Christmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse: The hilarious happy ever after romcom full of love and family feuds Kindle Edition
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"So engaging and witty" Sophie Kinsella, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author
"Gave me the warm and fuzzies. Definitely, one for you to put by for your Christmas reading." BrizzleLass Books
"Well-written and an easy read" Daily Mail
"Lottie was an absolute dream of a character. 5 Stars" Crooks on Books
"Full of fun...I loved it" Cathy Bramley, shortlisted for the RNA Romantic Comedy Novel of the Year 2017 and Sunday Times Top 10 bestselling author
"Completely recommended as a feel-good read. 5 Stars" Shaz's Book Boudoir
"A funny, feel-good romcom... the perfect read to curl up with" FABULOUS magazine
"The storyline instantly pulls you in but the characters and the festive feel make this story a magical CHRISTMAS read that will brighten those gloomy winter days. 5 Stars" For Love of a Good Book
"Fun, flirtatious and fresh" Alex Brown, #1 bestselling author
"From the beginning I loved the story, the setting, and the characters, who made me laugh out loud. It has a wonderful light-hearted charm." Jaffa Reads Too
"Fresh, funny and brilliant" Heat Magazine
"What a gorgeous, sweet novella. It's put me in a lovely mood and made me feel a little festive." Krafti Reader
"This was a lovely novella, the characters are likeable, and once I started reading, I had to keep going to the end, perfect for a Sunday afternoon on the sofa. 5 Stars" author Amanda Prowse, #1 bestselling author of millions of books worldwide
"Wonderfully funny and festive, left me with a huge smile of satisfaction on my face." Jen Med's Book Reviews
"This was such a cute romantic comedy for Christmas! A quick, entertaining and heart-warming read." Chick Lit Chickadees
- ASIN : B075CRQK9G
- Publisher : Notting Hill Press (October 25, 2017)
- Publication date : October 25, 2017
- Language: : English
- File size : 365 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 128 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,576,251 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Written in English terms this story is about a woman who runs a B&B and she's gotten injured in an accident, around Christmas and her niece knows the reviewer for the publication is soon to be there for a few days.
Lottie and her daughter Mabel leave to head there to salvage what they can about the few days and to check on Aunt Kate.
There is so much wrong with the house, the cab driver comes to her rescue, Danny. He can no only cook but helps her get the house ready, inside and out.
Could be comical to some but I see it as serious as things go so wrong and just when things are fixed other things break.
Didn't really care for this story probably because of the England traditions that I am so unfamiliar with.
Top reviews from other countries
Lottie and her daughter Mabel have very little family and Lottie’s Aunt Kate is very important to them. So when Lottie receives a phone call to say that Kate has been in an accident, she drops everything to be with her Aunt and to help her through a very important inspection which may mean the end of her livelihood, an old guest house in a very secluded part of North Wales. But nothing can prepare Lottie for what she will find when she gets there. With no experience and a mammoth task ahead of her, Lottie recruits local man Danny to help her, but neither of them are really prepared for what lies ahead.
Now as this is only a short story, I really can’t say too much more about the plot than that and what is written in the blurb. Needless to say that the guesthouse, as the title would suggest, is far from being in a fit condition to welcome guests and yet welcome them it must. Think of Shelley Long and Tom Hanks in The Money Pit and you are probably along the right track. There is a lot of history and memories tied up in the house … along with a lot of dry rot and undecorated rooms. It will take a Christmas miracle to bring everything up to scratch.
Enter stage left, Danny, the taxi driver, come handyman who strives to help Lottie make the best of her situation. The dynamic between the two is both funny and touching and their slapstick attempts to make a menu worthy of Christmas Day provide some real funny moments. I mean, I can’t cook, but I think even I could have managed slightly better than Danny’s unusual cooking creations.
The family who visit are the family from hell – a creepy husband, the pretentious wife and children who really need to be taught some manners. And alongside them a reviewer whose rating is critical for poor Aunt Kate. He doesn’t give much away and the autor does a great job of keeping his feelings hidden so you really are going to have to read the book to find out whether Lottie and Danny’s efforts were all in vain afterall. The charactersiations of everyone, from Lottie, Danny and Mabel, through to the guests from hell, are all spot on and Lilly Bartlett really does do a great job of capturing the funny quirks of each character and making them larger than life.
This is certainly a book which will warm your heart and make you smile. I raced through from start to finish, the book leaving me with a huge smile of satisfaction on my face. A brilliant little read that I would heartily recommend.
I like reading books about Christmas, and I enjoy short stories.
This kindle edition had two short stories in it.
The first one,about the falling down guest house, was a bit far fetched, but humorous and lighthearted. It was unrealistic, but still fun to read as an escapist story. I enjoyed reading it, but was disappointed with the ending. Even as a novella, the story seemed too short, like it needed a couple of extra chapters.
The second novella, Christmas Carol, was completely different in style. It was better written in my opinion, and less ‘frothy’ than the previous story. It expolores the characters more, and keeps you guessing until the end.
Both novellas were enjoyable to read, but very different. Good for relaxing, and dipping into, if you are short on time.
She is totally undomesticated and is horrified to learn that a reviewer is coming for Christmas with his disfunctional family with the intention of assessing the place for a rating that will allow it to keep open.. She enlists the help of Daniel a local young man with no cooking experience to help her as the B and B is virtually derelict. After several severe mishaps including setting fire to the Christmas table the family departs on Boxing Day and a rating is achieved to help them continue trading. Working together has enabled Daniel and Lottie find a growing affection for each other. If you have ever wondered what taking over a B and B from scratch would be like this is a realistic insight.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it.