I took a week off last week but I’m back and with what will probably be my only Christmas themed book this year but I do love a Jaimie Admans story.
It’s the most magical time of year, and anything can happen…
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?
This book definitely got me in the festive spirit, I can be a bit hit or miss with Christmas themed books depending on how my December is going, but this one was just what I needed this year. A fun and magical book that captures all the great things about Christmas with a bit of romance and community spirit added into the mix.
I kind of wish that Nutcracker Lane was a real place, it sounds fantastic, even though when starting out you know it wasn’t what it once was just hearing Nia speak about it makes it feel even more magical as the book progresses. Plus who doesn’t like a giant nutcracker that grants wishes. I really liked that Nia made it her goal to try and bring Nutcracker Lane back to what it used to be and bring back the wonderful sense of community that she felt when she was a visitor. The ideas that she had to give it a little more magic were great and I loved seeing the small differences as the story goes along.
Nia was such a festive person, I feel like she could inject anyone with some Christmas cheer, she was both whimsical and determined and I liked that she made it her mission to try and un-Grinch James. I quite enjoyed her efforts and the fact that even though he put up a little fight that he was slowly coming around. I did enjoy their chemistry, I maybe wasn’t quite as convinced in Nia’s protestations about being interested in someone who doesn’t like Christmas because I don’t believe you need to like all the same things, but overall it was very sweet.
As with most books that I have read by this author there is something about the setting that pulls you in and creates this cosy warm feeling, perfect for wintery nights, the characters were wonderful and I was keeping my fingers crossed for them from the get go. I think if you are looking for some festive fun and magic then you have found the best book for it in this one.
Reviews of other Jaimie Admans books
The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters | The Little Wedding Island | It’s A Wonderful Night | The Little Vintage Carousel by the Sea | The Little Bookshop of Love Stories