The Night Before Christmas - Scarlett Bailey (2011)

All Lydia Grant ever wanted is a perfect Christmas and hopefully this year she is going to get one. Lydia is more than excited when she and boyfriend Stephen are invited to spend Christmas with her friend Katy at her newly opened hotel in Heron Pikes, a perfect setting just out of a Christmas card. Festivities with her best friends Alex, Katy, Joanna and their men seem like a brilliant idea until best friend Joanna turns up with her latest squeeze, Jackson, who happens to be Lydia's ex-boyfriend. To make things worse they all are snowed in and Lydia is forced to stay under the same roof with her boyfriend who is all set to pop the big question with a massive diamond ring from Tiffany's and her summer fling from a few years back. Things get even stranger when Lydia is swept off her feet by handyman Will. Lydia is certainly set to have a Christmas to remember. With its stunning cover, enchanting setting and story that will keep you guessing, this is a fantastic festive read. (SS)

It's all about the ghosts of boyfriends past, present and future for Lydia, the heroine of Scarlett Bailey's debut novel The Night Before Christmas. The summary says: "All Lydia's ever wanted is a perfect Christmas... So when her oldest friends invite her to spend the holidays with them, it seems like the answer to her dreams. She's been promised log fires, roasted chestnuts, her own weight in mince pies; all in a setting that looks like something out of a Christmas card. However, her winter wonderland is about to be ruined by the ghosts of boyfriends past, present and potential future. She's snowed in with her current boyfriend, her old flame and a hunky stranger. Well, three (wise) men are traditional at this time of year..." The Night Before Christmas is out in October.

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