Book review: The Best Little Christmas Shop by Maxine Morrey.

Release Date: 3rd November 2017
Publisher: HQ Digital
Twitter: @Scribbler_Maxi

I feel like today's book recommendation comes at just the right time. In this current winter wonderland snowy bliss that we find ourselves in, what could be more perfect than curling up in your favourite Pyjama's with a giant mug of tea or coffee and a festive, romantic, feel good read on your lap? 

I am a huge fan of Maxine Morrey and a few months ago devoured her previous read "The Christmas Holiday." So, I very much couldn't wait to get stuck into this one. "The Best Little Christmas Shop" did not disappoint. I smiled and felt exceptionally warm and fuzzy with this delightful story. 

I love a small village, where everyone knows each other and where people are friendly and close. The vibe of it all simply makes me happy. I like the idea that people come together and look out for each other and do things as a village. To me, it's very idyllic. The Four Season's shop, that our leading lady, Lexi, and her family own and run, is perfection. If you couldn't tell from the cute name, the shop adjusts to suit the seasons and contains all sorts of goodies. Of course, with the book being based in the Winter and Winter being the season of Christmas, the shop is full to the brim of wreaths, candy, rocking horses, fairy lights and more. It's a rather lovely and romantic backdrop for Lexi to meet a handsome village newcomer. 

Enter Cal Martin. I absolutely adored Cal. There wasn't a thing about him I didn't like. I loved the interactions he had with Lexi and how he could be sweet, yet playful and mischievous, and then with her family and how considerate and thoughtful he was. Cal is a single parent and does everything for his son and it was incredibly endearing seeing their relationship through the pages and how cute and fun it was. Cal's kind and caring nature poured through the pages and he just came across as a wonderful man. He also scored major point for the fact that he fixed up cars.

Now, I haven't skipped over Lexi. Lexi was a blast. I thoroughly enjoyed her upbeat, sarcastic, sometimes negative, stubborn, confident, goofy, sweet and thoughtful nature. I thought it was extremely awesome that she worked in Formula One and loved cars and I wished I knew half as much about them as she Dad would be so proud. There were moments when she had me laughing out loud, like when she speaks out loud but thinks it's in her head, and then there were moments she had me sighing along with her, as I felt myself falling for Cal and his butter wouldn't melt comments and grins. I liked her tomboy ways and how she grew up part of a big family, the only girl and baby to a bunch of brothers, all of whom play gorgeous roles in this story too. They made me think of my brother in how they all looked out for Lexi and how she could talk to them and go to them for advice, while also giving her a hard time and messing with a loving way, of course. Furthermore, I felt for Lexi when she was trying to make a big decision in her life, to leave her family again and head back on the road or possibly stay. It's not an easy choice to make but I was happy with her final decision. Lexi was a very cool, independent, kick ass leading lady, though at times I did get a little frustrated with her for running away and being fearful when it came to her feelings for Cal. Love isn't always easy or straight forward but in some moments I felt like she had ran out of excuses and was using the same one, and as though she was a best friend, I felt like a wanted to sit her down and have a good chat and tell her to go for it. 

If you're looking for a light-hearted, cozy, romantic, winter fairy-tale read, then look no further that this wonderful book. It will warm you up on these cozy nights and without a doubt put a smile on your face. 

Happy reading.


  1. I'm all about a good girly Christmas read. This will definitely be added to my Christmas reading list next year! Nikki x

    1. Aren't they just the best? We love a good Christmas read! Hope you enjoy it! xx