I’m back with a review for Rachel’s Random Resources, this time for a novella just in time to get you in the mood for the holiday season. Christmas at the Chateau by Lorraine Wilson is a delightful feel-good romance that’s perfect to while away a couple of hours in front of the Christmas tree.
Title: Christmas at the Chateau
Author: Lorraine Wilson
Length: 80 Pages
Purchase On: Amazon UK
A Christmas she’ll remember forever…
Poppy is looking forward to spending her first Christmas in France at her boyfriend, Leo’s, Château. And as the snow falls softly around the dramatic castle, Poppy can’t think of anything more magical.
There are new traditions to discover, a cosy Christmas market to explore and best of all, a promise of secret treasure hunt from gorgeous Leo. Only family pressure and uncertainty about her future in France can threaten to cast a shadow over the holiday.
When the treasure hunt takes an unexpected turn Poppy knows for sure this is one Christmas she’ll remember forever.
I have to be honest, the latest tendency towards 1st person POV is beginning to wear a bit thin, but once I got past that, Poppy’s voice flowed effortlessly. Tossing in random information and bits of pieces of her life, it was a quick and fun read.
I thought it was really clever including the story in the form of emails back and forth between the characters. It gave an inside view of the characters’ thought processes and relationships with Poppy – some of which were quite entertaining to read.
As mentioned above, 1st person POV seems to be the prevalent style lately, and although it’s not my favourite Wilson does well to avoid the trap of the self-indulgent MC bemoaning her entire existence. While I would have loved some more development of the characters, it’s hard to fit that into an 80 page novella, and it didn’t detract from the love story that unfolded at a pace that kept me engrossed to the end.
As a fan of treasure hunts, I loved the inclusion of it in the story, and the outcome gave me warm fuzzies.
Romantics at heart, with a love for all things Christmas, and of course, dogs.
Lorraine Wilson writes flirty, feel-good fiction for One More Chapter – a Harper Collins imprint – and is unashamedly fond of happy endings. She loves hearing from readers and feels incredibly grateful to be doing the job she always dreamt of.
She splits her time between the South of France and Cambridgeshire and is usually either writing or reading while being sat on, walked over or barked at by one of her growing band of rescue dogs.
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