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** My thanks to the wonderfully sparkly Miranda Dickinson and the folks at Pan Macmillan UK for my copy of this wonderfully festive novella **

 

Description:

A wonderfully festive ebook short that will get you excited for the Christmas season, by the author of the bestselling Fairytale of New York.

Heartbroken Cerrie Austin is doing her best to hold it together in the run up to Christmas. Not easy when her cheating ex works in the same school and everyone’s eyes are on her. The last thing she needs is a new teacher meddling in her beloved nativity play, even if he is charming, handsome and a talented musician. The Christmas performance is her pride and joy, and she won’t be undermined.

Seren McArthur has recently returned to her Cornish hometown and is enjoying being close to her family and her oldest friends again. St Ives is at its most magical at Christmas, with fairy lights and tinsel in every shop window, tempting locals and holidaymakers alike as they pick up gifts. But an exciting opportunity is just around the corner: will she stay or will she go?

Meanwhile, the St Ives Christmas celebrations are in crisis: plans for a giant lantern parade through the starlit streets have ground to a halt. As the snow starts to fall, can Cerrie, Seren and their friends Kieran and Aggie rally around in time to save the big day?

My Thoughts & Review:

I make no secret of the fact that I like to read books outside of my favoured genre of crime, thriller, police procedural type things, and when I’m in the mood for something to make my heart happy and restore my faith in human nature Miranda Dickinson’s books are some of the first I will grab.  My love of her writing started with A Parcel for Anna Browne and since then I’ve pretty much bought copies of most of her books without a second thought.  That’s how much I love her style of writing!

When I saw the buzz about Christmas in St Ives on social media I was intrigued, mostly because Miranda hinted about something special coming, something sparkly that fans would be excited about and needed some people to help create a buzz about it.  So like many others, I volunteered and was rewarded with a sneaky preview of what was to come.  One look at the cover of this and I knew I had to find out more, it’s so elegant and eye-catching.

In Christmas in St Ives we meet a cast of characters that I wouldn’t mind befriending in real life, ok well some of them more than others.  The way that each character comes to life through the narrative is exceptionally well done, each of their personalities and quirks shines through as if they were real people.  I loved watching Cerrie coming alive again, finding herself again after the breakdown of her relationship, like watching a rose blossom.  Seren, oh how I wish I could actually see the glass jewellery she makes, the way it’s described in the book conjures such beautiful images in my head and makes me wish I could have seen the window display in the gallery.  She’s such a caring character and her connection with her father really tugged at my heart strings, and reminded me a little of the author in the way that her father was her hero.  Aggie, wow that’s a woman I need to meet!  Peppermint mochas?!  Now that’s a treat I seriously have to try!!  Her cafe sounds so funky and stylish, I may have to steal the idea of the new lights for my kitchen!  Kieran, he has a heart of gold and I really wanted to grab him and give him a little shake at times, tell him to stop being such a wise ass and just take a step forward, be brave…his indecision at times felt so real.

The story is really about relationships, be they between families, friends, lovers.  At the root of it all is a firm foundation of trust and honesty, if those foundations aren’t laid properly then anything on top will surely fall and crumble, and throughout the story we see how the characters falter before realising that they must fix what’s been done before they can build up.

With a short snippet of Somewhere Beyond the Sea at the end of the novella, readers really are spoiled and it’s tantalisingly cruel, after reading it I just wanted to read on and find out what happened next but unfortunately I have to wait until June 2018, suppose I can pretend it’s a birthday present….?

The perfect read to get you in the Christmas spirit and make you feel all sorts of warm and sparkly!

You can buy your copy of Chrsitmas in St Ives now via:

Amazon UK

About the Author:

Miranda Dickinson has always had a head full of stories. Born in 1973 in Wolverhampton, she grew up in Kingswinford and dreamed of one day writing a book that would reach the heady heights of Kingswinford Library… Her first novel, Fairytale of New York (2009) was discovered on Authonomy.com – HarperCollins’ site for unpublished authors. Within three weeks of its release, Fairytale of New York had entered the Sunday Times Top Ten Bestsellers List, where it remained for five weeks – making it the world’s first crowd-sourced bestseller. The novel was also shortlisted for the RNA’s Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2010 at the Pure Passion Awards.

Miranda is a six-times Sunday Times Bestseller, with Fairytale of New York, Welcome to My World, It Started With a Kiss, When I Fall in Love, Take a Look at Me Now, I’ll Take New York, A Parcel for Anna Browne and Searching for a Silver Lining. Her new Christmas novella, Christmas in St Ives, is a festive treat and also a prequel to her ninth novel, Somewhere Beyond the Sea, which publishes in June 2018. She is an international bestseller in four countries and her books have been translated into seven languages. To date, she has sold one million books worldwide. She is currently writing her tenth novel.

Miranda lives in Dudley with her husband, Bob and daughter, Flo. She is also a singer-songwriter and recently released her first solo album, About Time.

Follow Miranda’s vlog at www.youtube.com/mirandawurdy and visit her website: miranda-dickinson.com
You can also follow Miranda on Twitter @wurdsmyth, on Instagram @wurdsmyth and on Facebook: MirandaDickinsonAuthor

 

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