Christmas in the Park - Laura Lockington
Reading Challenge Category: Christmas Book
30-something Sarah has finally decided to start her own business. After years of 5 am starts, running around a busy television studio, she has decided to hand in her resignation, and begin her dream of running her own cake making business. Swapping her stylish clothes for tracksuits and an apron she gets to work, and is thrilled when the local café agrees to start selling her treats. And – even better – she starts to get to know the handsome and single owner, David. Working from home also means she can finally do one other thing she couldn’t do with her hectic job – get a puppy. Deciding she wants a rescue dog, Sarah heads off to the local dog’s centre, and tries not to say yes to adopting the whole lot. One beautiful little Dachshund with adorable amber eyes immediately takes a liking to her. And Sarah knows there is no turning back. She bundles Malteaser up and takes him home, and before long he is helping her to meet new people in her local park. But Malteaser can be more than a bit of a handful. And Sarah knows she is no good at disciplining him... So when fellow dog-walker Nick steps in to give her hand she knows she should take his advice. But does he just want to help her out, or is he interested in something else? With an excitable puppy, and lots of orders to bake for the café, could Sarah be taking on too much? And could there be something there with David – or Nick? With Christmas on the way, and the café suddenly coming under threat, things get even crazier. And Sarah has to find a way to create a magical Christmas in the Park...
Well, with that blurb who needs to read the book! I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a big book synopsis ever, I do like to go into a book knowing what I’m getting into, but I do still want to be surprised by it as well. Anyway, this was a very easy and light-hearted book; however, it may have been a bit too simple. Not a lot happens, and you could get away with reading the blurb and not bothering with the book. Sarah has decided to quit her job, bake cakes instead and get a dog. A lot of what did happen was very unrealistic. She bakes a few cakes every day and earns enough to live in London. She also did loads of research about the kind of dog she wanted to get, but then when she has him seems to know nothing about dogs whatsoever. It was very frustrating how she flailed about in the care for the dog. She even said she’d had dogs as a kid, so this wasn’t her first rodeo. I’m the same in terms of love and softness for my pets, but you still need to make sure the basics are covered. The book did speed up a little towards the end, with the dating and the rescuing of the cafe. David wasn’t supposed to be gay, but he was very flamboyant in his mannerisms and speech. Nick seemed like a nice guy up until the point Sarah decided she wasn’t sure about him and then he was written differently like he wasn’t a nice guy. For a short book, it felt much longer than it was, and I was a bit bored at times, yet the ending was very rushed. You are left a little whiplashed with how quick the whole story is summarised at the end. Anyway, it was a good little gap-fill book but not sure I will be looking up anything else by this author.
- Christmas in the Park
- Date Started
- 27th November 2019
- Date Finished
- 28th November 2019
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