Book Review: The Little Christmas Shop on Nutcracker Lane by Jaimie Admans.

Jaimie Admans manages to write books with so much love and heart. There's been so many things in each book of hers that I've read where I've just nodded my head in agreement at how she explains and describes things. In the case of 'The Little Christmas Shop on Nutcracker Lane,' and all things festive, we were most definitely on the same page once again! 

The Blurb.

Nia Maddison has always believed that wishes come true on Nutcracker Lane. So, when she gets the opportunity to run her own Christmas gift shop on the most magical street in town, it feels like her wishes have been finally granted.

But working late one night, Nia discovers yet another boyfriend has cheated on her. As she trudges home – alone, again – she passes the (supposedly) magical nutcracker and half-joking thinks a wish can’t hurt. Cracking a nut in its mouth, she wishes to find Prince Charming.

The next day Nia gets to work to find another decoration shop has opened directly across the lane from her own, and she can’t resist having a nose around.

Whilst there, she accidentally backs into a human-sized Nutcracker, knocking it over and breaking it. Mortified, she flees from the store but when she gathers her resolve to go back and apologise, she stumbles across the gorgeous shop owner James, who looks exactly like Prince Charming…

Could her Christmas wish from the night before really be coming true?

My Review.

Okay so first things first lets just jump into all the Christmas goodness first, since my tree is up and I'm feeling very festive. In fact, I wasn't sure about putting my tree up so early, but after reading the first few chapters of this book on Saturday, there was no stopping me! Nia's cottage sounded so cute and cosy that I knew I had to get all the decorations out and light up the house with all the twinkly lights and tinsel, which makes it extra magical right now. I love it! Honestly, I couldn't help put smile every time Nia went home, her cottage wrapped me in a warm, festive hug and I adored the nights she spent watching Christmas movies and cooking delicious meals. This is me not giving too much away, but these were some of my favourite scenes. 

As for Nutcracker Lane itself, it sounded idyllic. Imagine the Christmas markets we know and love, but under a roof, so you can stay warm and dry. That would be like the Trafford centre only with a glass roof and every shop being related to Christmas!! How amazing would that be? Each time I picked up the book I was fully immersed into the lane. The descriptions were so vivid I felt like I knew every detail of every shop, it's position and every corner and bend of  the lane. Just thinking about it now makes me feel like I've actually been there on a holiday and back. It was wonderfully magical, with the right about of Christmas cheer, which made my heart happy. 

I loved that Nia was so creative and that she could make whatever she wanted. Woodwork has always interested me, so everything she created for the shop sounded really cool. I'd love to be able to pick up a saw or operate machinery to make my own wooden ornaments or signs. The fact that she and her best friend had joined forces to combine their creative genius was lovely and I definitely wanted to visit their shop. 

James I warmed to from the moment Nia met him. Not least because the Flynn Rider reference I could totally get on board with - Tangled is my favourite! :) James' humour had me giggling into my tea and half the time, I wanted to reach out and give him a hug myself. His cheekiness and one liners were definitely swoon worthy, which made me love the interactions between him and Nia that much more. I loved that they built this friendship and easy going relationship with each other over all things Christmas! :)

Jaimie tied in the story of the Nutcracker so well too. Reading about all the different kinds and the way she weaved in magic and wonder was perfect for a holiday read. I really must read the actual Nutcracker story now! If you're looking for new festive reads to curl up next to the tree with a hot chocolate with, then 'The Little Christmas Shop on Nutcracker Lane,' must definitely be added to your list. Jaimie delivers heart, romance and wonderful Christmas messages in this magical tale. 

Happy Reading!

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