Book Review: Christmas Cravings by Emma Hamilton

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Fun and festive, Christmas Cravings is a short and sweet novella with a Christmas backdrop

Christmas Cravings is a festive romance standalone episode from the Greedily Yours series, an eight-part book series about Mia Maxwell, a food blogger on the search for good food and the perfect man.

Christmas Cravings opens with Mia and her friend Lizzie in visiting the Christmas markets in Germany. Snow is on the ground, the Christmas lights are twinkling and the mulled wine is steaming but Mia’s heart is just not in it. She’s no longer on speaking terms with her long-term boyfriend Tom and she’s not really sure why. It is down to her best friend to help sort things out between them but will Mia’s Christmas turn out to be sugar and spice and all things nice or a deflated soufflé of loneliness and regret?

Fun and festive, Christmas Cravings is a short and sweet novella with a Christmas backdrop. While the book is part of the Greedily Yours series, it can be read as a standalone story so you don’t need to have read the other novels to enjoy it. At just 98 pages long, the book is also a quick read, making it ideal for chic-lit lovers who want a short novel for a lazy lunchtime or rainy afternoon.

Christmas Cravings can be described as a mix between a blog, a diary and a recipe book. Author Emma Hamilton’s chatty style of writing is clear, humorous and easy to read. As expected from a book in the Greedily Yours series, food is also a key feature of the book. Every sight, smell and taste sensation is described in delicious detail and the writer is clearly knowledge and passionate about food. There are even a few recipes at the end of the story including Mia’s Boozy Woozy Jamaican Christmas Cake, which is a nice little addition for the reader.

The story is told through a series of flashbacks and blog excerpts from both the past and the present. While this helps the reader to understand the history of the characters, the story feels a little disjointed at times as it jumps between different time periods. Parts of the storyline also feel a little weak. One example of this is the reason for Tom’s behaviour, which when it is finally revealed, is a little childish and silly.

That said, there are plenty of things to like about Christmas Cravings. The characters are likeable and the writing is engaging enough to keep you entertained.  If you’re looking for a light-hearted Christmas novella, then this is the book for you. An entertaining quick read for chic-lit fans and foodies alike.

3 out of 5 stars

Christmas Cravings by Emma Hamilton is available on Kindle from 20 November 2015.

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