One Christmas Star, Mandy Baggot
Romance, Women’s Fiction
Bah, Humbug. Women’s Fiction – that infuriates me. Why do we insist on having such an outdated category?
Anyway, the book. I’ve enjoyed many of Mandy’s stories now, I know her writing style and my reading tastes generally mesh well so was keen to read this.
I loved Ray, in bad press and once more its media hype to get headlines, nothing like the truth. Its why I don’t buy newspapers any more, fed up of the lies and half truths they publish. Folk like poor him get their lives derailed in the pursuit of headlines. Rant over 😉
Ray has a lot going on in his personal life too, but somehow when he meets Emily, in the school shed, holding a hedgehog, overlooked by Emily’s year six pupils, he’s a goner. Life keeps on bringing them together somehow, and slowly more develops.
I loved Emily too, such a truly good person, adores her job teaching, and is a gem, one of those teachers who really tries to encourage her pupils, to set them on the right path, give them skills they need in life, and keep them doing the right thing. I just adored her class, a typical primary school mixed bunch, full of a mix of innocence and good ideas……and then of course there’s Jonah and Two LL’s 😉
Its a fun read, with some fairly deep emotion in parts, and a surprise in store over the allegations Ray faces from his ex. Its fiction, its entertainment, but this particular thread is true for many folk, and something too often glossed over. It was good to see it brought forward.
Can’t say more without spoiling, but you’ll know when you get to it, and maybe when you hear of something like this in real life you’ll be understanding, not do the usual reaction.
The play: well. Emily and Ray really knocked it out the park with that – it was fabulous, and I loved the songs, humming them to myself as I read.
Stars: Four, a great fun read, didn’t quite have the magic for me that some of Mandy’s books have had though, it took me a little while to appreciate the story, and warm to the characters.
Arc via Netgalley