Today I review a new festive story by Geralyn Corcillo, A Drakenfall Christmas. This novella of about 180 pages if the continuation of a love story between a Lord of the Manor and her American wife:
Title: A Drakenfall Christmas (Drakefall #2)
Author: Geralyn Corcillo
Published: October 16th 2016
Blurb: In the spring, Mark and Maisy fell in love in the story "Upstairs, Downstairs… and the Lift in Between." Months later, the magic of Drakenfall is still in the air, and spiced with cinnamon and mistletoe as Mark and Maisy welcome guests and get involved in kerfuffles with staff as they celebrate their first Drakenfall Christmas together.
In an uncharacteristic turn, unflappable house manager Glynis Ferry seems to be getting her duster ruffled every time she catches sight of Shaun Fletcher, the new head groomsman. And Pippa Taylor, a whirling dervish of a domestic, works below stairs to make the magic happen for everyone else, but will there ever be enough magic left over for her? There will if most worthy valet Kafi Cholo has anything to say about it, as he tries to spin holiday magic every which way. But his best laid plans always seem to go awry, even with Maisy helping out as his faithful sidekick.
But what about his grandest of schemes, set to take flight at the Drakenfall Christmas Ball? He's depending on guest Jamie Tovell, who's depending on guest Lea Sinclair. And even if everything goes off without a hitch, will the secret Maisy's been hiding from Mark all season pop up at the most inopportune moment to set everything asunder? It's a Drakenfall Christmas… topsy turvy, but generously sprinkled with laughter and lavishly frosted with romance.
Review: I always find Geralyn Corcillo's stories a lot of fun and above all, very original; and A Drakenfall Christmas is no different in that sense. Set in an impressive English Manor turned resort, this novella tells the story of many characters. At first, I found the whole thing a bit confusing, with so many characters into play and all of them with their own story and background: there's the lord of the manor and his new wife, several members of the staff, some guests and even a story line set in the past that talks about a curse.
But as I started figuring out who was who and what their role in the story was, I started enjoying this story a lot more. It's kind of crazy and chaotic but it does work as a whole. All story lines end up merging for a glorious ending and I was left really satisfied after finishing it.
All in all, I think that A Drakenfall Christmas is a festive and fun story full of love and packed with drama that you can enjoy in an afternoon and with a hot chocolate in your hand. It will definitely make you forget about everything else!
I would like to thank the author for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*