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?
I’m happy to be taking part in another festive blog tour today! In case you don’t already know, I ADORE Christmas so I’m always excited to read festive books. They really get me in the mood for Christmas, even if it is only November! In my mind, the Christmas season starts as soon as Halloween is over. 😀
Here’s my review of The Silver Bells Christmas Pantomime by Lynsey James. If you stay till the end, there’s a giveaway! Enjoy!
I was really in the mood for a happy, lighthearted festive novel, and that’s exactly what I got! It was so nice to revisit Luna Bay, the warm and homely location of the previous book in the series. (You can read my review of that here!) The village, a rural hideout in Yorkshire, seems like the perfect setting for a lovely festive story.
The story focuses on Alice, who we briefly met in the previous book. We knew she was quiet, introverted, and tended to hide away. In this book, we found out a lot more about Alice and her backstory. Alice used to be an actress and even performed in a starring role on Broadway.
Without giving away too much, we discover that she tragically lost her boyfriend not long ago and she’s finding it hard to recover. But when Ethan Fox, famous actor and widely-known heartthrob, comes back to Luna Bay after a stint in America, will Alice be able to move on? And how will she cope when she’s suddenly landed in the role of directing the village’s annual Christmas pantomime (which has always been a complete disaster)?
This was the perfect story to cuddle up under a blanket with a huge tub of ice cream. The story was a rollercoaster of emotions. It made me laugh out loud, but also made me want to cry for Alice. I really felt for the characters, and I loved seeing cameos from characters from the previous book. It has a proper chick-flicky feel – I could really imagine it as a feel-good film! I loved the character developments (especially seeing Alice come out of her shell) and the progression of the Christmas pantomime.
If you’re in the mood for cakes, Christmas and break-dancing pensioners, The Silver Bells Christmas Pantomime is the one for you!
As part of this blog tour, there’s a VERY exciting giveaway for a £25 theatre voucher with the ATG theatre group*! How cool! Please note that it is open to UK only.
Click HERE to enter!
*Click here to see a list of ATG venues.
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…