Christmas in London

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Christmas in London

"Christmas in London" is a holiday treat! Anita Hughes takes us to London, a perfect setting for holiday merriment. You’re immersed in numerous iconic locations of London - Buckingham Palace, the Christmas displays at Harrods, and more. Each place is explored with detail. And the details continue with the mouthwatering Christmas delights (bread pudding, cinnamon buns, rice pudding, and other yummy treats!). As a baker, Louisa is naturally preoccupied with food, enchanted by the thought of getting the best ingredients for her specialty cakes and desserts. Between the food and the location, the magic of Christmas is simply in the air.

The storylines start out interesting enough. Louisa is recruited at the last minute to fill-in at a holiday baking show when the host unexpectedly has to drop out. It’s a Cinderella-esque moment as she is whisked away to London and thrust into the company of the some of the best chefs in the world. Kate, the producer of the show, also has her Cinderella moments as she hobnobs with the elite of London (including an event at Buckingham Palace). But it’s the romance that misses some magic in this story. The chemistry/relationships/friendships simply aren’t the highlight here. They somewhat fall to the background. But if you love being immersed in magical settings and being surrounded by scrumptious festive food, then you will definitely enjoy "Christmas in London"!

The Story: Louisa Graham is working late at a bakery in New York, when her holiday plans are detoured. Her cinnamon buns are hijacked by a television show assistant, and when it turns out the host of the show is allergic, Louisa is whisked away to London to take her place in a Christmas Eve television special. Surrounded by her idols, delectable festive foods, and the magic of Christmas in London, Louisa is swept away. But with her career on the line, she doesn’t have time for her heart to be swept away as well – even if the show’s assistant is sweet and celebrity chef Digby Bunting is interested in more than her recipes.

Book Blurb for Christmas in London

Set during London's most festive time of year and filled with delicious food Anita Hughes' Christmas in Londonis about love and friendship, and the season's most important lesson: learning how to ask for and give forgiveness.

It’s a week before Christmas and Louisa Graham is working twelve hour shifts at a bakery on Manhattan's Lower East Side. When a young cooking show assistant comes in from the rain and begs to buy all the cinnamon rolls on her tray, she doesn’t know what to do. Louisa is just the baker, and they aren't hers to sell. But the show burned the rolls they were supposed to film that day; so she agrees.

The next morning, Louisa finds out that her cinnamon rolls were a hit, but the star of the show was allergic, and the whole crew is supposed to leave for London that afternoon. They want Louisa to step in for their annual Christmas Eve Dinner TV special at Claridge's. It’s a great opportunity, and Digby Bunting, Louisa’s famous baking idol, will be there. Even if he does seem more interested in her than her food.

And then there’s Kate, the show's beautiful producer. On their first day in London she runs into the skinny boy she jilted at St. Andrew's in Scotland ten years ago. Now he’s a handsome, brilliant mathematician, and newly divorced. Their familiar spark is still there, but so is the scar of how they left things. Kate and Louisa are busy preparing for the show, but old and new flames are complicating their work.

Night Owl Reviews Nov, 2017 3.50