A Christmas to Remember: The festive feel-good romance from the King of the Ballroom, Anton Du Beke By Anton Du Beke


Be swept away by the new breath taking romantic novel from Sunday Times bestselling author and Strictly Come Dancing star Anton Du Beke.

You are cordially invited to the wedding of the year!

London, 1938.

When fiercely independent chambermaid Nancy Nettleton first moved to London and the Buckingham hotel, the last thing on her mind was finding love, let alone falling for the debonair demonstration dancer Raymond de Guise.

As the festive season approaches, life at the exclusive hotel is busier than ever, with guests arriving from around the world, seeking comfort, relaxation and refuge as tensions build across Europe and it looks like another war is imminent.

Behind the scenes, the staff work tirelessly, ensuring the smooth operation of the hotel, guarding the secrets of their guests but they have many of their own that they fear will be revealed.

As the band strikes up in the Grand Ballroom to celebrate Nancy and Raymonds wedding, one thing is certain this will be a Christmas to remember. A Christmas to Remember: The festive feel-good romance from the King of the Ballroom, Anton Du Beke

I love this series and could not wait to start reading this instalment. It's going to be a long wait for the next one. The plot flowed beautifully, some of the plot lines were a little predictable but that didn't stop me enjoying the book any less. I've fallen in love with the Buckingham and it's staff and I'm so looking forward to see what 1939 has in store for them as war looms. A Christmas to Remember: The festive feel-good romance from the King of the Ballroom, Anton Du Beke I loved the cover, and was curious about whether Anton du Beke could write, so I took a punt, not knowing what to expect but needing escapism in these horrid Coronavirus times and also unaware this book was the third book in a series set in the 1930s based around a hotel, it's guests, it's staff and resident dancers.

Did I enjoy it? Well, I kept reading until the end. I felt it had breadth than depth,but, to be honest and a few too many story lines and characters. But what I would say is that something of Mr. Du Beke's warmth and personality bubbled through and you can feel his love of dance and something of the joy and openness of himself in the characters and personalities he writes about.

I can see how how his books might become a bit of a secret pleasure for me and that they bring joy and pleasure to those who read them.

Would I read another? Well, maybe, I don't know. It doesn't pretend to be great literature, but it's very sweet and I hadn't expected the setting or the time frame which did add another dimension to what might have just been a story about life and lives and loves a sort of Upstairs Downstairs story centred around a grand hotel a bit like a recent TV series about what goes on in The Savoy Hotel behind the scenes. So, a lot to congratulate Mr. Du Beke on a man of many hats to be sure and he can easily inhabit the mind of a dancer and make a reader feel the away and rhythm of dance. So, a bit of light entertainment, really. And nothing wrong with that. I just think it needs pruning a bit and less characters to follow. My granddaughter, not a reader by any stretch of the imagination, but a lover of dance, may very well enjoy this book and, if it brings lovers of dance to books, that is pretty wonderful, too. A Christmas to Remember: The festive feel-good romance from the King of the Ballroom, Anton Du Beke I enjoyed this book as much as I did the first two. I totally understand that previous events and character explanations have to be repeated for the new readers but it did spoil the beginning of the book a little for me. However, that was soon forgotten as I became immersed in the ongoing saga at The Buckingham Hotel. Well done Anton !! A Christmas to Remember: The festive feel-good romance from the King of the Ballroom, Anton Du Beke This is the third book in the series I have read, it doesn't disappoint, I have stayed up till 2am to finish it! Then I want the next & the next,so Anton you really do need to crack on with the story of the Buckingham Hotel this could run &run. The characters are so likeable and their lives become so entwined that they become like friends to you and you really are interested in them,l also like the adventure and twists and turns of the stories, I can't wait to find out what happens during wartime! Well done Anton! A Christmas to Remember: The festive feel-good romance from the King of the Ballroom, Anton Du Beke This series gets better. It's growing in maturity in the run up to the war and there is a darkness and foreboding which is marvellously written. All the old characters, so dear to our hearts, are given their own stories without a hitch in the flow of the book. I know that not all can survive during the war but still I look forward to the next book. The audio books in this series are equally wonderful and beautifully narrated and re reading and listening will keep me going until book four. A Christmas to Remember: The festive feel-good romance from the King of the Ballroom, Anton Du Beke

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