A Christmas to Remember by Anton Du Beke

I’m slowly catching up on reviews for books I’ve been sent. I read A Christmas to Remember in December 2021 and I’m sharing a mini review today. Thank you to Zaffre Books for this gorgeous paperback book to read and review.

Synopsis:

You are cordially invited to the wedding of the year!

London, 1938.

As the festive season approaches at the luxurious Buckingham Hotel, romance is in the air. The hotel staff
are preparing for a once-in-a-lifetime event – the marriage of chambermaid Nancy Nettleton to debonair demonstration dancer Raymond de Guise.

As wreaths are hung and carols are sung, life at the hotel is busier than ever. Guests arrive from around the world, seeking comfort, relaxation and refuge as tensions build across Europe and whispered rumours of war grow louder.

Behind the scenes, the staff work tirelessly, ensuring the smooth operation of the hotel, not only keeping the
confidences of their guests, but also protecting their own secrets . . .

As Raymond takes Nancy in his arms for their first dance, one thing is certain – this will be a Christmas to remember.

Be swept away by the new breath-taking romantic novel from Sunday Times bestselling author and Strictly Come Dancing star Anton Du Beke.

My thoughts:

This is book three in the series set in the Buckingham Hotel (The previous books are One Enchanted Evening and Moonlight over Mayfair). Although I hadn’t then read the previous books, it was easy to catch up on the history of the characters and to enjoy the story.

Regular readers of my book reviews will know that I enjoy reading historical fiction set in this era, and I’m happy to confirm that I enjoyed reading this book too.

This book features romance, extravagance, poverty and the build up to the Second World War. The Buckingham Hotel is full of secrets, some of which could threaten national security and the lives of the staff and guests. The story flowed beautifully and I enjoyed being taken back in time.

I’m happy to recommend this to readers who enjoy saga style historical fiction and/or watching Downton Abbey. I enjoyed it so much, I read Moonlight over Mayfair next, to find out more about how some of the main characters started their careers at the Buckingham Hotel.

By Karen K is reading

An avid reader from the age of 4. Love escaping into a good novel after a busy day working with students. Mum of teenagers. Adopter of dogs.

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