Today it’s my turn on the blog tour for The Best Little Christmas Shop by Maxine Morrey – which I am delighted to take part in.
Genre: Romantic Comedy / Fiction
Publication Date: 3rd November 2017
Available to buy now on Amazon http://amzn.to/2gNN2Yl
About the book
Come home for Christmas to the Best Little Christmas Shop – the snowiest, cosiest place you can be!
Home for the holidays…
Icing gingerbread men, arranging handmade toys and making up countless Christmas wreaths in her family’s cosy little Christmas shop isn’t usually globe-trotter Lexi’s idea of fun. But it’s all that’s keeping her mind off romance. And, with a broken engagement under her belt, she’s planning to stay well clear of that for the foreseeable future…until gorgeous single dad Cal Martin walks through the door!
Christmas takes on a whole new meaning as Lexi begins to see it through Cal’s adorable five-year-old son’s eyes. But, finding herself getting dangerously close to the mistletoe with Cal, Lexi knows she needs to back off. She’s sworn off love, and little George needs a stability she can’t provide. One day she’ll decide whether to settle down again – just not yet.
But the best little Christmas shop in this sleepy, snow-covered village has another surprise in store…
I first came across Maxine a couple of years ago when I picked up her book called A Winter’s Fairytale. I was instantly hooked on her wonderful stories and characters and found myself each year eagerly awaiting news of a new one. We definitely got spoilt this year, as this is Maxine’s second!
Lexi is an ex F1 engineer – used to globe trotting off around the world. She’s currently back at home after her work and personal life all went a little pear shaped and is now helping out in the little family business ‘Four Seasons’ – a shop which at this current time of year sells absolutely everything Christmas related. Not only is her career taking a little back seat, but also her relationship status. That is until single dad Cal and his son George walks into the shop…
Lexi is a bit of a different sort of rom-com character – she’s always been a bit of a tomboy. Growing up being the youngest of 4 children (3 brothers) as well as doing a predominantly male job means she’s a very feisty, stubborn and independent character. Sometimes a little too much so, I just wanted to bang her head and tell her to stop being so stubborn with Cal!
I always love the romance side to this author’s stories. This one had all the usual fun, flirty, will they won’t they moments, but the relationship was definitely a little more slower building than others, but I think this was correctly approached with the single parent issue. I’m a single parent myself and relationships really have to be so much more thought about in this situation, so credit to the author in putting little George at the forefront of both Cal and Lexi’s minds and highlighting these points.
In my reviews I always promise to be completely honest, and whilst I loved the ending of this book in one way, I also felt it was a tiny bit too open. I think it was maybe because I really rooted for the characters – I just wanted to share that next chapter in their special journey with them (even if it was just for another chapter or two).
For this time of the year you can’t lose with a book from this author. You always get a lovely, light hearted, cosy read – that sometimes you just need in life! It’s full of fun, romance, families… and what seems like a sprinkling of Christmas magic. The background characters are all wonderfully likeable ( I esp loved Giselle and Xander) and there’s also a tougher issue or two touched upon as well.
About Maxine Morrey
Maxine has wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember and wrote her first (very short) book for school when she was ten. Coming in first, she won a handful of book tokens – perfect for a bookworm!
As years went by, she continued to write, but ‘normal’ work often got in the way. She has written articles on a variety of subjects, aswell as a book on Brighton for a Local History publisher. However, novels are what she loves writing the most. After self publishing her first novel when a contract fell through, thanks to the recession, she continued to look for opportunities.
In August 2015, she won Harper Collins/Carina UK’s ‘Write Christmas’ competition with her romantic comedy, ‘Winter’s Fairytale’.
Maxine lives on the south coast of England, and when not wrangling with words loves to read sew and listen to podcasts. As she also likes cake she can also be found either walking or doing something vaguely physical at the gym.
Giveaway (UK only)
Do you fancy winning a signed copy of The Christmas Project, The Best Little Christmas Shop notebook, a box of mini ginger bread men, and a chocolate teddy bear? You’d be mad not to want to! Clink of the rafflecopter link below to enter…
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Many thanks to Maxine, Rachel’s Random Resources and HQ Digital for allowing me to be part of this tour. There are a whole host of other wonderful bloggers taking part – please do check out their thoughts too.