I had a bit of a Christmas novella reading spree this Christmas – partly because I can on holiday in Sri Lanka over Christmas and somehow, reading about snowy, frosty christmasses seemed more appropriate when you’re lying under a fan in a tropical country. I read Alison May’s two Christmas novellas in quick succession.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I bought this book because I read Cora’s Christmas kiss (review below) and really really wanted to know more about ‘Fake Alan’. I was thrilled to find out that the latest Christmas kiss novella was ABOUT Fake Alan.
This is my favourite book of the series (not just because of the Fake Alan thing). We met Jessica in Cora’s Christmas Kiss, where she comes across as a little bit too gentle and weak. In this book you find out why she did what she did and she’s not really weak at all (gentle, yes, but not weak).
Oh and I loved fake Alan and his very unusual backstory. The theories his housemates came up with as to why he called himself Alan had me in stitches.
Good fun for christmas reading!
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I can’t think of a worse way to spend Christmas than working in Santa’s grotto, so the setting of this book had me interested from the start. It took me a while to realise the connection between Cora and the characters in Holly’s Christmas kiss (it’s been a long time since I read the first book in the series), but I was pleased when I got it.
This is a very sweet book and one of the scenes towards the end (I won’t tell you which one, you’ll know it when you get to it) had me on the verge of tears. Great Christmas reading.
Oh, and I REALLY wanted to know more about Fake Alan… who, thankfully, appears in the next book in the series!