Thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the chance to be a part of the tour for this enchanting book.
Christmas is coming, but not everyone is looking forward to it.
Rebecca has just been dumped and the prospect of spending the holiday period with her parents is less than appealing.
Eighty- two year old Stanley lost his beloved wife, Edie, to cancer. How will he cope with his first Christmas without her?
Jacob’s university degree hasn’t helped him get a job, and it looks like he’ll still be signing on come New Year.
Workaholic Meredith would rather spend December 25th at home alone with a ready meal and a DVD box set. Can anything make her embrace the spirit of the season?
The enigmatic Natalie Hope takes over the reins at the Sugar and Spice bakery and café in an attempt to spread some festive cheer and restore Christmas spirit, but will she succeed?
With a title like The Christmas Spirit, you’d be expecting to find a book filled with Christmasy thoughts and activities… and you’d be right! But not just that, this story comes with Christmas pastry treats too. The protagonist spreads her Christmas cheer from a little Scottish bakery and had my taste buds jumping up in anticipation.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, from the picturesque setting of Loch Lomond to the wonderful people in need of Christmas cheer. Natalie Hope has the task of bringing hope and wonder to 4 people this Christmas, well 5, if we include Sophie… actually Natalie’s actions help a few extra people along the way come to think of it. She’s a fun protagonist to read and her secret mission (one she’s had for a very very very long time) comes to an ultimately successful conclusion. It’s the journey that’s delightful to watch play out.
This book is told from the Omniscient Narrator perspective. It’s been a long time since I read a book that used this technique and I was pleasantly surprised. I think each character is unique enough that the switching of perspectives is clear and seamless.
I found Stanley’s story to be particularly touching and really enjoyed seeing the light slowly seep back into his life. Meredith was not particularly likeable and no full explanation is given for why she is the way she is, but her transformation is believable and welcome. Jacob and his sister find the magic of Christmas together and are determined to make new family traditions; Natalie certainly helps them along the way.
Overall, this is a short, cute read that packs in Christmas delight on every page and brought more than one smile to my face.
I give this story 4/5 Christmasy espresso shots.
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed a copy of this book courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources. All opinions expressed are my own.
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Susan Buchanan lives in Scotland with her husband and their two children. She is the author of four novels: Return of the Christmas Spirit, The Christmas Spirit, The Dating Game, and Sign of the Times. She is currently working on books five and six: The Proposaland Just One Day.
Susan is also a proofreader, editor and translator, and when not working, writing, or caring for her two delightful cherubs, loves reading, the theatre, quiz shows and eating out – not necessarily in that order!
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