Book Review: I Heart Christmas

Posted: December 10, 2013 in Uncategorized
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I have just finished reading “I Heart Christmas” by Lindsey Kelk. Having read the others in her “I Heart” series, i was delighted to discover this new book just in time for Christmas!

“I Heart Christmas” by Lindsey Kelk (via Amazon)

The blurb reads:

“Angela’s planning her very own fairytale of New York…

• Enormous Christmas tree
• Eggnog
• Eccentric British traditions
• Gorgeous man

But Santa’s throwing her a few curveballs – new job (as if it’s not mental enough already), new baby-craze from her best friend Jenny, and Alex determined they should grow up and settle down. Once friends start turning up uninvited on her doorstep (and leading her astray), can Angela really have a merry little Christmas? So much for happy holidays – something’s got to give…”

It’s great to read more about Angela, the Brit living in New York, working all hours to keep her magazine going, while wistfully anticipating her week off over Christmas to finally relax with her husband Alex. However, with it being Angela, her ideas don’t always go to plan.

Suddenly she’d thrown into a panic when her boss announces that she is going on sabbatical and that Angela is the new editor of the magazine. This also heralds the return of Angela’s enemy Cici who has already tried to ruin Angela’s career several times and who has now turned up declaring that she has seen the error of her ways. But can Angela trust her?

While Angela’s planned Christmas week off slowly starts to fall apart due to work, she also has problems in the shape of her best friend Jenny wanting to have a baby, which brings some bad news from a doctor for Angela. This news also impacts of Angela’s relationship with her husband Alex, who is tired of waiting for Angela to finish work or hanging around with her friends and just wants her to settle down with him. Cue one huge argument in the middle of a shop!

And then there is the unexpected visit from her oldest friend Louisa and her toddler daughter, and the unexpected and imminent arrival of her parents for Christmas.

Angela manages to create more problems for herself by burying her head in the sand and not working through each problem as they arrive. Her husband Alex is her perfect counterpart by being the more sensible one who helps her look at things properly. He calls her out on her actions and forces her to work out the problems she faces. He seems different in this book because it’s not so much about him being a guy in a band now, rather than a man who is trying to get his wife to settle down and start a family. He does seem like an almost perfect husband and you can see why Angela loves him so much.

I love Angela’s story, and her friends are really funny and able to create problems as well as solutions. This book is more about growing up and trying to juggle different responsibilities than any other of the “I Heart” books until now. It’s also just a bit of Christmas fun, with all the drama and stress that is created around the festive season.

I give it 9/10 because it introduces a few new characters and introduces new problems for existing characters. There is plenty of tension and a few moments of thinking about serious life issues, as well as the fun element of Angela trying to make Christmas really special for her and her husband, even down to her Christmas tree which she is a bit obsessed about! It’s worth reading this book if you’ve read the rest of the series!


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