2015 A very bookish Christmas Book Reviews Sphere Vicky Pattison
Book Review: A Christmas Kiss by Vicky Pattison
Blurb: Amber Raey is working all the hours God sends as assistant to one of the country's top fashion designers, and her boss is a complete nightmare. Amber's dream is to launch her own fashion line one day so, for the time being, she just has to grin and bear it. And then opportunity comes knocking and Amber's suddenly on the fast track to the top.
The parties, the glamour, a whirlwind romance - Amber loves every second of her new life. But there's more to this world than its glossy exterior suggests, and when a face from Amber's past reappears, she finds herself in real trouble. With Christmas fast approaching, Amber is drifting further and further away from her family and friends. Can she get her life back on track before it's too late for a merry Christmas?
First of all I would like to thank the publisher for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
Review: Earlier this year I read Vicky's debut, All That Glitters, which I really enjoyed. So I picked up A Chrismtas Kiss ready for lots of fun, humour, love and great characters and I was not disappointed. Similarly to her debut, Vicky writes about a quite down to earth girl, Amber, and catapults her to fame and fortune. But if All That Glitter was all about hairdressing, A Christmas Kiss is all about fashion. Amber is an assistant to a famous designer but her tasks are basically dog sitting and carrying coffee, so when a major fashion house approaches her with a real designer job she is over the moon.
But all that glitters is not gold. Soon she finds herself as the star of all gossip magazines and blogs and her live spirals a bit out of control. Luckly, Amber is not alone in this journey. I certainly liked her roommates and good friends Jess and Tom. They added such a fun spark to the story and you could tell their bond was strong. Also at work Amber found some allies, especially her new boss Alejandro. He was wise and kind and had infinite patience with her.
I really enjoyed reading about all the glamorous locations in the story, especially about New York fashion week. That must be really frantic and crazy and I think Vicky Pattison did a great job describing it all. And then there's the romance line in the story. A mega famous American sweeps Amber off her feet with grand gestures and trips to the most romantic places but what is real and what is not in such a crazy world?
The only thing that disappointed me a little about this novel was that I was expecting something a bit more festive but the story takes place during a whole year and only a small part over the holidays. But this didn't stop me from enjoying the story. It certainly guarantees lots of laughs, romance and great doses of friendship. So if you are looking for a cute quick story to enjoy during the holidays, A Christmas Kiss might be perfect for you!