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My Christmas Number One by Leonie Mack

My Christmas Number One

ABOUT THE BOOK

There’s nothing quite like a Christmas love story, to get you in the mood for celebrating…

Cara doesn’t do sexy and she only does ‘Happy Christmas’ under duress. She is, after all, a serious musician, and her stubborn streak is born from her struggle to recover from a serious injury.

Javi lives for escapist fun – in his music, and in his life – especially since he’s always failed at life’s more serious challenges, including marriage and fatherhood.

Javi and Cara are forced to record a Christmas single together, but neither of them have plans to spend any more time with each other than they absolutely have to. With Christmas traditions that couldn’t be more different, and outlooks on life that are worlds apart, the chemistry just shouldn’t work. But the magic of Christmas can bring even opposites together…

From the snowy beauty of London at Christmas, to the candle-lit magic of Javi’s traditional family celebrations, let Leonie Mack whisk you away on a memorable festive adventure. Perfect for fans of Trisha Ashley, Mandy Baggot and Holly Martin.

MY REVIEW

My first Christmas story of the year is about two broken souls who are finding their way after tragic pasts.

Cara’s life has not been an easy one with the loss of her mother and brother in a car accident which she survived with a physical disability and an anxiety disorder. Her strength and will to become a functioning person in society by pursuing her passion for music in a very public way is incredibly brave. When she is contracted to collaborate with the sensual and charismatic Colombian singer and musician Javi Felix, the sparks fly and their tense and captivating relationship unfolds slowly with both of them not knowing what hit them.

Javi is not a likable guy at first with his arrogant and flirtatious ways, not to mention his reputation with women and his inferior parenting skills. But he’s making positive changes in his life. Along with his new soul-searching Christmas song and the hard truths told to him by his beautiful new music collaborator, Cara, and his twelve-year-old daughter, Bea, he begins to open his heart and confront his past mistakes. 

In addition, the settings and cultural aspects of Christmas in other countries are beautifully done and creates a wonderful backdrop for a love story.  I also want to commend the author on doing a fantastic job with the music aspect of this story. I can’t explain it, but I felt like I could hear and feel the music as it was described. A remarkable feat in itself.

Overall, this is an extraordinary and touching debut novel that was a joy to read. It is filled with the love of music, the love of family, and the love of life.  If you are in need of a feel-good love story with a Christmas theme, give this book a try.

Thank you to Ms. Mack for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Leonie MacaulayLeonie Mack is a debut romantic novelist. Having lived in London for many years her home is now in Germany with her husband and three children. Leonie loves train travel, medieval towns, hiking and happy endings!

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