Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Secret Santa – by Scarlett Bailey

Original Cover
My own copy

The blurb:

A self-confessed Christmas queen, Sue Montaigne prides herself on organising the annual nativity pageant in her small Cornish village of Poldore.

But this year, what with having to deal with the repairs on Castle House after it was wrecked by a terrible storm, training a new – and frankly flighty – Virgin Mary and managing a Joseph who is allergic to sheep, she is distinctly lacking a little bit of ‘me time’.

And then there are the auditions for the new Santa. But nothing prepares her for the beautiful man who turns up, a twinkle in his eye and a promise to make her Christmas dreams come true…

My Opinion:

Yay, we are back in Poldore! One of the most festive and sweet places, especially around Christmas. If you know Scarlett Bailey’s book, you know Alex, Ruan, Tamsyn and Jed and yes we get to read about them again! Alex and Ruan had some happy news and I couldn’t be more excited about that!

This story is about Sue Montaigne, a 40 years old mum, who is organising Poledore’s Christmas pageant. Her marriage is struggeling and she is very busy. She has to deal with all these roles and who is going to be Santa?!
Somehow it didn’t click with Sue, she’s nice, but I didn’t find a real connection to her.

The Secert Santa/Nick turns up, leaving Sue all confused, but also helping her to see her Christmas dreams… Nick added the right mystery to the story and I think it’s a wonderful way to help Sue see the light.

Hollywood actor Blake is in town over Christmas and he promises her his help with the Santa auditions. When he doesn’t turn up Sue is a bit disappointed, but then he asks her out…
The spark between them was obvious, so I was really curious, how it was going to develop. I liked Blake, he had a quietness and calmness around him and his small sweet gestures were perfect for the story.

A short little Christmas story, in a beautiful setting and with wonderful characters. I loved catching up with all of them and I really think Cordelia (Ruan’s and Tamsyn’s sister) needs her own story now! Scarlett’s writing is beautiful!


My possible cast:

Sue: Holly Marie Combs

Blake: Jude Law

Scarlett on Twitter: @ScarlettBailey

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