This follows Lilly, a quiet but kind designer that winds up getting wrapped up in family drama when her Aunt dies and her last letter requests Lilly to join a 12 days of Christmas game to win the family mansion.
Lilly’s mother committed suicide in the maze behind this huge house when Lilly was very young. However, as the game begins and Lilly unravels anagrams in the clues, she realizes there is a lot more to learn about her mother and family… especially, when the other cousins begin to be murdered one by one.
This really gave me great fall and winter/holiday vibes. The perfect read to snuggle up with a blanket and some hot cocoa!
Out October 4, 2022!
Content warnings for violence, death, murder, some gore.
I would do anything to just live in this book. Not for Christmas so much, but because it’s a dream come true!
Bee is an adult film star with a huge fan base. Nolan is an ex-boyband member who is known for being a bit bad. When they separately agree to do a Hope Christmas movie (kind of Hallmark?), neither is prepared to meet each other. Especially because Nolan is Bee’s biggest fan and Bee still nurses a crush for her favorite Ink band member.
I loved this! It’s the whole idea of living out a fantasy with a favorite celebrity but, also, how happy this book made me. It’s the absolute perfect Christmas read for those of us interested in more than Christmas cheer… like a dirty, sugar cookie scented SMASH!
This is a classic that until now I have only seen. I have seen countless movies and stage performances and I must agree with the author of the forward to this book, Anthony Horwitz, that the Muppets version is my all time favorite! I already knew I loved Dickens writing style and this story as I have seen it but I must say that reading it brought me so much joy and it really was a great way to start the Holidays.
Dickens uses the term “Dead as a doornail ” famously in this book. But the descriptive manner in which he states his claim over this now frequently used expression is unparalleled in its form of creativity,
“Mind! I dont mean to say that I know, of my own knowledge, what there is particularly dead about a doornail. I might have been inclined, myself, to regard a coffin nail as the deadest piece of ironmongery in the trade. But the wisdom of our ancestors is in the simile; and my unhallowed hands shall not disturb it, or the Country’s done for. You will therefore permit me to repeat, emphatically, that Marley was dead as a doornail. “
Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
Everyone, I believe has some idea of this story. At least, I believe, we all know Scrooge. And perhaps, we all know A Scrooge in our lives. Dickens relates to us a fantastical tale of an older man set in his antagonistic ways learning within a night and through the help of some ghosts, how important it is to offer everyone kindness and decency. This is a great look during an interesting time period in London, at how human kindness can make a huge difference not just in someone’s personal life but in the lives of others.
This to me just screams Christmas spirit!! I am ready now to figuratively embrace my fellow members of the human race this season in a feeling of love and acceptance. This is what Christmas is about. Presents are wonderful but this feeling of joy and looking for the best in others instead of focusing on the worst is so important. 2019 has been a tough year, but I am prepared to find my inner light and happiness for this holiday season. I mean, if Scrooge can turn a new leaf, then all of us are capable of being kind to others and rejoicing in the Christmas spirit!
I highly recommend this quick and classic read. I thoroughly enjoyed spending an afternoon with Scrooge as he turned himself around into such a kind man that is so different from the “Humbug-ing” man at the start.
Happy Holidays!! Thanks for reading my review and happy reading!!!