One Christmas Star by Mandy Baggott
Emily Parker is set to have the worst Christmas ever!
Her flatmate's moved out, she's closed her heart to love and she's been put in charge of the school original Christmas show – with zero musical ability.
Disgraced superstar, Ray Stone is in desperate need of a quick PR turnaround. Waking up from a drunken stupor to a class of ten-year-olds snapping pics and Emily looking at him was not what he had in mind.
Ray needs Emily's help to delete the photos, and she needs his with the show. As they learn to work together they may just open their hearts to more than a second chance...
It's a joy to see a master at work, and Mandy Baggott is definitely that! From the plotting, to the pace, to the characterisation, the tension, the romance, the setting... the story is a masterpiece of women's fiction and chick lit. It is the perfect balance of humour and drama, although I must say that it was Year 6 who stole the show for me (there's a pun in there, but you need to read the book to find it!). The romantic element is slow burning and intense, perfectly offset by some deeper issues regarding domestic abuse.
Highly and thoroughly recommended.
About the Author
Mandy Baggot is an international bestselling and award-winning romance writer. The winner of the Innovation in Romantic Fiction award at the UK's Festival of Romance, her romantic comedy novel, One Wish in Manhattan, was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists' Association Romantic Comedy Novel of the Year award in 2016. Mandy's books have so far been translated into German, Italian, Czech and Hungarian. Mandy loves the Greek island of Corfu, white wine, country music and handbags. Also a singer, she has taken part in ITV1's Who Dares Sings and The X-Factor. Mandy is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and the Society of Authors and lives near Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK with her husband and two daughters.