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    this will make you wish upon a Christmas dream

    A Christmas Gift by Sue Moorcroft a four-star read that will make you wish upon a Christmas dream. I’m a fan of Christmas fiction, I think its as I’m not such a huge fan of the event itself and like it to be polished and tidy instead, instead of sweaty and crazy like it normally is. This author has a great way with words, she will suck you in and you will be loving Christmas as much as Georgina, whom you will adore as a character, she has such gumption and spark I want to hug her and get her a hot chocolate and just make it all better, I loved her story and how the author goes about telling it. This was a true story of the nice bots of Christmas, the getting together and pulling together, it just makes it all the more special.
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    Performing Arts

    3.5 Stars We've been to Middledip before but to be honest there is little of the village in the book and even less of characters that we already know. This book is very firmly about Georgine and the Academy that she works at, with special cameo appearances by Rich/Joe/JJ. With a sprinkling of seriously ill father, awkward encounters, munificent grandmother in a far away land and doorstepping moneylenders (well, bailiffs but you get the idea) this story felt like a re-worked fairytale; indeed there is so little that actually relates to real life about the characters themselves that it may as well be. Don't get me wrong I did enjoy the book - the writing is witty and does pull you in. It was the plot that I really couldn't get on with. Also, why does everybody have to be redeemed in the end? Yes, I know it is Christmas and a time for belief to be firmly suspended but I did find myself eye-rolling about the absurdity of some of the scenes and the cosy way everything gets resolved. Maybe I was just in the wrong frame of mind when I read it earlier this month but somehow I think the same things would have annoyed me no matter when I read it. The characters aren't all that badly written, they are just somehow pretty flat and predictable on the page. Georgine is a bit of a doormat to be honest and that never really changes throughout the book. Her relationship with Joe/Rich/JJ made rather uncomfortable reading to me and I felt like she was under some sort of evil spell rather than making rational or heart-led decisions about her future. The only relationships that felt halfway normal were the ones between Georgine and her Father and Sister respectively. All that said I must have got some enjoyment from reading it as when I noted the read dates and overall score down in my notebook I did give a fairly solid 3.5 Stars - it seems that in this case my memories of the book would have reduced that down to a 1.5 Stars. In the interests of fairness though I will stick with my initial impression - I only wish I could remember why I rated it relatively highly.
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    Rich to poor Christmas schmaltz

    I liked this but I didn't love it. Georgine (I can't tell you how much that name irritated me) France was the pretty, rich girl at school. But around her nineteenth birthday things changed and she went from pampered princess to pauper. Now she is the Events Director for a local performing arts college called Acting Instrumental. Georgine's fall from grace has been hard: her father lost his construction business; her mother left; she had to drop out of university to get a job; and recently her boyfriend left her with a mountain of debts and dodging debt collectors at the door of her modest home in Middeldip Village. Joe Blackthorn reinvented himself when he left Middledip, the child of an alcoholic he was a kid from a sink estate, often hungry, dirty and poorly dressed. Now the drummer and singer with a successful british band he has had a falling out with his band member and retreated to his home town of Middledip to lick his wounds. His oldest friend and mentor runs Acting Instrumental and he is working incognito as assistant to the Events Director, little does he know that it is his BFF from school, Georgine. It's Christmas, there's a school musical, an incognito rock star, a dedicated teacher, irresponsible siblings, band drama, parental illness and tabloid journalism. i adore Sue Moorcroft's Middledip books but this book slightly missed the mark for me, it felt too safe, too obvious, too predictable. Maybe it's the curse of the Christmas novel. Maybe it's because Georgine just seemed too good to be true. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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