WHAT HAPPENS AT CHRISTMAS
Alexander pens a delightfully heartwarming story that is perfect for the season. Her cast of characters will charm readers while the snappy dialogue keep this story moving. But the best part of Alexander’s novel is that it’s a holiday story that some will want to read every year because of the warm feelings it evokes.
Camille, the widowed Lady Lydingham, wants to marry Prince Nikolai Pruzinsky. With her family all over the globe, she hires a troupe of actors to play them and give Prince Nikolai a traditional English Christmas he’ll never forget. The only person who actually knows of the ruse is her twin sister, Beryl. The plan is perfect until the appearance of her former best friend, Grayson Elliott, who proclaimed his lover for her the night before her wedding and then disappeared for 11 years. Now, he is back and determined to be in Camille’s life. Amidst a comedy of errors, Gray makes progress with Camille. When Camille’s actual family shows up, including her “dead father,” a host of problems arise. But it also gives Gray allies in his campaign for Camille’s heart. They just have to get through Christmas and prove the prince a fraud. (KENSINGTON, Nov., 400 pp., $16.95)