CHRISTMAS AT CARRINGTON'S by ALEXANDRA BROWN.
SOURCE: A GoodReads win.
Georgie Hart loves Christmas time at Carrington’s Department store. Running the luxury handbag department, Georgie adores helping customers in the hunt for the perfect gift for the perfect someone. And this year is no exception – now she has the hunky Tom, Mr Carrington himself, to spend the special day with.
But when Tom springs a surprise, Georgie’s plans are thrown into chaos. Carrington’s is getting a fresh lease of life in a hot new reality TV show, featuring formidable retail guru, Kelly Cooper.
As the first show airs, Georgie is shown in a far from flattering light. Worse is to come when Kelly’s vile daughter appears to get her claws into Tom. Georgie fears this will be the worst Christmas ever, but Santa still has a little surprise for her stocking this year – she’ll just have to wait until Christmas to find out…
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FIRST SENTENCE (Prologue): I never used to believe in lust at first sight.
MEMORABLE MOMENT (Page 179): A few seconds later, Kelly appears; she's crawling on all fours asfast as she can towards the Christmas tree for cover. I make big eyes and pray that my customer doesn't spot her. I bet they don't have Ronald McDonald lookalikes crawling commando-style on the shop floor at Harrods.
MY THOUGHTS: A Carrington Department Store novel (the second in what I believe is to be a trilogy). Given that the main concern of the novel is the events surrounding the filming of a television show this is a fun read no matter what the time of year but with lots of festive goodies (an outdoor ice rink, fake snow and sweet-mince pies) not to mention the section on wonderfully festive sounding recipes such as 'Christmas Baileys Biscotti Milkshake' and 'Christmas stollen slice smothered in dusty white icing sugar with an edible sprig of holly on top' it really is an ideal seasonal story that reads perfectly well as a standalone novel.
A thoroughly modern novel that takes a look at what happens when a dramality show (a television show/series that includes elements of both drama and reality programming) is filmed at Carrington's Department store, Mulberry On Sea, during the run up to Christmas. With the exception of one truly heart wrenching thread to the story Christmas At Carrington's is an amusing and, with all the mention of designer handbags, glamorous chick-lit novel that thanks largely to Georgie and her good friend MA (Man Assistant) Eddie takes a fairly tongue in cheek look at modern relationships, work place romances, the nature of celebrity and the speed at which the social media moves.