Tuesday 10 January 2017

The Silver Bells Christmas Pantomime - Lynsey James

This Christmas pantomime is about to be the talk of the town! Luna Bay’s festive preparations are well under way and the much anticipated annual pantomime is to be, once again, the highlight of the season. Too bad that the village’s very own actress and darling of Broadway, Alice Woods, isn’t feeling in the mood for Christmas. Until the pantomime comes under threat and a grief-stricken Alice is forced to push her personal pain aside and step up to direct – after all, the show must go on… So with (more than) a little help from her new found friends, not to mention one very gorgeous Hollywood A-list celebrity, the play begins to come together, but will Alice finally believe that Christmas is a time for miracles after all?

(book from netgalley)

With panto season wrapping to a close in most theatres in the country now, its the time i shared my thoughts on The Silver Bells Christmas Pantomime. Having briefly visited Luna Bay before it was nice to visit in the midst of christmas, its a shame some people were not feeling the festive spirit. Alice Woods does not have the special place in her heart for christmas not anymore, not when it holds such special memories. So more than happy to work as a christmas elf in the day, and hide in the evening until this season has passed.

The Silver Bells Christmas Pantomime is the talk of Luna Bay (maybe not the best talk, but non the less the talk) it isnt long before people are suggesting Alice gets involved, especially when her job doesnt exactly work out for her. Opting for a quiet backstage role and keeping her head down seems the best way for Alice to get involved but that doesnt seem to work either (poor Alice isnt have much luck this christmas is she?!)

All that is about to change, when she ends up stepping up to direct the play, and around the same time Ethan arrives on the scene, this whole christmas is about to get a whole lot more interesting. 

Lynsey creates wonderful characters that you can relate too, this book is a heartwarming festive read, but its not just that, its about relationships - moving on and building them. Its about stepping out of your little comfort zone and builing new friendships because after all a girl needs her squad behind her.

This book flows beautifully full of bumps in the road, its all about how Alice handles them, all the characters are well fleshed out and built well so we know them, they all have their own stories. I would reccomend this book over and over again, it really was a lovelt end to the festive season.



Lynsey James was born in Fife in 1991 and has been telling people how to spell her name ever since. She's an incurable bookworm who loves nothing more than getting lost in a good story with memorable characters. She started writing when she was really young and credits her lovely Grandad- and possibly a bump on the head from a Mr Frosty machine- with her love of telling stories. She used to write her own episodes of Friends and act them out in front of her family (in fact she's sure she put Ross and Rachel together first!)

A careers adviser at school once told Lynsey writing wasn't a "good option" and for a few years, she believed her. She tried a little bit of everything, including make-up artistry, teaching and doing admin for a chocolate fountain company. The free chocolate was brilliant. When Lynsey left her job a couple of years ago, she started writing full-time while she looked for another one. As soon as she started working on her story, Lynsey fell in love and decided to finally pursue her dream. She haven't looked back since.

When Lynsey's not writing, eating cake or drinking tea, she's daydreaming about the day Dylan O'Brien FINALLY realises they're meant to be together. It'll happen one day...

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