Review: What Happens at Christmas by Victoria Alexander

Posted January 24, 2013 by Suzanne in Reviews / 4 Comments

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Review: What Happens at Christmas by Victoria Alexander
What Happens at Christmas
by Victoria Alexander

4 Stars


Released: Oct 16, 2012
Series: Millworth Manor #1
Published by Kensington
Pages: 352


It was such a funny, heartwarming book, it certainly helped me lift my January blues. ~ Under the Covers

Camille, Lady Lydingham needs to impress a Prince, and she has the perfect plan. She will create a picturesque Christmas for him, just as he has read in Mr Dicken’s novels, including the perfect family, some ice skating and a few carols, surely he will propose to her after that and she will finally be a Princess and have the Prince of her dreams. All she needs to do is a hire some actors to play her family…what could possibly go wrong?

I can hear what you are all thinking…why is she reading a Christmas book in January? Why indeed, I may have been a very bad girl (I am now on Santa’s Naughty List) and forgotten about this book! Which was a HUGE mistake! It was such a funny, heartwarming book, it certainly helped me lift my January blues.

This book was basically a farce, but in a good way, everything that could go wrong with hiring actors to play your family and all the servants did in fact go wrong, and as you can imagine, there is quite a lot of room for things to go tits up! And it was hilarious, I loved every single second of it, reading the witty banter between the characters and reading their reactions to the increasingly ridiculous situation kept a huge smile on my face.

The romance was also very sweet, I started off not sure about Camille, she seemed quite mercenary and shallow at first, but the more I read and got to know her character the more likable she became. The romance though was gentle and sweet so don’t go in inspecting sheets scorching sex.

This is a perfect Christmastime read, it is choc full of humour, quirky families and long lost loves.

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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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Sounds good-thanks Suz!

Lily B
Lily B

This one looked really good, I have not had a chance to read it but I am hoping I will regardless soon 🙂

Maria D.
Maria D.

i haven’t had a chance to buy this one yet either – and I read holiday books year around ….lol

Lori Meehan
Lori Meehan

Thanks Suz for the review. I love historical and Christmas books so its a great combo.