Well, hello there! Welcome to my stop on the The Silver Bells Christmas Pantomime Blog Tour hosted by Neverland Blog Tours. I’m so happy to be telling you all what I thought of The Silver Bells Christmas Pantomime by Lynsey James.
The Silver Bells Christmas Pantomime by Lynsey James
Publication Date: 10 November 2016
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?
Guess who’s back, back again. Lynsey’s back... Tell a friend.
I swear it was only 5 minutes ago that it was my turn on the Sunflower Cottage Breakfast Club blog tour, and now Lynsey’s back with yet another book, The Silver Bells Christmas Pantomime. Seriously Lynsey, tell me your book writing secrets… I’ve barely written one in the time it has taken you to write 4! *wails miserably* The Silver Bells Christmas Pantomime is the third book in the Luna Bay series, but do not fear, you can read this book if you are new to the series.
The Silver Bells Christmas Pantomime shines the light on Alice, a young woman struggling to cope with the loss of her partner three years ago. Hiding away from the world, interacting with people as little as possible... she is a shell of her former self. She used to tread the boards at Broadway, and now she can barely leave the house. To take her mind off the upcoming Christmas period, her mum bribes her with an amazing holiday… but to earn it she needs to make some small steps to get her life back on track. One of her mum’s suggestions is to help out with the disastrous local pantomime, but is Alice ready to begin her life again?
I am happy to say that The Silver Bells Christmas Pantomime had Lynsey’s trademark writing style. Through Lynsey’s writing style, we get to know our characters so well, perhaps even better than they know themselves! They feel genuine and most importantly, they have flaws just like real people. Whilst most of us probably haven’t had our name in lights on Broadway, I would guarantee most of us have experienced the loss of a loved one, just like Alice.
Moving on to the characters now, and in The Silver Bells Christmas Pantomime there was a mixture of new and familiar faces. As I have read the previous novels, I had already been introduced to characters such as Lucy, Emily and Diane, but like I said above you do not need to have read them to enjoy this one. I personally appreciate the little nods to the previous novels; it makes me feel as if I am in on a secret! There were also some new characters, and the scary pantomime director, Christabel Grant was my favourite new addition – I wanted more of her! And Ethan… *swoons*. I’m a little jealous a Hollywood star visited Luna Bay… Hey, Ryan Gosling. If you ever fancy visiting an English seaside town, I hear Scarborough is… nice. *flutters eyelashes*
In terms of the story, I appreciate the approach Lynsey took with this Christmas novel. It could have been overly festive and Christmassy but instead Lynsey chose to feature a mature and sensitive topic that does affect a lot of people this time of year – how can you enjoy Christmas, a time for spending with your loved ones, when you have lost the person you loved most in the world? How can you move on when you feel like your life has stopped? Despite the very festive title of the novel, I feel as if though the story was more about Alice, and her journey of beginning to live her life again. I did notice some little inconsistencies in the story, but it is worth noting that I had an advance review copy and these may have been edited and resolved in the final edition.
I awarded 4/5 stars to The Silver Bells Christmas Pantomime on GoodReads. There’s just something about Lynsey’s novels that make me feel good whilst reading. The Silver Bells Christmas Pantomime was the perfect remedy for a terrible cold; I may have been holed up in bed whilst reading, but in my mind I was in Luna Bay. Oh, how I wish it was a real place! Even though I have a feeling that we are now saying goodbye to Luna Bay, I’m so excited to see where Lynsey takes us next. Who knows, she may return one day…
In celebration of the Blog Tour, Lynsey James is kindly offering one lucky person the chance to win a £25 voucher with the ATG theatre group – just in time for a pantomime! However, please note that this is a tour-wide, UK only giveaway.
Thank you very much to Lynsey James for providing me with a copy of the novel, and to Neverland Blog Tours for letting me take part in the blog tour! To find out more about Lynsey, you can follow her on Twitter.