Welcome to my stop on the The Silver Bells Christmas Pantomime Blog Tour, written by Lynsey James this book is a beautiful book about grief and love. There is also a fabulous giveaway for those of you in the UK at the end of the post!
This Christmas pantomime is about to be the talk of the town!
Luna Bay’s festive preparations are well under way and the much anticipated annual pantomime is to be, once again, the highlight of the season. Too bad that the village’s very own actress and darling of Broadway, Alice Woods, isn’t feeling in the mood for Christmas.
Until the pantomime comes under threat and a grief-stricken Alice is forced to push her personal pain aside and step up to direct – after all, the show must go on…
So with (more than) a little help from her new found friends, not to mention one very gorgeous Hollywood A-list celebrity, the play begins to come together, but will Alice finally believe that Christmas is a time for miracles after all?
This is our third trip to Luna Bay, as with the other books this can be read as a standalone but threre are a few small aspects of the story which do continue if you have read the earlier books.
We first meet Alice, our star of this book, in The Sunflower Breakfast Club, she briefly appears as a breakfast club member, lonely and isolated and we are left wondering what happened to her and why she doesn’t engage with others from Luna Bay.
Lynsey James has answered our questions with this book and told Alice’s heartbreaking story, a story of love lost and deep, soul crushing grief.
Alice’s Mum has been desperately trying to get her to integrate more and to come out of her shell, she used to be a broadway actress, and now barely leaves her house. We meet her as an elf in the local department store, the same place she runs into Ethan, the owners son and Hollywood superstar.
When her Mum convinces her to help with the Luna Bay Pantomime she recruits Ethan to help and everyone wonders if he can help with Alice’s confidence aswell.
Lynsey James has created a character who is wracked with grief and it is heartbreaking following her journey. Alice is such a relatable character, even if you haven’t been through the same experiences I think it’s nt hard to imagine being in her shoes.
I finished this book with so much love and time for Alice and I hope that everyone who picks up this book feels the same. Luna Bay is a beautiful village with some of the friendliest people and The Silver Bells Christmas Pantomime is the most human of the stories here.
Many thanks to Lynsey James and HQ Digital for a copy of the novel in return for my honest opinion.
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
About Lynsey James:
Lynsey James was born in Fife in 1991 and has been telling people how to spell her name ever since. She’s an incurable bookworm who loves nothing more than getting lost in a good story with memorable characters. She started writing when she was really young and credits her lovely Grandad- and possibly a bump on the head from a Mr Frosty machine- with her love of telling stories. She used to write her own episodes of Friends and act them out in front of her family (in fact she’s sure she put Ross and Rachel together first!)
A careers adviser at school once told Lynsey writing wasn’t a “good option” and for a few years, she believed her. She tried a little bit of everything, including make-up artistry, teaching and doing admin for a chocolate fountain company. The free chocolate was brilliant. When Lynsey left my job a couple of years ago, she started writing full-time while she looked for another one. As soon as she started working on her story, Lynsey fell in love and decided to finally pursue her dream. She haven’t looked back since.
When Lynsey’s not writing, eating cake or drinking tea, she’s daydreaming about the day Dylan O’Brien FINALLY realises they’re meant to be together. It’ll happen one day…
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(UK Only Tour Wide Giveaway)
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Title: The Silver Bells Christmas Pantomime
Series: Luna Bay #3
Author: Lynsey James
Genre: Romance | Contemporary Romance | Chick Lit
Publisher: HQ Digital
Publication Date: 10 November 2016
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Buy: Amazon UK | Kobo