in their own ways which for me made me love the story even more. They were all just so real and likeable that it made it impossible for me not to grin whilst reading. Normally when I read a short story it always feels unfinished in some way but with this book yes I could have kept on reading, but the story pulls you in that much that you do not even realise or remember that it's a short story. The humour was absolutely spot on for me as well giving me more than a couple of good chuckles in the mix.
I cannot not talk about this novella without talking about a new discovery that I have never heard of before! MOVIEOKE! Basically the characters in the book work for a company that runs Movieoke nights where by you pick a scene from a film and act it out. So basically Karaoke but acting! I am fully intrigued! I HAVE to try this someday!
Esme Taylor is a pen name for Keris Stainton's adult fiction and is such super fabulous author!
All I Want For Christmas is most defiantly for older readers and I know that there is another Esme Taylor short called Baby One More Time which I am going to read around Valentines Day. I love the way Keris writes as she completely pulls you in as a reader and creates such fab, realistic characters and great stories.
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