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The Little Christmas Shop on Nutcracker Lane

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Thank you to Netgalley, the publishing house and the author for the opportunity to read a complimentary advance reader copy of this book in return for a review based upon my honest opinion.

This book was so pleasant and uplifting to read. I was snuggled in my favourite chair with my electric fireplace burning, the wind blowing outside and a cup of hot cocoa, it was the perfect way to read this book; a perfect start to the holiday season. This book is everything I hoped it would be, just like my favourite Hallmark movies, lovely characters and a heart warming storyline. Nia has always dreamed of having a shop on the Nutcracker Lane, she finally gets her wish but Nutcracker Lane is not the bustling place it was when she was a child; could this be its swan song? While prepping to open her shop the next day, she makes a wish on the giant nutcracker at the entrance, she wishes for Prince Charming, someone just for her, she’s so tired of being cheated on and lied to by men. The next day she has a chance encounter with a fellow shop person, is he her prince charming, or is he not who he appears to be; either way Nia slowly falls head over heels for him but is it too late to protect her heart and is it too late to save Nutcracker Lane. If you like Christmas books this is a do not miss, it left me feeling warm and fuzzy.
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There is nothing Nia loves better than Christmas and at last she is given the opportunity to run a Christmas shop on Nutcracker Lane just as she always wanted since visiting as a child. On the day of opening, she finds a rival decoration shop opposite and can’t resist checking out the competition. There’s instant chemistry with the shop owner, James but Nia has to be cautious after a series of bad relationships . Not only that but the future of Nutcracker lane is jeopardy with Mr E.B Neaser threatening you close the lane at the end of the season. 

This would be a lovely festive read for the lead up to Christmas. I could picture Nutcracker lane perfectly and I enjoyed learning about the different shops and traditions on the lane. It was a bit cheesy, slow and predictable - I guess the twist early on and was waiting for the reveal for some time.  The build up of the relationship between Nia and James went on for too long and I found myself skipping ahead for something to gauge my interest again.

That said, there are were some lovely charming moments in the book, particularly the random acts of kindness featured in the book. It’s a nice easy read especially if you are sat by your Christmas tree with mulled wine and a minced pie.
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This book is perfect to get you in the mood for Christmas. It reads like an English version of a Hallmark Christmas movie and I mean that as a compliment, as I’m addicted to those! The banter and Christmassy details are great although I do agree with other reviewers about the over use of the word ‘snort’. It’s an uplifting, lighthearted take on the theme of A Christmas Carol, with a nutcracker thrown in the mix too!
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Nutcracker Lane is a magically place at Christmastime.  Nia finally gets to have her own gift shop on the Lane.  She has waited for years.  But then things in her personal life go downhill and she is missing a little Christmas spirit.  So she makes a wish on the Magical nutcracker, asking for her Prince Charming.  Will she find her Prince at the new show across the street?  Will all her dreams come true?  This little story will put you in the Christmas mood in a hurry.  Everyone loves a love story at Christmas with all the lights and decorations.
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If you want a book that will totally get you in the Christmas spirit, this is the one you must read!
 I loved Nia, James, the Christmas village, the storyline and the general good feeling that this book evokes. 
Nia and James are both shy of starting a new relationship but it seems the magic of Christmas and the magical nutcracker have other plans. They are drawn together and the ensuing plan to make James "not hate" Christmas provides many humorous moments. I loved the twist at the end too! This would make a wonderful holiday movie!
Thank you to NetGalley and HQ for allowing me to read this book. The opinions are entirely my own.
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Thank you NetGalley,  Jaimie Admans and HQ Digital for the copy of  The Little Christmas Shop on Nutcracker Lane. This is my personal review.
This is a story that will put a smile on your face and a warm Christmas feeling in your heart. 
The Christmas theme is what we all need this year and escaping to Nutcracker Lane is just where to do that.   
Nia is convinced she will never find true love after she gets a text from the guy she is dating and it was not a text for her but the other woman he is seeing at the same time as Nia.
Christmas magic is just what Nia needs and a Nutcracker is where it all begins.
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A wonderful book loved it all fab plot great character you fall in love with them I was pull onto the story from the first few pages did not want it to end just a good book for this time of year very well written
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While one of the things that really makes it the holiday season for me is reading christmassy rom coms, even I draw the line with how unrealistic the story can be before I stop enjoying it.  There were times early on in the book I thought the story line was going down a ridiculous path and that I would have to abandon it but then all of a sudden the author grabbed the reins and pulled the story In a different direction which left me loving the book! The grinchy one liners and fun banter between the characters had me laughing and making notes to use those jokes in real life. The only thing I would change is having the author try to find some different adjectives than “snort” , “left crescent moon shapes in my palms” and a few other overly repetitive words. All in all, it was a cute easy read that really emphasizes the true meaning of Christmas. 
I voluntarily read this book and these thoughts and opinions are of my own. 
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I loved the concept of this book, the nutcracker brings such joy at Christmas.  I found myself hoping that the magic of the nutcracker would be true and that he had come alive.  It is true but in the way of a human heart being slowly thawed and unfurled to the delights of Christmas, but not in a cheesy way. The way that Nia shows James what Christmas means by showing kindness is pure joy and just what is needed this year.
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This was the first Jaimie Admans book that I’ve read and I’ve going to be blatantly honest and say that it didn’t blow me away. I felt that you really had to be quite obsessed with Nutcrackers to fully understand Nia’s love for the wooden decorations.

Some parts of the book felt forced, and dragged out – and I cringed when Nia kept talking to herself saying on several occasions that she wanted to hug James, but she held back as she didn’t know him well enough, even though they’d spent the evening together and he fell asleep on her sofa. That didn’t feel right to me – especially as she came across to me as a warm, huggy type of character.

I didn’t understand quite what Nutcracker Lane was – there were times when in my head I was thinking it was like a Christmas Market, or  The Lanes in Brighton and other times I thought it was like an indoor market but I wasn’t too sure.

Also, it was a very predictable story, as soon as James’s character appeared I knew where it was going to go and who he was – although I had to wait until 82% of the book, to be told.

Saying all that (sorry for the negativity!) once the story got going it was an enjoyable read. It was well told, and I loved all the references to Christmases gone by…the foil decorations, the board games and traditions all made me smile.

And now…wherever I go at the moment, my eyes are drawn to nutcrackers whereas before I never really noticed them, and you know what? I might actually buy myself one this year…but not a six foot version!!
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This book just oozes Christmas from every page. It conjures up gorgeous festive images and a lovely cosy feeling and hot chocolate to boot. The perfect Christmas book to curl up with this year.
Nia finally gets a spot to open her Christmas shop on Nutcracker Lane and is really disappointed to find another festive store opening opposite hers.
She remembers her childhood memories of Nutcracker Lane and is determined to see it sparkle and shone again, despite the owner seeming to want to put all the owners at war with each other.
Nia has a soft spot for Nutcracker soldiers and Christmas jumpers . 
When she meets James, the owner of the all singing christmas store, he seems to be a real grinch, waiting for his stint at the store to be over. She befriends him and tries to instil a bit of christmas magic and it's lovely to see him making an effort to Christmas up.
It really is a wonderful story of childhood memories, christmas magic and romance alongside a real life christmas village. What more could you ask for?
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The Little Christmas Shop on Nutcracker Lane by Jamie Admans.
Nia loves Christmas and has always dreamt of opening a shop on Nutcracker Lane. This year her little shop selling homemade Christmas decorations is open. A shop across the Lane from her also opens selling Christmas decorations. Nia decides to take a peek, but after knocking over the 6ft Nutcracker in front of the shop and breaking its arm, Nia is promptly introduced to James. James, the shop's owner, is also nursing a broken arm, for a brief moment, Nia imagines that James is the Nutcracker.
Enjoy discovering whether James is a nutcracker who comes to life, or something even more extraordinary!
The story carries us to the Christmas world of Nutcracker Lane, and Nia's determination to save the Lane from re-development. 
I relished how Nia works with James and the rest of the shop keepers to try and save Nutcracker Lane from closure.
I love the thought of there being a real Christmas Tree Farm, somewhere in Wales.
A well-written, magical festive read with times of deep sadness to moments of pure happiness, you will find both in this engaging story.
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Lovely story to leave you feeling all Christmassy. Made me want to visit at Christmas Market and buy a Nutcracker. Also had a bit of fairytale in there with a lovely prince. If you want a heart warming story to give you a Christmas glow you won’t be disappointed
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At first I wasn’t sure ‘The Little Christmas Shop on Nutcracker Lane’ was for me. I found all the times ‘laughing’ and ‘snorting’ was mentioned annoying. But, please stick with it, I’m so glad I did. This is such a lovely story. It’s a totally obvious plot, but that doesn’t stop it being just a really lovely read. The characters are so loveable, especially James. I found myself smiling (or at times crying) while following their story. I’d certainly read more from this author and I’m so glad this was my first festive story of the year.
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Funny, romantic and nostalgic twist on A Christmas Carol with a touch of Nutcracker thrown in for good measure and I loved it. It was cleverly written and perfect for the time of year
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I hadn’t heard anything about this book or the author so I was quite apprehensive but I was completely wrong. I loved it. I felt like I was there & wanted to join in on all the magic, it was so beautifully written. I don’t often read books like this as often but it took me back to the soppy, romantic books I loved as a teen. 

James, I mean he literally stole my heart. I truly believed in him all along! His connection with Nia was amazing. Nia and Stacey (another fellow stacey, seen a few in books recently) have the best friendship and it’s so lovely. The whole story behind Nutcracker Lane is soo beautiful it definitely would be a magic place. 

The book definitely gave me all the fuzzy feels, there was a part where I was shouting ‘NoOo’ but it definitely didn’t last and I thought I was beautiful. The ending was perfect & literally ended it so well. I also need to get a Nutcracker for Xmas.
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If you want Christmas magic, a little bit of sparkle into your life and to transported to somewhere else when we all have to stay in our houses for lockdown 2.0 then this is the perfect book to get you in the festive mood and to lift your spirits.
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What an absolute magical journey I have been on with Nia and James.
What a beautiful story. I'm a sucker for Jaimie Admans books after reading The little book shop of love stories which was my favourite read of the year. 
This book certainly didn't let me down. I love it when a romance/chick lit/lighthearted read has more to the sp
Tory than boy meets girl and fall in love. Jaimie does this brilliantly. I love how she has a depth to her books also keeping the humour in there too. 
All in all would highly recommend this book. 
Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers and the author Jaimie Admans for the opportunity to read this book for my honest review
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A delightful and well written Christmas romance.  Very good story.  I received an advance ebook from the publisher and this is my unbiased review.
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Jaimie Admans’ holiday romance, The Little Christmas Shop on Nutcracker Lane, is the epitome of joy, laughter, and Christmas magic.

Nia Maddison has always dreamed of running a shop on Nutcracker Lane. Now, her dream has finally come true, but it’s not turning out to be the experience she longed for. But things start to change when she makes a wish on the Lane’s famous magical nutcracker...

I adored Nia and her blend of perseverance, passion and desire to help. Her plan to rid James of his Grinch-like tendencies was incredibly entertaining to read about and certainly had the Christmas effect on me! I would love to visit Nutcracker Lane, especially Carmen's chocolate shop and it would be wonderful to have a Nia as a friend.

Jaimie Admans’ writing was dreamy and sublime, making this novel a rewarding reading experience and I was really impressed by her. The Little Christmas Shop on Nutcracker Lane, is my second book by this immensely talented author and I will be catching up with more of her back catalogue as well as keeping an eye out for her next novel. A captivating and delightful Yuletide read that I highly recommend.

I received a complimentary copy of this novel from HQ Digital via NetGalley at my request and this review is my own unbiased opinion.
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