Book Review #14: The Best Little Christmas Shop by Maxine Morrey

Posted 1st November 2017 by Wattle in Books, Reviews / 14 Comments

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review #14: The Best Little Christmas Shop by Maxine MorreyThe Best Little Christmas Shop by Maxine Morrey
Published by HQ Digital on November 3rd 2017
Genres: Chick Lit, Christmas, Holiday, Romance
Pages: 384
Format: E-Book
Source: NetGalley
Links: Goodreads | Amazon
Rating: two-stars

Come home for Christmas to the Best Little Christmas Shop – the snowiest, cosiest place you can be!

Home for the holidays…

Icing gingerbread men, arranging handmade toys and making up countless Christmas wreaths in her family’s cosy little Christmas shop isn’t usually globe-trotter Lexi’s idea of fun. But it’s all that’s keeping her mind off romance. And, with a broken engagement under her belt, she’s planning to stay well clear of that for the foreseeable future…until gorgeous single dad Cal Martin walks through the door!

Christmas takes on a whole new meaning as Lexi begins to see it through Cal’s adorable five-year-old son’s eyes. But, finding herself getting dangerously close to the mistletoe with Cal, Lexi knows she needs to back off. She’s sworn off love, and little George needs a stability she can’t provide. One day she’ll decide whether to settle down again – just not yet.

But the best little Christmas shop in this sleepy, snow-covered village has another surprise in store…

DNF at 42%

*sigh* I don’t normally review books I don’t finish, however I’m making an exception. I’ve found that I like reading other’s reviews of DNF reads (particularly of books I like!) because it’s neat to get a different perspective.

I was drawn to this novel because of the cover – look at it, it’s so cute! And the synopsis sounded promising. I tried really hard to finish The Best Little Christmas Shop, as I didn’t want to give up on it. But I just couldn’t do it.

It started out so well. Lexi had returned home after a period away and some drama in her work and personal life. Her family runs a store that changes with the season, and in the lead up to Christmas there’s some serious wreath making and decorating going on.

I liked Lexi’s family, well, mainly one of her brothers. Their relationship seemed sweet and I was hoping that feel would continue throughout. But then we met the love interest, Cal, and it all fell apart.

Unfortunately there was no chemistry between Cal and Lexi at all. She seemed to misunderstand most of what he said, only for him to have to reassure her that he didn’t mean it like that.

Another thing that annoyed me was her constant comparisons of herself and other women (eg: her best friend), how she’s not feminine and delicate, what does anyone see in her. Gosh. And there was a passing thought of another lady not having pure intentions when it came to interacting with Cal (heaven forbid he possibly has female friends that aren’t her friends too).

The stereotypes of women really grated on my nerves, I can’t stand it when women put themselves, or others, down because they don’t meet the supposed expectations of society and what it is to be female. I just couldn’t enjoy this story at all; though George, Cal’s young son, was adorable.

I did read the end to make sure I didn’t want to continue to see how that played out, and all it did was make me roll my eyes so…nope.

I’m sure plenty out there will enjoy this book as a bit of fun, Christmassy, escapism. But it just wasn’t for me.

Rating Report
Overall: 2.1

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14 responses to “Book Review #14: The Best Little Christmas Shop by Maxine Morrey

  1. Sorry to see this one was a miss for you. (I mean, that cover! *sigh*) But when there’s no chemistry between the MC’s? Yeah, no where to go after that. And the stereotyping… ugh. Let it go, already! Hope your next read is a hit!

  2. unless there was a reason why she was always doing that I can see how that can be infuriating. Does she have low self esteem? If so why? If not, than, yeah that kind of behavior would drive me nuts.

    • There were hints left as to why she was avoiding a relationship and whatnot but I didn’t get the full story…at least I don’t think I did (and that far into the book I felt like it was a bit late for excuses).

  3. I like DNF reviews too – it can be nice to see what did NOT work for someone. I’m sorry this one didn’t keep your interest. I think I’d be annoyed with the stereotypes of women and all that “drama” as well.


  4. Lack of chemistry can really kill a book, and YES, I know exactly the kind of thing you’re talking about with the women stereotypes. I’ve also read books like that, where every woman other the MC was portrayed horribly, or the MC was constantly thinking mean things about other women, etc. That aggravates me so much.

    • It is so irritating 🙁 I know some women feel threatened by other ladies (or they’re brought up to think like that) but the internalised misogyny and how it’s portrayed really pisses me off; and it’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately.

      I was reading an article about a high profile divorce case here yesterday, and the lady was publicly blaming her ex’s mistress for the downfall of her marriage. Her husband didn’t feature at ALL. It seems so common that women fault other women when it’s the men in their lives that ain’t shit, but they get excused because ‘boys will be boys’.

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