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    Tinsel & Baubles

    A gentle enough tale for the Festive Season full of family, decorations and the obligatory touch of snow and romance. Lexi has returned home after blowing her job and is helping out in the fanily's seasonal store which of course means lots of decorations. Something about Lexi doesn't read quite right for me and I could not really get invested in the what had happened between her and Mario and why she had left her job with no notice resulting in her being summarily sacked. She is irritating and keep being told how "good" she is only cemented my feelings about her. She has the sort of family you only read about in books. They all love each other and can say absolutely anything to each other at any time without it resulting in week (or month) long charged silences or feuds. As the only girl of 5 children she has grown up a tomboy and because she has missed so many family functions due to her high flying job they all appear to think she is about 5 and needs their constant correction and permanent fussing over. The will-they-won't-they relationship with Cal Martin and his angelic son George also didn't grip me. Whether I am just faded because I have read so many Christmas themed romances of late I cannot be certain but all I know is this one didn't do it for me. The characters were a little too shiny and polished to be real people and although the village and the store itself were unendingly charming they simply weren't enough to lift this book for me. The writing itself is on the good side of competent and the plotting of the book leads to a nicely paced unfolding of the tale. Sadly, it was a tale I didn't really care for but that likely says more about me than the work of Maxine Morrey. I would definitely give her books another try as I didn't hate it, I just found it all a bit meh.
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    This is a book that you will fall in love with.

    Lexi has returned to her family home after an abrupt ending to her career as a chief engineer for an F1 racing team. She is hurt and disillusioned about what she is going to do next. For now she is concentrating on spending some time with her parents, brothers and their growing families. Whilst back at home Lexi decides to help out in the families little village shop, ‘The Four Seasons’, this is where she first claps eyes on the gorgeous Cal Martin. Cal is a businessman, the boss of her best friend Xander and single father to five year old George. Over the coming weeks the two have an obvious attraction to one another, but when Cal wants to be more than just friends, Lexi pulls away telling him that they shouldn’t see each other again. Lexi is keeping a secret from everyone, and she is not prepared to hurt the man she has fallen in love with, but will Cal just let her slip through his fingers? This is the first book that I have read by Maxine Morrey and if this one is anything to go by I will have to catch up with her previous work. It’s not very often that a book has such a hold on me that I spent until the early hours of the morning reading it, only to pick it up again as soon as I woke up. The plot is very family orientated, which is just perfect for a Christmas book. I can’t say any of the characters irked me. Yes, Lexi and Cal sometimes needed their heads banging together, but they were the characters that made this book so special, not forgetting adorable little George too. I loved the vivid descriptions of a little snow covered village with Christmas decorations everywhere and warm friendly people. Maxine Morrey’s writing style just swept me along as it naturally flowed. I was intrigued to find out what Lexi was keeping to herself, but Maxine certainly made me wait for the answer. This is a book that you will fall in love with. Grab that cuppa, make yourself cosy and dive right into, The Best Little Christmas Shop, where you will laugh, smile, rejoice, but most of all feel warm and fuzzy inside. The perfect book to get you into that Christmas spirit.

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