Christmas at the Crescent - Veronica Henry
Source: Review Copy courtesy of Orion
Behind the gorgeous Georgian sweep of Pelham Crescent, Bath, everyone's getting ready for Christmas...
At Number 14, Josie Ballard is up to her ears in brandy, raisins and cherries as she battles to make forty Christmas puddings to sell at Bath Christmas Market. Ever since Giles walked out the day their baby was born, Josie has had to work twice as hard to make ends meet. Sacrificing a career as a chef, her famous steamed puddings keep her and her gorgeous baby boy Titus afloat. Almost. So when, in the middle of Stir Up Sunday, a new neighbour in the Crescent complains about the noise that Titus is making, Josie gives him a basinful...
Giles, meanwhile, is finding life in the fast-lane with his uber-glamorous new girlfriend Rebecca rather draining. With one party blurring into another, he's now wondering if he hasn't made a terrible mistake in abandoning Josie and his child. Isn't it time he grew up, his mother asks, and Giles is starting to agree. So when he discovers Josie has a handsome new neighbour, Giles decides it's time to step up to his parental duties...
Christmas just got complicated
When I read the blurb to Christmas at the crescent I was so excited to read it. I'm usually disappointed with fab blurbs, but I was far from disappointed when i'd finished it.
We follow Josie Ballard as she is elbow deep in Christmas pudding mix as she prepares for another lonely Christmas with her precious son Titus.
I totally adored this book. It is fabulously written and full of warm, smiley Christmas joy. For a novella I was very impressed at how much detail is in it and how it made you feel like it was a full novel.
An excellent Christmas read with lovely recipes to try too.