Review: Christmas in London by Anita Hughes

I feel like I gained 10 pounds just reading this novel. This is a great foodie lover novel if you are into that sort of thing.

Foodie lit is a new phenomenon for me but one that my tastebuds love and my waistline doesn’t. I love how charming novels like this are and I am surprised how much I loved the food element….needless to say, I devoured a roll of Pillsbury cinnamon rolls while reading this book….#sorrynotsorry.

It’s a week before Christmas and Louisa Graham is working twelve hour shifts at a bakery on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

When a young cooking show assistant comes in from the rain and begs to buy all the cinnamon rolls on her tray, she doesn’t know what to do. Louisa is just the baker, and they aren’t hers to sell. But the show burned the rolls they were supposed to film that day, so she agrees.

The next morning, Louisa finds out that her cinnamon rolls were a hit, but the star of the show was allergic, and the whole crew is supposed to leave for London that afternoon. They want Louisa to step in for their annual Christmas Eve Dinner TV special at Claridge’s. It’s a great opportunity, and Digby Bunting, Louisa’s famous baking idol, will be there. Even if he does seem more interested in her than her food.

And then there’s Kate, the show’s beautiful producer. On their first day in London she runs into the skinny boy she jilted at St. Andrew’s in Scotland ten years ago. Now he’s a handsome, brilliant mathematician, and newly divorced. Their familiar spark is still there, but so is the scar of how they left things. Kate and Louisa are busy preparing for the show, but old and new flames are complicating their work.

Set during London’s most festive time of year and filled with delicious food, Christmas in London is about love and friendship, and the season’s most important lesson: learning how to ask for and give forgiveness (summary from Goodreads). 

This is my second Anita Hughes novel and I have to say, she is growing on me as a writer. Last year I read Christmas in Paris and enjoyed it but for some reason I liked this one better. I have never read any of her other books that aren’t Christmas in nature, but after reading this one, I am interested in the others as well.

There is something about London that just screams CHRISTMAS. Maybe because it’s the home of A Christmas Carol….maybe it’s the Christmas goose, who knows but to me, London is home to Christmas. This book captured the cozy feel of Christmas in London and added to it with the delicious food and charming romance.

This book got me into the holiday spirit. I wanted every single cake that the author described. I often sat there reading with my mind screaming ‘GIVE ME ALL THE FOODS!’. I loved how descriptive her writing was and how it made me feel like I was right there with the characters. Hughes doesn’t just highlight the food, but the city and charm radiate off every page.

I want to be there. Like now. All holiday season.

Hughes captures the feel of Christmas in London and everything about this book made me long to be there too.

Other reviewers weren’t as convinced with the romance as in her other books, but I would have to differ from their opinions. I actually found the romances perfectly fine. A little bland maybe and cliche but for the most part I didn’t feel like they were unconvincing. I mean, aren’t so many holiday romances a little cliche? Why knock this one for being similar in nature? I personally felt like there was a lot to enjoy in this holiday read……a satisfying and charming romance, splendid location, and food to die for!

If you are looking for a holiday read to help get your geared up for the holiday season, don’t miss out on this one!

Book: Christmas in London by Anita Hughes 

  • Kindle Edition, 288 pages
    Published October 3rd 2017 by St. Martin’s Griffin
    ASIN B06XK6QW67
  • Review copy provided by: Publisher/Author in exchange for an honest review

This book counts toward: NA

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  • Books for Challenge Completed: NA

Recommendation: 4 out of 5

Genre: Contempo lit, romance, chick lit, women fiction, holiday lit

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