Friday, 26 December 2014

REVIEW - A Kirribilli Christmas by Louise Reynolds

The Book
Release Date: 2 December 2014
Goodreads Link

Eight years ago Shelby left Sydney for LA, determined to set the world on fire. Now she's nearly broke and her boyfriend has left her alone at Christmas. Lonely and miserable, Shelby finds herself drawn back to the childhood home she thought she'd left behind . . .

Frangipani House now belongs to Dan Sayers, the boy from the wrong side of the tracks who found a new start in Kirribilli. When he spots Shelby dragging her suitcase up the front steps on Christmas Eve, he can't believe his eyes. It's been four years since he last saw her. Then, she'd been aloof, a stranger in designer sunglasses and killer heels, barely acknowledging their shared past.

As Christmas unfolds, Shelby and Dan grow closer than ever before and Shelby begins to see her ramshackle home in a new light. But before she and Dan can have any hope of a future together, they must first confront their past.

My Opinion  2.5 STARS
**My thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Books Australia/Destiny Romance, for providing me with a free copy for an honest review**

The description for Australia and the surrounding area was good in this novella, however I found the  story itself a little lacking.

I found that novella lacked enough telling us why Shelby had left home in the first place and then again when the foster children were together, the frosty atmosphere could not be explained and needed it.  If the novella was a book and these parts fleshed out i'm sure it would make more sense.

Dan is a lovely character, warm and welcoming, however the story moves on quickly and I found the ending a little flat.  Again if this had been a full length novel with more fleshing out this could have been a really decent read.

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