Book Review: The Christmas Escape by Sarah Morgan

“Can Christy and Alix’s Christmas escape give them the courage to fight for the relationships they really want, and save the precious gift of each other’s friendship?”

Published earlier this year, The Christmas Escape by Sarah Morgan follows Christy Sullivan who is excited to go on the perfect Christmas getaway — a trip to Lapland – with her husband, daughter, and best friend Alix. But facing a make-or-break marriage crisis, Christy desperately needs time alone with her husband. Her solution? Alix can take Christy’s daughter to Lapland, and they will reunite there for Christmas Day. It’s a big ask, but what else are friends for?

There’s nothing Alix won’t do for Christy. But Christy’s request to save Christmas is giving Alix sleepless nights. She knows something is wrong, but for the first time ever, Christy isn’t talking. And even the Arctic temperatures in Lapland aren’t enough to dampen the seriously inconvenient sizzle Alix is developing for Zac, a fellow guest and nemesis from her past.

Rating:

I read my first Sarah Morgan book, A Wedding In December, this time last year and loved it, so I was really excited to read her latest this festive season. And yet again, The Christmas Escape made me laugh out loud, feel full of warmth, and be overcome with the enchantment of the stunning wintery setting.

Although there are some similarities to A Wedding In December with the snowy location and confrontational relationship that will obviously develop into something more, I completely pictured two different settings and sets of characters, so Morgan does a fantastic job of using these typical rom-com tropes in an original and exciting way.

The Lapland setting is truly magical and I’m now craving a family holiday somewhere nostalgic. I also really enjoyed the company as Morgan always writes her characters so well. With obstacles to overcome in all kinds of relationships – between families, marriages, friends, and couples – I loved getting to see the flaws in each of these characters and the ways in which they worked to learn from their mistakes and do better.

For me, Sarah Morgan really knows how to write the perfect Christmas book. The Christmas Escape may be a light-hearted read set around reindeers, sledging, and Christmas tree decorating, but her characters and relationships still pack an emotional punch and I always put her books down wanting more!

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