Happy Christmas Eve written by Jackie Ladbury, publisher Ruby Fiction (an imprint of Choc Lit UK), is available NOW in ebook and audiobook format.
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A heart-warming Christmas story to put you in the mood for the festive season.
All I want for Christmas is you … or you?
Eve Halligan is back in her hometown for Christmas after a whirlwind few years touring with her band, the Molotovs. A lot has changed since she left, but two things have stayed the same. One: Eve is head-over-heels in love with Lucien Malikov, the Molotovs’ bad boy lead singer. Two: Lucien is completely indifferent to her.
Still, Eve dreams that this could be the Christmas where she convinces Lucien that they’re made for each other. But when childhood friend and local caterer Theo Wright comes back into her life bringing with him festive cupcake and sausage roll conundrums, Eve begins to question whether her Christmas dreams have been wasted on the wrong man …
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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Jackie Ladbury’s latest novel: Happy Christmas Eve.
Happy Christmas Eve is an adorable festive romance in novella size. A perfect size to cosy up with on a cold afternoon with a pot of tea and biscuits … bliss! Novellas are great introductions to new authors and after reading and loving Happy Christmas Eve I will definitely be checking out Jackie Ladbury’s book list.
Eve Halligan has been hopelessly in love with Lucien Malikov since she was a young girl so to be invited to be part of his band two years ago was a dream come true. However, two years down the line and Eve is very disillusioned with Lucien and her life in the band. She’s fed up of her love not being reciprocated and it breaks her heart each time she witnesses Lucien’s womanising ways. She’s also starting to realise that her talents in the band are unrecognised. It’s not until Eve and the band return home for Christmas and to participate in a charity show that Eve’s mind becomes a lot clearer.
Eve reignites her friendship with old school pal Theo who set up his own catering business in his home town. Theo has been harbouring secret feelings for Eve but feels he can’t compete with her unrequited love for Lucien.
Eve’s other love is baking and she’s so pleased to help Theo out in a crisis and it soon feels like old times with great banter and warmth emanating not just from the ovens but from the friendship between Eve and Theo.
Eve knows she has to make a decision on her career and her personal life but she’s finding it so hard to accept the truth. Will the shared love of baking give her some clarity in her decision making?
A lovely festive treat of a read that I wished was a full length novel as I didn’t want to leave Eve and Theo and wanted to learn more about them. Maybe the author may revisit these characters in the future … please 🙂
Jackie Ladbury writes heart-warming contemporary and historical women’s fiction that is always guaranteed a happy ever after. From spending many years as an air-stewardess and seeing that it really is love that makes the world go around, she determined to put the same sparkle and emotion into her stories. Her life is no longer as exotic (or chaotic) as it was in those heady days of flying as she now lives a quiet life in Hertfordshire with her family and two cats, spending her days making up stories and finding excuses not to go to the gym.
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