Count down to Christmas with mistletoe, mayhem, meddling friends and mystery men …
There’s a saying about all work and no play – but there’s never a dull moment for Caroline working at Holly Walk Mall, especially at Christmas. When she’s not dealing with orders from Ian, ‘the manager who can’t manage’ as her friend Rachel puts it, she’s overseeing the usual late-night shopping sessions, Santa’s grotto construction and, most importantly, the sampling of many delicious festive treats at the Italian café her friends Nina and Marco own.
But when a new jewellery shop moves in and brings ‘mysterious guy with the cute bottom’ to Holly Walk, Caro isn’t yet aware just how much mayhem she’s in for in the countdown to Christmas.
With strategically placed mistletoe, revealing cowboy outfits and even a bit of sleuthing, could this festive season turn out to be the liveliest yet for both Caro and her beloved Mall?
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Hannah Pearl was born in East London. She is married with two children and now lives in Cambridge.
She has previously worked as a Criminology researcher at a university in Leicester, as a Development Worker with various charities and even pulled a few pints in her time.
In 2015 she was struck down by Labrynthitis, which left her feeling dizzy and virtually housebound. She has since been diagnosed with ME. Reading has allowed Hannah to escape from the reality of feeling ill. She read upwards of three hundred books during the first year of her illness. When her burgeoning ereader addiction grew to be too expensive, she decided to have a go at writing. In 2017 she won Simon and Schuster’s Books and the City #heatseeker short story competition, in partnership with Heat magazine, for her short story The Last Good Day.
Hannah writes for both Choc Lit and Ruby Fiction. See her Choc Lit novels here …
I thoroughly enjoyed this book – I was hooked right from the start and for once I read pretty much every word. The story is a little different, with a bit of suspense, perhaps slightly predictable but no less interesting and involving anyway. It ended most satisfactorily – all loose ends tied in a nice bow, in almost exactly the way I had decided I wanted it to go. An easy 5 star rating from me for this one.
Entertaining and original
Using the background of a shopping mall is highly original. The plot follows the daily lives of the shopkeepers in the Holly Walk Mall, all micromanaged by Caroline who’s job requires her to be everywhere at once.
With the threat of increased rents, Caro plans to boost business in the lead up to Christmas by extending the opening hours and offering themed late night shopping. But an unpleasant new shopkeeper creates anxiety for those working in the mall, they suspect he’s up to no good. Time for Caro to start investigating.
A great little Christmas book, perfect to dip into during a few quiet minutes.
I loved this book! A delightful story with a “who-dun-it” and a romance. The Mall that Caroline is responsible for and the shopkeepers are her extended family. She will fight tooth and nail for them. On the run up to Christmas things start conspiring against the smooth running of the Mall. As Caroline tries to maintain everything, nothing works until Damien appears. I will say no more which would spoil the story for you. A smile will be on your face most of the time whilst you are reading this.
Caroline is the assistant to manager Ian of Holly Walk Mall. He is very incompetent, irritable, and leaves her to do all the work & sort out all the complaints from the shop holders.
She meets a mysterious stranger who is watching new tenant Christopher Sharp. The stranger turns out to be a police detective called Damian. They meet for coffee and he tells her all about Christopher’s brother who was involved in a jewellery robbery. He thinks Christopher might be storing stolen goods in his shop.
Caroline agrees to keep a watch on him too & inform Damien of any dodgy dealings.
I loved reading this story. The characters were very interesting too,