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Happy Christmas Eve

Published Date: August 17, 2019

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200 pages


An uplifting, 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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Jackie Ladbury

Jackie writes heart-warming contemporary and historical women’s fiction that is nearly always guaranteed a happy ever after. From spending many years as an air-stewardess and seeing first-hand 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, and she now lives a quiet life in Hertfordshire with her family and two cats, spending most of her time making up stories and thinking up reasons not to go to the gym.
The Potter’s Daughter is Jackie’s debut with Ruby Fiction.


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Reviews (7)


  1. Janine Nelson
    Janine Nelson October 15, 2019 at 12:11 pm .

    This is such a sweet story about Eve who finally has a wake up call and sees the man she has loved, hung on his every word and waited on his every need, Lucien, for who he really is and that the real love of her life is actually closer to home.

    Although the story is set at Christmas time, its not all mince pies and mistletoe and could be read at any time of year, a lovely story.

  2. Yvonne Greene
    Yvonne Greene October 15, 2019 at 7:14 pm .

    Eve is a lovely and very talented person but has been in love with pop star Lucien all her life. Theo, a local baker, feels the same about Eve. We follow Eve on a charming journey to find her true love. A sweet Christmas read!

  3. Barbara p
    Barbara p October 15, 2019 at 9:25 pm .

    This is a tale of three people – the eternal triangle! Eve, Theo and Lucien have known each other for years but the world of music was not for baker Theo. Christmas at home brings Eve a new clarity of vision. What happens is a Christmas present for them all, and you when you read this book. A gentle page turner to read with a glass of mulled wine and a box of chocolates.

  4. Stacey R
    Stacey R October 16, 2019 at 6:29 pm .

    Eve is a Jill-of-all-trades for a boyband led by her childhood crush Lucien. She keeps Lucien’s career going (and his guitars tuned), and someday Lucien will realize they’ve always been meant to be together (I mean, their kiss was fireworks for him too, right?). Then Theo shows up and maybe Eve’s dream happily ever after is the wrong ending for her.

    I LOVED this book. The story was well-paced and I enjoyed every word. Highly recommend!!

  5. Ruth
    Ruth October 17, 2019 at 9:21 am .

    A lighthearted romance that I managed to read during one rainy day.

    There are only three main characters.
    Spoilt, selfish Lucien, lead singer to the pop band Molotov, blindly adored for years by Eve.
    Eve, organiser, PA and general dog’s body to the band Molotov, constantly on the receiving end of Lucien’s countless tantrums. She’s also written Lucien’s hit songs, allowing him to claim total authorship, recognition and all the financial rewards.
    Eve’s other childhood friend, Theo the baker, has changed dramatically in the two years since she last saw him. Eve finds herself hugely attracted to him.

    The characters were plausible and well described, those I was meant to like were likeable, Lucian and his family deserved the seasonal pantomime ‘boo hiss’.

    An ideal book to drop in and out of when you’ve a spare moment.

  6. Vanessa Wick
    Vanessa Wick October 18, 2019 at 10:14 pm .

    A really lovely romantic Christmassy tale, with well drawn characters I could relate to and a battle of festive good and evil. Will snowy love conquer all in the end in this page turner of a short story?

  7. Anne
    Anne November 18, 2019 at 12:53 pm .

    I read this before I’d even began to think about Christmas, but it still made me feel warm inside. Eve has been in love with Lucien for as long as she can possibly remember, convinced that one day they’ll be together and he’ll recognise her talent as both singer and songwriter, and they will have their own happy ever after. But her dream is derailed when she meets Theo again. Can Theo be the one to make her see sense? I read the whole book at one sitting, curled up in front of the fire and loved every minute of it. Jackie writes a compelling love story with some lovely light touches and heart-warming moments that will have you smiling and turning pages to the end. Enjoy! I did.

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