Title: Christmas in London
A charming, glamourous love story set at Claridge's in London during the magical week before Christmas starring a sweet NYC baker and the Cooking Channel Producer who could change her life.
It’s a week before Christmas and Louisa Graham is working twelve hour shifts at a bakery on Manhattan's Lower East Side. When a young cooking show assistant comes in from the rain and begs to buy all the cinnamon rolls on her tray, she doesn’t know what to do. Louisa is just the baker, and they aren't hers to sell. But the show burned the rolls they were supposed to film that day, so she agrees.
The next morning, Louisa finds out that her cinnamon rolls were a hit, but the star of the show was allergic, and the whole crew is supposed to leave for London that afternoon. They want Louisa to step in for their annual Christmas Eve Dinner TV special at Claridge's. It’s a great opportunity, and Digby Bunting, Louisa’s famous baking idol, will be there. Even if he does seem more interested in her than her food.
And then there’s Kate, the show's beautiful producer. On their first day in London she runs into the skinny boy she jilted at St. Andrew's in Scotland ten years ago. Now he’s a handsome, brilliant mathematician, and newly divorced. Their familiar spark is still there, but so is the scar of how they left things. Kate and Louisa are busy preparing for the show, but old and new flames are complicating their work.
Set during London's most festive time of year and filled with delicious food, Christmas in London is about love and friendship, and the season's most important lesson: learning how to ask for and give forgiveness.
Author: Anita Hughes
Published by St Martin's Source: Publisher
Published: October 3rd 2017
Genres: Holiday Theme, Romance
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As many who follow me know, I’m not much of a “holiday” reader. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve picked up a few here and there, but it’s not often. But when my “review boss” asks me to check this out, I couldn’t resist. Sigh…I wish I had.
To say that this author knows how to describe in detail would be an understatement. Although I enjoyed the details of London during the holidays, even the gourmet foods being created, it got to be…distracting after a while. Yes, London is breathtakingly beautiful, especially around the holidays. Yes, at times I wish I had “smell-a-vision” to taste some of the described foods (I’m a total food porn enthusiast). But when I have to read about the different clothes, jewelry, flowers, etc in order to get to the story and the “good stuff”…yep, distracting if not down right annoying doesn’t cover it.
I found both female characters childish. There really isn’t a better way to describe them considering they were pretty self centered and in desperate need of their fairy tale ending. The men were almost worse. For a holiday book, you’d think we’d be reading about all of the romantic things shared and cherished. Nah, not so much in this one. I mean, the sex scenes even lacked some “umph”, if you know what I mean. Maybe that’s the other reason I couldn’t really get in to this. Did we get the little holiday flare and love in the end? Yeah, sure. And if you can make it to the end, you might enjoy it.