Book Review

Lizzie’s Christmas Escape -Christie Barlow

Book Title: Lizzie’s Christmas Escape

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Author: Christie Barlow

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Star Rating: gold stargold star empty star empty starempty star– Not bad, but not my cup of tea.

Disclaimer: I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

Lizzie is one lucky duck. She courted disaster in this book and came up smelling of roses. In my opinion, she doesn’t deserve the ending she got. However, I think my problem with the book really stems from the synopsis itself…

A gorgeous country house hotel, a liberal dusting of snow, a cosy weekend away…what more could Lizzie ask for at Christmas?

Every Christmas Lizzie promises herself that things will change and she will leap into the new year a new woman. And yet here she is again, at the beginning of December and nothing is different. Her girls have grown up and left home, her husband Henry is slumped in front of the TV and she is alone in the kitchen, seeking refuge in the cooking sherry and talking to her Gary Barlow calendar. She’s also been very diverted by handsome new neighbour Marcus and she knows she shouldn’t be …

So when best friend Ann suggests a weekend away in the country, Lizzie jumps at the chance. Will this Christmas escape give Lizzie some much needed perspective and allow her to mend her marriage? Or will Marcus prove to be too much of a distraction?

A funny feel good festive read about rediscovering the magic of Christmas – just the thing to curl up with on a cold winters night.

This book was less a book about a cozy, Christmas getaway as it was about betrayal, adultery and drama. I went into it expecting Hallmark Channel, and instead I got Lifetime Movie of the Week. Which, to be honest, is not necessarily a bad thing. I’m sure to the right audience this will be a good little holiday read.  But it is not whimsical, which is what I was expecting. It is not light-hearted and cheerful, which is also what I expected. In reality, this was a story about a disappointing marriage on the rocks, with Christmas music playing faintly in the background.

One positive is the friendship between Lizzie and Ann. Ann is a good friend to her fickle friend Lizzie. Well, sometimes she is a good friend.  She had a bad tendency of encouraging Lizzie to misbehave, while simultaneously advising her to make better choices. I found her unwavering loyalty to Lizzie refreshing, but wish she had a better head on her shoulders. As for Lizzie herself.  Lizzie is all about Lizzie and only Lizzie. So enough said about her.

All in all, the book was an easy read, with nice descriptions of the season and locales. I think if a reader came upon the book without the idea that this is a feel-good holiday tale they would probably enjoy their time with these characters.

Song for this book: Sleigh Ride by Pentatonix

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4 thoughts on “Lizzie’s Christmas Escape -Christie Barlow

  1. Drat– there’s almost nothing worse than expecting one thing for a book and getting something completely different. Unless it turns out to be a life-changing book. Which, it sounds like, Lizzie’s Christmas Escape did not turn out to be.
    But I did just listen to the entire Pentatonix Christmas album, thanks to you. I am so ready for the season! 🙂

      1. That’s exciting! I personally don’t celebrate Christmas– but I love the cheer and decorations and music and cookies and all of shiny things that go with it. I live in Wisconsin, so I get a lot of darkness in winter. Christmas is a bright spot, celebrated or not. 😄

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