Just for Christmas by Scarlett Bailey

"Dogs. Family. True Love. 
There are some things that aren't Just for Christmas."

The blurb

Her best friend's wedding...

When Alex Munro learns that the love of her life is getting
married to another girl, all she wants is to be alone - and as far
away from Edinburgh as possible. 

Moving to a Cornish cottage, which comes complete with the
 world's scruffiest dog, Alex finds that her new neighbours are
determined to involve her in their madcap Christmas festivities. 

Then she meets her sexy neighbour Ruan - and somehow
Alex doesn't want to be alone this Christmas after all. 
But having lost one fiancé, Ruan has no intention of letting 
anyone get close to him again...

Becca's thoughts

Just for Christmas is a beautifully written story, all wrapped up in Christmassy goodness and romance. I loved the plot, the characters and the festivity which is included within the pages of this heart-warming story by Scarlett Bailey. I purchased my copy from Amazon UK, and I will also include the buying links at the end of my review so you can grab yourself a copy too. 

Let's talk covers. Let's also be serious. What is there not to like about the cover of Just for Christmas? I think it's gorgeous, with it's glittery and sparkly illustrations, and if there's one thing that I love to see at this time of the year, it's glitter and sparkles. The colours used make you feel all warm and snuggly, and the snow is also a fantastic detail to add, giving it that full-on look of Christmas and Winter. 

The characters in Just for Christmas are a joy to be introduced to. You meet the main character, Alex Munro, who's just fled from her home due to issues within her family and love life, just as she's arriving at her new Cottage in the lovely, little town of Poldore. Alex is a great character, full of life but also full of secrets too. I love when an author does this; let's you know that there's more to the character, but doesn't let you know exactly what that "more" is, not until they're ready to reveal it to you. The wonderful thing about Alex is that she's a harbour master. She's taking on the job in Poldore's harbour, keeping a look out over the incoming and outcoming boats, making sure everyone's arriving and leaving safely. The funny thing is, people normally look at her and assume she wouldn't take up the job position because of the fact that she's a woman, but she's actually extremely good at what she does and most men end up envying her because she knows more about boats than they ever will. Alex has been in love with her best friend, Marcus, since they were about five years old. Marcus is now getting married to someone else, an orange faced, fake haired girl called Millie, and Alex has escaped by running to Poldore, where no one knows her and no one knows her story either. It's a fresh start for Alex, and she's about to make the most of it. It's a wonderful experience, being alongside Alex as she becomes more confident with herself and takes life head on, letting whatever is going to happen happen and throwing caution to the wind. You'll love her, I promise.         

Another character who deserves a mention in this review is Buoy. Buoy isn't your average character, Buoy is a scruffy, smelly dog who's been living in the town of Poldore for years and years. The cottage that Alex moves into is Buoy's home, and he's not too happy about having to share his abode with the new woman in town. He smells, he's very dirty and he growls a lot too, but by the end of the story, Alex and Buoy are inseperable. Watching the bond between woman and dog grow is absolutely adorable, and incredibly heart-warming. Buoy is a charming addition to the cast of characters in Just for Christmas and the story just wouldn't be the same without him. 

Now, the one character who I honestly can't wait for you to meet is Ruan, Poldore's lighthouse keeper. Ruan is a moody, miserable man who likes to keep himself to himself. He doesn't intend to get close to anyone, especially the ladies because he has loved and lost before. But when Alex Munro comes to town, that all changes. Ruan begins to come out of his shell and opens up to Alex like he has known her for years. You'll find Ruan drinking on his own in the pub, out on the water sailing his boats or just generally slouching around with his head in the clouds. He's the silent, beautiful type, but he has a good reason for his silence. 

There are many, many more characters awaiting you in Just for Christmas! The town of Poldore is a tight knit community and Alex is quite shocked at how well she actually fits in with every one. 

Just for Christmas is one of those books that I really, really don't want you to miss out on. If you're a lover of romance, of chick-lit, of Christmas, then this story is for you! You will not be disappointed, and you won't finish reading it out without feeling like a Christmas fairy.

I'm giving Scarlett Bailey's Just for Christmas a very worthy rating of 9/10. 
A perfect addition to any Christmas lovers book shelf. 

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