- The Christmas Party, by Gillian St. Kevern
The Christmas Party, by Gillian St. Kevern
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.
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 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.
“She raised her chin, her lips tightening. “I am going to give Julian a Christmas he will never forget.”
“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.””