Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Review: The Christmas Project

Title: The Christmas Project
Author: Maxine Morrey
Publisher: 14th November 2016 by Harper Collins UK HQDigital
Pages: 263 pages
How I Read It: ARC book
Genre: christmas, chick lit
My Rating: 5 cups


Professional organiser Kate Stone has never – NEVER – been tempted to hit a client over the head with a snow shovel, but Michael O'Farrell is the most obnoxious – and heart-stoppingly gorgeous – man she has ever met. If he weren't her best friend’s brother, she would not have waited on his doorstep in the freezing cold for five minutes, let alone an hour.

Kate knows, however, that her job isn’t just about tidying up, sometimes she needs to be part therapist too, and Michael clearly needs her help to declutter his heart as well as his home.

But with the festive season just around the corner there isn’t much time to get Michael’s house ready for the O’Farrell family celebrations, but everyone knows that at Christmas anything can happen…

My Thoughts

“There was a gorgeous man, a lovely dog, a comfy bed and bacon sarnies. If Heaven doesn’t contain those things, then frankly I was far less keen to go.”

Every year around this time, I am in search of a fun chick lit read about Christmas romances. What is there not to love about both, and in the hectic pace of this time of year, one is always in need of light escapism. With just the right balance of fun, wit and a sprinkling of ‘warm fuzzies’, this Maxine Morrey book delivered the goods. My first sample of her writing and sure not to be my last. I loved this book.

“But falling for Michael had been gradual. Unplanned. Unexpected. And now unbearable.”

Is it predictable? Of course! What is chick lit without a HEA (happily ever after). Will you be hooked? Definitely! Why .... well there are a few important reasons. There is the right amount of festivities, given the season; there is a great mix of characters; there is the gradual build up of sexual tension without going over the top. However, the winner for me was the fabulous banter between these two - the shots fired at each other are, at times, hysterical.

‘Add it to my list of faults.’
‘Already done.’
‘How wonderfully efficient of you.’
‘I don’t like to disappoint.’

I also very much appreciated the Jane Eyre references, from the dog named Pilot down to the male comparisons:

“And Rochester so far appears moody, short tempered and frankly a bit of a cold fish. I’m beginning to wonder if there is more to the naming of that hound than your innocent claim of just liking the name?”

Overall, this was a great festive tale that I highly recommend to those who would  like to read something quick and easy that will make you smile and get in the festive frame of mind.

“I loved this time of year–the lights, the decorations, the music. It made me happy.”

This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher and provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The quoted material may have changed in the final release

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