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Romance | One Christmas Star | Mandy Baggot

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I’ve been a fan of Mandy Baggot’s writing since 2011 but I’ve got tell you, One Christmas Star is her best novel yet!  I’m delighted to be sharing my thoughts with you today.

Emily Parker is set to have the worst Christmas ever!

Her flatmate’s moved out, she’s closed her heart to love and she’s been put in charge of the school original Christmas show – with zero musical ability.

Disgraced superstar, Ray Stone is in desperate need of a quick PR turnaround. Waking up from a drunken stupor to a class of ten-year-olds snapping pics and Emily looking at him was not what he had in mind.

Ray needs Emily’s help to delete the photos, and she needs his with the show. As they learn to work together they may just open their hearts to more than a second chance…

Book cover for One Christmas Star by Mandy Baggot

One Christmas Star is published by Aria and is available to purchase in digital, paperback and audiobook formats.


It was easy for me to identify with Emily in her role of class teacher … and the children in her Year 6 class can be found in any class across the country. 🙂  Mandy Baggot has this spot on!  I’ve loved spending time with all the characters in One Christmas Star (even the sweet popping Dennis) and taken together as a whole, they made this an unforgettable story for me.   

Emily and Ray’s vulnerabilities draw you in and keep hold of your heart.  It’s possible to get all the feels from a romance without bedroom scenes (although it has to be said this author does write those scenes extremely well) and that’s what we get in One Christmas Star.  The growing friendship and tentative expression of feelings between Emily and Ray feels just right.  I was already championing Ray from the start – actions definitely do speak louder than words – and whether they were going to get together in an intimate relationship or not, I was caught up in their unfolding individual stories and wanting life to give them a chance to face their fears and come out the other side with hope and trust.

I think this story shows a creative side of Mandy Baggot that we’ve not seen in her writing for a while.  Stretton Park’s Christmas show.  Wow! Much admiration for the talent needed to dream this up.  It’s so entertaining, full of humour but also a fabulous way to show how it is possible for children and adults to work together as a team despite everyone’s differences.

Societal current topics are dealt with sensitively and with realism.   As are the roles we play in families and the impact that has on how we view ourselves and how we react to life and its challenges.

One Christmas Star is more than a romance read.  If you haven’t read it yet, you must!  You’ll get all the fizz and feels plus much more.  Tears, laughter, sadness and hope.  Perfect.

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Mandy Baggot is an international bestselling and award-winning romance writer represented by Tanera Simons of The Darley Anderson Literary, TV and Film Agency.

The winner of the Innovation in Romantic Fiction award at the UK’s Festival of Romance, her romantic comedy novel, One Wish in Manhattan, was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Romantic Comedy Novel of the Year award in 2016. Mandy’s books have so far been translated into German, Italian, Czech and Hungarian.

Mandy loves the Greek island of Corfu, white wine, country music and handbags. Also a singer, she has taken part in ITV1’s Who Dares Sings and The X-Factor.

Mandy is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Society of Authors and lives near Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK with her husband and two daughters.

I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 9+ years. My love of reading, crocheting, being out in nature and positive psychology are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school.

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