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Publisher's Summary

'This was where her dreams drifted to if she didn't blot her nights out with drink; this was where her thoughts settled if she didn't fill her days with chat. She remembered this tiny, remote foreign village on a molecular level and the sight of it soaked into her like water into sand, because this was where her old life had ended and her new one had begun.'

Portobello - home to the world-famous street market, Notting Hill Carnival and Clem Alderton. She's the queen of the scene, the girl everyone wants to be or be with. But beneath the morning-after makeup, Clem is keeping a secret, and when she goes too far one reckless night she endangers everything - her home, her job and even her adored brother's love.

Portofino - a place of wild beauty and old-school glamour. Clem has been here once before and vowed never to return. But when a handsome stranger asks Clem to restore a neglected villa, it seems like the answer to her problems - if she can just face up to her past.

Claridge's - at Christmas. Clem is back in London working on a special commission for London's grandest hotel. But is this really where her heart lies?

Christmas at Claridge's is a glamorous contemporary romance by the best-selling Karen Swan, author of Christmas in the Snow.

©2017 Karen Swan (P)2017 Macmillan Digital Audio

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Could have been great!

Great storyline but the female lead is too ditzy and confused. I detest story’s that depict women as stupid, insipid creatures. The narrator was horrible. I ended up skipping to the end because I just couldn’t take it anymore.

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Could not root for the main character

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Halfway through, I kept wanting to return the book, just did not like the main character enough to root for her

What was most disappointing about Karen Swan’s story?

I read 2 of Karen Swan's books and loved them, but this book, it was so hard to root or like the main character, by 2/3 to 3/4 of the book I felt I should keep trudging forward wanting to redeem this main character and like her, but by the time the book ended, I was frustrated and felt I wasted my time. Not one of her best story or character.

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My Reader's Choice of the Year Award

What did you love best about Christmas at Claridge's?

I loved how real these characters were. I loved the family - who first appeared heavily dysfunctional but were really devoted to the core. It shows the hard choices we each make in the name of love.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Clem because of her resolve and her heart.

What does Imogen Church bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The nuances of each character's conflicts

If you could rename Christmas at Claridge's, what would you call it?

Not sure. I've given it a lot of thought but Christmas at Claridge's was not accurate. Christmas was such a tiny part.

Any additional comments?

It's not just a little Christmas story. I think it's a disservice to lump it in with Christmas stories. I really became involved and emotional and I will miss these people. ***** Their business revolves around leather hides. It's not talked about in detail or even spoken often but if that bothers you as a vegan or otherwise, you just might get uncomfortable. Still, don't throw away this wonderful story for that reason, IMHO.

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  • Gerribean
  • 01-15-18

I can’t listen to the reader

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I couldn’t recommend the audible version of this book to anyone as I think the reader sounds unnatural and over dramatic
I’ve had to buy the Kindle version but I haven’t read it yet. I usually enjoy Karen Swan’s books but was very disappointed with the Audible version

Has Christmas at Claridge's put you off other books in this genre?

No

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Imogen Church?

I enjoyed the narrators of other Audible books by Karen Swan

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Irritation and disappointment

Any additional comments?

It would be great if Audible re recorded this book with a better reader

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  • Stewart G.
  • 11-23-17

Couldn't stop listening

I've read other reviews of the book that say it was a predictable end.... I didn't see it until towards the end. I recently listened to 'players' another of this authors and found it hard to follow.... this was much easier to listen to and follow. These books are chic lit with a bit more depth.

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  • Gretel
  • 02-07-18

Fantastic

Listened to this just after Christmas and absolutely loved it! Read so very beautifully! Thank you

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  • barbara w robinson
  • 02-07-18

Christmas at Claridges

I struggled a bit at times to understand what the business was supposed to be, but I did enjoy it, Barbara

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  • Mercedes Ledwith
  • 01-09-18

Couldn’t wait to be over

I’ve read better books written by Karen Swan, I’m really disappointed. The story didn’t start until the last third of the book. And of course then it gets super predictable...
I had to accelerate the speed of the narration as it seemed that every person apart from the main character had issues speaking correctly...

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  • NellMcMH
  • 01-05-18

What a misleading title!

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Oh, so much, from the title onwards. I'd have called it something like 'Why the Super Rich can never be happy' - though maybe that says more about my life, loves and family and I just don't get it. I don't think it's a spoiler to say that if diamond-studded leather is the epitome of aspirational chic for you, then you'll love this book. Otherwise, not so much. What is isn't about - except in a very minor way - is either Christmas or Claridges.

What could Karen Swan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

See comments about the title above, with maybe a few less coincidences ...though perhaps the overly melodramatic delivery made me more critical than I might otherwise have been...

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Imogen Church?

Someone like Phoebe James, Katie Scarfe or Jane Collingwood, none of whom feel the need to overemphasise quite so much.

Do you think Christmas at Claridge's needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No! Please, no more about such shallow people.

Any additional comments?

Another one where I'm left wondering if a different narrator wouldn't have made all the difference ...except for the title, of course, which I still maintain is all wrong!

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  • Barbara Benbow-Wright (Consignment)
  • 12-23-17

Brilliant!

I keep thinking I’ve found the best of Karen Swan but each book I discover just gets better. Christmas at Claridge’s is brilliant !

The twists and turns in this narrative just keep coming - right up until the last. The book is exciting, romantic, clever and the characters so well-developed, I felt they were close friends.

Audible is always my bedtime ‘reading’ but I didn’t get much sleep while listening to this book or much work done during the day, come to that!

Highly recommended !!