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Secret Santa by [Bailey, Scarlett]
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4.4 out of 5 stars 75 customer reviews

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Length: 106 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1154 KB
  • Print Length: 106 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Digital (6 Nov. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LO1T0EG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 75 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #122,717 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A lighthearted Christmas tale of love and family, friendship and Father Christmas. Atmospheric and charming. A must read for the season!
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Amazing book
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Oh, Scarlett Bailey, the Queen of Christmas, is back with her new short story "Secret Santa"! It's such a shame that it's only a short story, as it is about Poldore, and I can't have enough of Poldore and its residents. But, okay, no Christmas would be Christmas without a book from Scarlett, no matter if full length novel or a short story, and as "Secret Santa" has left me with a smile on my lips, then I guess I couldn't ask for more.

This time Scarlett concentrates on Sue Montaigne. Sue, that always has everything under control, this time feels that she's losing her grip: their Santa has just retired and she's looking for a new one, but it's not so easy; she's of course the one organising the nativity pageant, and it takes time; Rory has gone AWOL (again) and is not answering his phone; the roof of the castle is leaking and there is no money to repair it; a Hollywood star takes her for dinner...

Oh my, how I felt sorry for Sue! She was a shadow of her previous self and there were moments that I was really scared that she has depression. But well, why do you have friends in the form of Tamsyn, Alex, Cordelia and the whole Poldore if not to help you? Sue was a real star, she has helped all the people after the Great Flood and didn't want anything in exchange, and said nothing that she herself is in troubles. While perhaps earlier I have regarded her as a nosey, busybody, a little arrogant woman, now I have discovered her other side, and I really rooted for her, for this strong, brave, funny person and kept my fingers crossed for her.
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By Suze Lavender TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Nov. 2014
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Sue has got a lot of organizing to do for Christmas. She lives in a small village with a close community and she shoulders a lot of responsibility. She's organizing the nativity pageant and she's the judge at the auditions for a new Santa. She's asked a famous actor to help her out, but unfortunately he can't be there. He is sorry for standing her up though. A mysterious and quite authentic Santa comes to her rescue. He's a bit odd, but perfect for the job. He even asks Sue to tell him her Christmas wishes. He's so easy to talk to, but she doesn't have any confidence that he will make wishes as big as hers come true. Santa can be full of surprises though...
Secret Santa is a wonderful novella. I loved the description of the village and Sue's enormous home with the leaking roof. Santa's grotto sounds really marvelous and I wish I could go there. Scarlett Bailey has created a magic place where everyone would love to celebrate their Christmas. Sue is such a strong and likable person. She has a lot of duties, but she never complains. I loved that Santa wanted to make things better for her, she truly deserved it. The ending of the story put a smile on my face, it's exactly right. This novella is so festive, it immediately got me into the Christmas spirit.
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'Secret Santa' is the story of Sue Montaigne, one of the people who is the heart of the community for the residents of Poldore. After helping out after the recent floods which ravaged the village, Sue is trying to get her own home (well, okay, castle) back together. But there's financial problems, marital problems and Sue is just struggling to cope. It's about to get worse this Christmas when her usual Santa retires before he can put on the red jacket once more, and Sue is at her wit's end in trying to find someone else to be the Santa. Sue decides to rope in local celebrity Blake to try and get a Santa, but to no avail. Just as she is ready to give up, a mysterious stranger called Nick arrived, volunteering to be her Santa. Will Sue accept, and start to get her life back together?!

There was something really touching about this story. Sue, in the previous books, has been quite loud and brash, sticking her nose in everyone's business, helping out the village when she can, but in this book we see a very different side to the character, and I really enjoyed that aspect of it. Her marriage has broken down now that her husband has run off with his latest fancy-woman, the castle is falling down around their ears, and Sue feels like she has no-one to turn to. Of course, residents of Poldore including Tasmyn, Alex and Ruan are more than willing to help if Sue would only admit her problems to them and let them in! Sue is a proud woman, you can understand that, and I felt desperately sorry for her in her spiralling state, she seemed to lost and stuck.

I enjoyed catching up with the previous characters a lot. We met Alex and Ruan in the first book 'Just for Christmas', and Tasmyn was the main character in Scarlett's last book 'Two Weddings and a Baby'.
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I absolutely loved 'Just for Christmas' and 'Two weddings and a baby' last year, so when I heard Scarlett Bailey was back with Secret Santa also set in Poldore, I needed to read it.

This story centres around Sue, Sue inherited a large castle in the village, that had been passed down to her by her ancestors. She has got big financial problems and some with her husband. Sue is really in the heart of the community, she decides to really throw herself into the festivities this year, things are not plain sailing for her, especially when the long running Santa pulls out this year. Sue only has a few days to try and get a new Santa in time for Christmas!

There is a new visitor in the village this year, a famous actor, who Sue has taken a shine to. (Actually I think we all did!)

Although the story is set with the run up to Christmas, there are many issues in it that you can almost be forgiven for forgetting when it is set. A major them in this novella is the break down of Sue' s marriage and the effect she feels this will have on her children. Money worries and the stress this can cause is also a big theme.

I love the mysterious Nick and how his character can really change the dynamics and feelings of the story.

I really loved this short story and has become one of my favourites I have read so far. I am so glad I discovered Scarlett Bailey last year and I hope we will be getting more instalments from Poldore in the future.

I would like to thank the publisher for sending this in exchange for an honest review.
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