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The Christmas Party, by Gillian St. Kevern

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The Christmas Party, by Gillian St. Kevern

Book Info

Book Series
Read by Candlelight, Book 14
About the Author
Gillian St. Kevern is spending Christmas in her native New Zealand, where the seasonal festivities include pavlovas, walks on the beach, and a distinct lack of sweaters, seasonal or otherwise. She will almost certainly get sunburnt at some stage.

Gillian reads and writes a variety of genres. She’s a huge fan of paranormal with an emphasis on vampires. The third and fourth books in her vampire series, Thorns and Fangs, are due for release in January and February 2018. She also explores Welsh Mythology in the on-going Deep Magic series. In 2018, she plans to explore another beloved genre―vintage mysteries. She loves discovering new books and authors, so please get in touch if you have any good book recommendations to share!
Publication Date
November 28, 2020
Available Formats
Kindle, Mobi, KU
Content Warning
 hauntings, death, grief, historical attitudes towards women, marriage and sexuality and gender
Tidings of comfort and—ghosts?

Pippa Goodfellow is a young woman with five thousand pounds a year and a simple ambition: to scare the socks off her stuck up cousin Julian and his odious friend Bryant. To do that, she needs the cooperation of Micah Evanovitch, sole inhabitant of a notoriously haunted house.

Micah is many things: thwarted composer, confirmed pessimist, spectre… Pippa’s plan to throw a Christmas party in his house imperils his very existence—but with her help, he might actually have a chance at leaving the failures of his life behind.

Drawn into Pippa’s schemes, Micah discovers that Bryant has a sinister agenda of his own. It will take more than the ghosts of Christmas Past to save Pippa and her family. Micah must find a way to escape his past before Pippa’s Christmas party ends in Christmas tragedy.

Editor review

1 review
Holiday Haunting Fun
  3rd person, single character POV
 Themes: ghosts/spirits, trans MC, haunting, death, grief, blackmail
  World-Building: ★★★★★
 Heat: ☆☆☆☆☆
 Chemistry: ★★★★☆
 Plot: ★★★★★
 Romance: ★☆☆☆☆

 After the devastating and bittersweet events of Book 13 in the series, The Christmas Party was EVERYTHING I could have asked for, and more. Not only were Pip and Cross perfectly in tact, but it left a hopeful sense of the future, as though all that had been lost in Book 13 was no longer as dire and gut-wrenching. It also made a lot of sense about who attended the séance at the end of Book 13, and why.

 I loved EVERYTHING about this book! It was haunting, chilling, and beautiful in equal measure. It was smart and funny, sarcastically brilliant, and touching.

 Pippa was everything I could have ever hoped she would be, as a grown up. The sibling banter between her and Harry was brilliant, and her attitude towards Julian was almost hilarious at times. I loved how Harry stepped forward to have that brotherly chat about intentions and potential suitors, but backed off when needed. Supportive and protective, as a brother, yet perfectly happy to let Pippa spread her wings and display her independence. Harry's quip about Julian batting for the home team was brilliant!

 I was stunned that Julian was friends with a man like Bryant, but then I remembered how inherently innocent Julian cane be, at times. He doesn't see the worst of people, despite his past, and always gives people the chance to prove their worth. But, at the same time, he's the type to keep a close eye on the enemy, if he feels he needs to, especially if they have intentions towards his family.

 I utterly adored Micah, as a main character. He was perfect. The way he used Pip's book to haunting the party was genius. His friendship with Pippa was lovely and sweet, giving both the freedom and strength to do what needed to be done.

 I almost-cried a few times. Almost, because I was having too much fun. Micah playing the piano was Ezekiel was touching, and perhaps my all-time favourite moment of the entire book.

 And that ending...superb.

 This book was everything I could have wanted, and more. It did justice to Pippa, and the secondary characters, but also gave us some incredible new characters to fall in love with. And I did.


Favourite Quotes

 “She raised her chin, her lips tightening. “I am going to give Julian a Christmas he will never forget.”
Dread washed over Micah in a massive wave. Forget the fact they stood in a haunted house. The young woman before him was terrifying. “How do you propose to do that?”
She smiled sweetly. “I’m going to scare his exquisitely tailored trousers off him. You’ll help me, of course?””

“Harry nudged him. “Julian can spend a night in a haunted house without turning a hair but show him a creased jacket or trousers with a hem undone and he goes all weak at the knees.””

“Julian’s nostrils flared, his gaze resting on his cousin with something that might be misconstrued as genuine relief. “Pippa’s so thick-headed, she wouldn’t know an injury if it arrived with a letter of introduction.””
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