Lizzie’s Christmas Escape by Christie Barlow

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Title: Lizzie’s Christmas Escape

Author: Christie Barlow

Release Date: October 21st 2016

Pages: 370

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit, Christmas

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Rating:four-stars

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A gorgeous country house hotel, a liberal dusting of snow, a cosy weekend away…what more could Lizzie ask for at Christmas?

Every Christmas Lizzie promises herself that things will change and she will leap into the new year a new woman. And yet here she is again, at the beginning of December and nothing is different. Her girls have grown up and left home, her husband Henry is slumped in front of the TV and she is alone in the kitchen, seeking refuge in the cooking sherry and talking to her Gary Barlow calendar. She’s also been very diverted by handsome new neighbour Marcus and she knows she shouldn’t be …

So when best friend Ann suggests a weekend away in the country, Lizzie jumps at the chance. Will this Christmas escape give Lizzie some much needed perspective and allow her to mend her marriage? Or will Marcus prove to be too much of a distraction?

A funny feel good festive read about rediscovering the magic of Christmas – just the thing to curl up with on a cold winters night.

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Lizzie’s at a low point in her life, her daughters have grown up and flown out of the nest and her husband Henry is only working and watching darts on TV. Life seems miserable until her new neighbor Marcus moves in the neighborhood. They start to spend more and more time together and Lizzie feels happy and loved again. Lizzie knows that sneaking behind her husband’s back is not right, but she can’t help herself. Lizzie’s best friend Ann is trying to make her think before she acts, but no matter what Lizzie decides, she has her back. Marcus seems too good to be true and that’s when the truth starts to come out and it might be too late to get her old and comfortable life back.

I have to admit, I did not expected the story to take this turn, when I read the blurb, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a lot deeper and thought provoking than a usual sweet Christmassy story, but that’s what made this story so special. I was intrigued until the last pages of the book. It was a great story about love, friendship, betrayal and family ties. 

 

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