- 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
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 75 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #112,866 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Sue Montaigne has always been one of my favourite characters, the powerhouse behind the annual Christmas pageant, the saviour of Poldore during the flood, the supreme organiser paddling furiously beneath the surface to keep her family life together. It was lovely to get to know her better, and to see her experiencing a little Christmas joy and romance in her life. The mysterious Nick who takes on the role of Father Christmas is a quite wonderful creation: but it was equally lovely to catch up with Alex and Ruan, Tamsyn and Jed, and there's a wonderfully chaotic Christmas lunch featuring my favourite dog Buoy and his sidekick Skipper.
I guess you don't need to have read Scarlett Bailey's other Poldore books to enjoy this one - but why wouldn't you? Scarlett Bailey is the alter ego - perhaps the badly behaved twin - of Rowan Coleman. So the writing is excellent - wonderful touches of humour, believable characters, a lovely romantic story, a really vivid sense of place, and in this lovely novella all wrapped up in a beautiful small package.This really was a perfect Christmas read - I loved every one of its 106 pages.
The characters in this novella are the same as in the previous novels and so it really is like visiting old friends, catching up with them, this book though focuses on Sue. She has been a kind of linchpin character in the other novels so it was great for her to have her time in the spotlight. What we don't realise in the other novels in how fragile Sue actually is. We see a strong woman who basically rules the village and her massive family of children and dogs. This is a great read because we really get to know her insecurities and see whether other people are prepared to support her as much as she has supported them,.
There is a special celebrity guest/love interest in the novella as well which really heats things up. he is just dreamy and rich and handsome and so he really seems to inadvertently shake things up around the village. It was wonderful to see my name appearing in this book again and I really hope we have another Poldore novel to see what happens to baby mo and the rest of the Poldore gang.
This novella is super-christmasey but without it being rammed down your throat. It centres around a nativity and so there's not too much Christmas spirit going on all the time, but you expect a good dollop of festive cheer with Scarlett Bailey, let's face it. It is structured over the days leading up to Christmas and I really liked that because you knew exactly where you stood. There is an epilogue too, which i loved, but you don't always get them in a novella so that was a nice surprise. I think fans of scarlet bailey will really enjoy this year's festive treat and if you're just looking for something Christmasey to read, you can't go wrong with this author. I hope there's another Poldore novel in the works because I need more of the people and the dogs in my life!
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.
I had no idea how much I missed all the characters and when I started reading this story I felt as if there were no books read in between, as if I have never left Poldore, I immediately felt comfortable and there was this nice, cosy feeling of being back with old friends, with all their news, preparing for Christmas. And nothing changed in Poldore, it was still full of warm, friendly people and gossips travelling with the speed of light. A place where I could really live! Scarlett is a brilliant story - teller, she gives her characters personality and their own voice and let them live their own lives, which are really colourful and vivid.
It was a short story, but nevertheless brimming with action, surprises, humour and this lovely, warm feeling that Scarlett's books are full of. With larger than life, vivid characters, sharp and witty dialogues, and clever, original, heart - melting storyline, it made w brilliant read. Scarlett also adds some magic to the book, but she makes it in such a subtle, light way, and I love Nick/Santa so, so much, he has always something very nice and clever to say. I love Poldore so much that I guess I have nothing against Scarlett writing about every single one of its residents! Highly recommend story, perfect for curling on the sofa with a cup of hot chocolate and cracking fire.
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