Emily Parker is set to have the worst Christmas ever!
Her flatmate’s moved out, she’s closed her heart to love and she’s been put in charge of the school original Christmas show – with zero musical ability.
Disgraced superstar, Ray Stone is in desperate need of a quick PR turnaround. Waking up from a drunken stupor to a class of ten-year-olds snapping pics and Emily looking at him was not what he had in mind.
Ray needs Emily’s help to delete the photos, and she needs his with the show. As they learn to work together they may just open their hearts to more than a second chance…
I did really enjoy this book, there was more than one occasion where I burst out laughing! And some of those did leave me with questions, like did Lucas’s parents really take his hamster to Harvester for his nan’s birthday meal? And what constitutes a whisk emergency?
Ray and Emily were brought together by a hedgehog called Olivia Coleman, a Christmas concert and a year 6 class. Their story made me smile, with so many ups and downs
Emily is an amazing teacher, the kind that any student wants, the one who promotes what is best for their pupils but also accepting the differences between people and encouraging them to do the same. Emily doesn’t judge people on their outward appearance, something that I think should be done by more people (including me on occasion), but instead on how they make her feel
Ray is a musician who is going through a bad patch and when he meets Emily there are so many stories going round in the press about him that it can be hard to see which way is up. There were also domestic assault claims, something that I think is handled well in this book, which made people wary of Ray. Emily feels safe around him and makes those around her first question her and then accept her opinion and eventually come round to her side of things
This book is written really well and there are some great parts and some things that can’t have been easy to think up (songs especially, but you must read it as I won’t tell!)
Coming up to Christmas I loved Emily and Ray’s story and maybe because its London, with areas I love featured, it just feels closer to home and pulls me in more. I didn’t want this book to end which I always think is a good thing and I would recommend it to so many people! But especially those who love a feel good romance story from an amazing author with various twists and turns (oh and let me know when you meet Idris Elba)
AM 🐾 x
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About the author
Mandy Baggot is an international bestselling and award-winning romance writer. The winner of the Innovation in Romantic Fiction award at the UK’s Festival of Romance, her romantic comedy novel, One Wish in Manhattan, was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Romantic Comedy Novel of the Year award in 2016. Mandy’s books have so far been translated into German, Italian, Czech and Hungarian. Mandy loves the Greek island of Corfu, white wine, country music and handbags. Also a singer, she has taken part in ITV1’s Who Dares Sings and The X-Factor. Mandy is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Society of Authors and lives near Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK with her husband and two daughters.
Mandy has some additional information about some of the stars of this book that I want you to know about
The Power of Hedgehogs by Many Baggot
The main characters in my novel, One Christmas Star are schoolteacher, Emily Parker and troubled musician, Ray Stone, plus thirty-three ten-year olds at Stretton Park Primary School. BUT there are two little characters who have pushed their way into the limelight and have even scored a starring role on the front cover of the novel! Meet Olivia Coleman and Idris Elba – two of London’s declining hedgehog population.
Living in the countryside, I am really used to seeing hedgehogs all the time in my garden, so I never even considered that these cute little balls of spikes might be endangered. But, putting them into my book, a book set in and around Islington, London, I did some research about urban hedgehogs and was alarmed to realise how in decline they actually are.
Back in the 1950s there were over 30 million hedgehogs in London and now, scarily, there are thought to be less than 1 million. In fact, since the year 2000, the hedgehog population has declined by a third. This is huge! There are many, many reasons why this has happened, for example, less natural gardens (more decking and tidier grass spaces) and decline in their prey as we kill the beetles and slugs that are their food with pesticides etc. But the London Wildlife Trust is doing their very best to try to help.
In One Christmas Star, the children of Stretton Park add their sightings of the hedgehogs to an interactive map that helps plot where hedgehogs are living in the capital. This is so an accurate picture of activity can be established. This map isn’t something I’ve made up, it’s very real and it helps the London Wildlife Trust see the areas that need their help the most. You can find out more on their website and even download a booklet that tells you how YOU can help hedgehogs wherever you live.
Here is the link:- https://www.wildlondon.org.uk/hedgehog-help
Olivia and Idris are the secret stars in One Christmas Star and I really hope you enjoy reading their festive story!
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