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Summary

Escape to a cosy festive bookshop this winter with this pause-resisting and magical treat. 

The brand-new feel-good Christmas novel from Sunday Times top 10 best-selling author Jenny Colgan.

Carmen has always worked in her local department store. So, when the gorgeous old building closes its doors for good, she is more than a little lost.

When her sister, Sofia, mentions an opportunity in Edinburgh - a cute little bookshop, the spare room in her house - Carmen is reluctant, she was never very good at accepting help. But, short on options, she soon finds herself pulling into the snowy city just a month before Christmas.

What Sofia didn't say is that the shop is on its last legs and that if Carmen can't help turn things around before Christmas, the owner will be forced to sell. Privately, Sofia is sure it will take more than a miracle to save the store, but maybe this Christmas, Carmen might surprise them all....

©2021 Jenny Colgan (P)2021 Hachette Audio UK

Critic reviews

"Nobody does cosy, get-away-from-it-all romance like Jenny Colgan." (Sunday Express)

"An evocative, sweet treat." (Jojo Moyes)

"Gorgeous, glorious, uplifting." (Marian Keyes) 

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Great Christmas story

struggled at the start with the narrator's voice...but loved the storyline. Another great story..thanks

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Nice story to escape into for a few hours

I enjoyed the story and the author had created some great characters but I wasn't a fan of the way it was narrated. I think the lead character, Carmen, definitely has an edge of sarcasm to her, but the way it was narrated meant that almost everything she said sounded petulant, disrespectful (who talks to a new boss like that?!) and just made her not very likeable to me. Maybe that's the way the author intended it to be spoken but I think the sarcasm was way too heavy and just got in the way for me.

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Yay Jenny Colgan!

I really enjoyed this one.
A Christmas mix of a story and not too sweet, with a measure of cynicism, sarcastic humour and the usual romance. This is full of literary spice in the form of references to Christmas themed books, mysterious characters and intriguing details about all sorts of things. She's totally taking off the idea of a celebrity, self help industry but in an inoffensive way. I wonder if this is what JC really thinks of such things as yoga, healthy eating, spirituality and self help books, I guess I'll never know.
I also really liked the fact that the main character Carmen was something of an underdog and was totally relatable as a downtrodden younger sibling.
I think this is one I'll listen to again.

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Just a gorgeous listen from start to finish

Loved the story and the narrator was so easy to listen to. Very enjoyable

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Disapointing

Unfortunately this was a disappointing listen. I have enjoyed Jenny Colghans books in the past but this lacked the usual warmth in the characters and story.

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A Christmas gift

I loved it! A proper feelgood light story, easy to listen to and enjoy.

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Really.enjoyed it

Funny, light hearted, full of sarcasm , which I adore. obviously now English is on.the back burner, learned instead of learnt etc, unsure if we had the sink in bathroom instead of a basin as all do now. must be for the Yanks, as is no one wears high heels in books only pumps.

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perfect Christmas book

loved every moment of this book. can't wait to visit Edinburgh once again. Brilliant

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It was cute

The voices were really annoying (especially the children). Story was a little predictable, but a sweet listen to take you through a festive season.

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Enjoyable story

I really enjoyed this story it was a very immersive ,addictive and a lovely festive audio book

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Feel good christmas story

Feel good christmas story. Nice to meet Mr. Ramsey and family again even though just passing by.