Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A Cinderella Christmas by Holly Kingston

4 Star

Lucy Tilley dreams of a career in show business. But this isn't quite what she had in mind...

This year's Cinderella pantomime is the hottest production in town. What's more, Lucy is starring alongside Ryan Aspall: famous TV actor, sex symbol and potential love of her entire life. One teeny problem - Lucy is tripping the light fantastic as... the back end of the comedy cow. Surely nothing kills a flirty moment quite like wearing a massive set of udders?

At least she has the support of glamorous (if potentially flammable) Charmaine; a reality star diva of a Cinderella, who Lucy is completely fascinated by. But behind the fame and beauty, Charmaine is not all she seems. 

With more drama off the stage than on it, and everyone wanting to be star of the show, will Lucy find the confidence to make it out of the cow suit and into the spotlight this Christmas?

Kathryn - 4 Star

This little novel has some great touches!  I was immediately intrigued by Lucy’s musical theatre career and loved that she was given the role of the back end of a dancing cow in the Cinderella pantomime she was working in. I wish though that there had been a bit more surrounding the production and not quite so much focus on the celebrity “actors” taking part in the show. There are a lot of interesting things going on in a show like this and much more could have been made of the other actors, the stage crew and the director.  However I do grasp that in such a limited amount of words you do have to pick your story line and stay quite close to it.

The author primarily focusses on Lucy’s seeming adoration of the female panto celebrity star, Charmaine. Much as I’d like to call Lucy a doormat (as people did in the novel) I actually didn’t feel like she was only in the relationship for the accolades from Charmaine. I think Lucy genuinely wanted to help to get some inside knowledge of the star’s life and although she appeared a little starry-eyed I actually thought she was doing it for her own gain.

I found some love for Lucy’s roommate and thought she was a pretty cool character. I wish more of a role had been given to her as the other friend, fellow panto cow- Ben, turned out to be a bit predictable. Although he really covered the best friend role from every angle I was sort of expecting the final outcome and so was a bit disappointed they weren’t going to maintain their friendship as is.  Wish there had been another party available for Lucy in the Encore… but then it is supposed to be a Cinderella story!

A Cinderella Christmas was a fun and quirky story that made me laugh and pout.  Would love to see what Holly Kingston can give us character-wise with more time to explore each one.

Thank you to Novelicious for our review copy. All opinions are our own. 

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