A Christmas to Remember: The festive feel-good romance from the Sunday Times bestselling author, Anton Du Beke (The Buckingham Hotel)
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The third person POV allowed me to connect with all these different characters and they were so distinctive I was quickly able to set them apart. Although I haven’t read the previous books in the series and some of the references to past events therefore didn’t mean much to me, I was easily able to follow the storyline and dive straight into the world of the Buckingham hotel.
Just imagine Archie Adams striking up his band as we step back in time, together, into the Grand Ballroom at the Buckingham Hotel – and we dance like it’s 1938! The taverna is the only place that Kostas and Defne can meet in secret, hidden beneath the blackened beams from which hang garlands of garlic and chilli peppers, creeping honeysuckle, and in the centre, growing through a cavity in the roof, a fig tree. When staff at the Buckingham discover some shocking news, they all know life in the hotel will never be the same again.
But I did find it a slog - it was hard going in places and took me much longer to read than a book often does. 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. Our team is made up of book lovers who are dedicated to sourcing and providing the best books for kids.
Anton is one of the most instantly recognisable TV personalities today, best known for his role on the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing , which he has featured on since its inception in 2004. Du Beke on - a man of many hats to be sure and he can easily inhabit the mind of a dancer and make a reader feel the away and rhythm of dance. Set in London, 1938 in the Buckingham hotel we get to know the staff, and guests as well as the ballroom dancers who are there to entertain.I have to say I was very impressed as the book was very well written and very easy to read - I flew through the book as it was very enjoyable and I didn’t want to put it down. You can feel in the storyline that there is more to come without it becoming tiresome; I really cannot wait to see where the 4th book takes us. 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. Sir Michael Caine knows a thing or two about gangs: whether that’s joining one as a kid, or playing them in movies for over 50 years. This deeply personal and supportive series offers listeners an honest and relatable insight into how some the UK's best-known celebrities have coped with mental health difficulties, ranging from OCD to insomnia, addiction to grief, and depression to anxiety.
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It was lovely to revisit all of the characters that we've come to know and love, and even lovelier that there was a touch of festive magic in the air. It has a wonderful feeling of being both grand and ‘common’, with so many different classes mixing throughout. This life-changing Audible Original features a powerful mix of one-on-one life-coaching sessions and a personal narrative with vital take-aways that you can start using immediately. As a Strictly Come Dancing fan, I was surprised to discover Anton du Beke also had a career as an author, and I was intrigued to find out how skilled he was at writing. Along the way, they’ll unlock wisdom for those of us navigating our own coupledoms, and for those still seeking their perfect match.
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