19 December 2011

The Night Before Christmas by Scarlett Bailey

The Night Before ChristmasThe Night Before Christmas by Scarlett Bailey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

All she wanted was a perfect Christmas...

This is the story of a woman trying to find her happy ending. Lydia hasn't had the best luck when it comes to relationships, something always seemed to go wrong until she met Stephen. Stephen seemed nice enough, stable and secure. Before she realized what was happening, she'd been dating Stephen for two years and had moved in with him & settled into a comfortable life.

Now it's December and with Christmas around the corner Lydia has convinced Stephen into spending it together at her friend's new Getaway Hotel/B&B but she had no idea that when she got there, she'd be snowed in and stuck with her boyfriend, ex-boyfriend and the hot handyman. Now she's got to figure out who and what she wants and quickly because Stephen's about to propose. Obviously, all hell breaks loose.

Lydia's a vivacious and funny character and she had me laughing at various occasions while reading this book. However, I didn't like any of the other characters much. I disliked Stephen from the minute he appeared, Jack was alright till his idiotic excuse for bailing on Lydia & Will, well I didn't know much about him to even form a real opinion. He seemed a little conceited to me, really. Lydia's friends were alright though most of the time they just got on my nerves, like Joanna for example. She wanted to be Samantha from Sex & The City and a clingy girlfriend at the same time and it just didn't work for me. Alex & Kate were alright but again, Jim was just annoying.

Despite my problems with the novel, I think Scarlett Bailey's a talented Chick Lit writer. Lydia is a fun, witty character so I'm sure Bailey could create more like Lydia. 'The Night Before Christmas', though lacking in Christmas festivities, was a magical read! The novel takes place in a - thanks to Scarlett's vivid descriptions - beautiful setting and while the book didn't focus on Christmas much, it did have a holiday feel to it!

I enjoyed reading 'The Night Before Christmas'. Sure, it may not be one of the best Chick Lit I've read but it's a good debut novel nonetheless. Besides, I'm a sucker for happy endings =)


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1 comment:

  1. Liked your review, definitely gonna read this book :D
    Also I love that gif at the end. (Yes, I love One Direction :D)