For most of the year, my favourite type of book is crime fiction, but at Christmastime, I do like to indulge in some festive chicklit because it never fails to deliver the classic feel-good mix of romance, mulled wine and dreams coming true with a little bit of Yuletide magic.
Miracle on Regent Street does exactly what it says on the tin. It tells the story of Evie, an unlucky-in-love twenty-something whose lack of self-esteem translates into her choice of a life of invisibility, hiding away behind unflattering, unremarkable clothes, living in her sister's shadow as her unofficial nanny and working behind the scenes as a stockroom girl at London department store, Hardy's.
It used to be one of the finest stores in the country but, after a century of existence, it has lost its way, and its customers, and is almost certain to close down. It needs a miracle worker or at least a very good store redesigner - will Evie be up to the job, despite being tucked away in the basement out of view, and will she manage to heal her broken heart along the way? It's Christmas - of course she will !
As well as being uplifting, heartwarming and soul-soothing, it also has some important life lessons for us all about not trying to be someone you're not, chasing your dreams and never giving up, even when there is only the smallest chance of success.
star rating : 4.5/5
RRP : £6.99