This week our American cousins celebrate Thanksgiving and with the accompanying Black Friday shopping spree thus begins the official start of the Christmas season. And so dear friends it would be utterly remiss of me if I didn’t have the perfect Christmas book for your enjoyment. Ignore the queues in the shops, put your feet up and enjoy this seasonal delight.
Think Richard Curtis-style London based festive story, add in a few hedgehogs, cross that with a disgraced singer songwriter and soon you’ll be singing along to an extremely unlikely Christmassy version of Shallow in the school nativity play!
Emily Parker isn’t looking forward to Christmas. Her flatmate – and personal chef! – has just moved in with his boyfriend and Emily is left on her own. Life as a teacher for year six students is hugely rewarding but budget cuts at the school see Emily funding personally a lot of the things that she wants to do with them herself and getting emotionally involved with her charges.
Ray Stone can’t really get much lower. His ex-girlfriend has branded him as as an abuser and every paper and television show carries the lurid details of his alleged domestic abuse. To top that off he is struggling to progress his next album for the record company. They think he’s stringing them along and are reluctant to pay an advance on the album. In reality Ray is having real problems with his vocal chords and really needs an operation to fix it before he can sing again.
When Emily’s schoolchildren find a hungover and homeless looking Ray sleeping in the school shed they immediately realise who he is and it is only his efforts to save a hedgehog with a broken leg that begins to win them over.
One Christmas Star is a tinsel bedecked Christmassy delight. I defy you not to unpack the fairy lights and pop on your favourite seasonal music while you curl up and read this book. I fully expect it to hit our screens at some point as its too joyous not to share.
Supplied by Net Galley and Aria in exchange for an honest review.
UK Publication Date: Nov 14 2019. 464 pages.
Prolific reader, enthusiastic theatre and movie-goer and ex-Olivier Awards judge who spent twenty years working in the music industry in London. I love sharing my favourite books with friends - nearly always spoiler-free as I hate reading a synopsis of the whole book in other reviews.