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Christmas at Carrington's

(Carrington's #2)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  923 ratings  ·  117 reviews
A deliciously indulgent read and the follow up to Cupcakes at Carrington’s. Set in Carrington’s Department Store this is perfect for fans of Jenny Colgan.

Carrington’s Department store is thrown into a spin when the staff learn that a hot new reality TV show is to be filmed in-store, featuring the formidable retail guru, Kelly Cooper. Georgie Hart, in charge of Luxury Handb
Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 3rd 2015 by Harper (first published November 7th 2013)
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I am sticking with my 4 star (3.75 really) on this re-read. Totally predictable and rather typical chick-lit plot, but the characters are utterly likeable.
And author Alexandra Brown just really knows how to throw a proper Christmas-read-party with shopping/reality tv/gorgeous cakes & stuff. Very irresistible in a guilty-pleasure sort of way.


On second-read I am tempted to raise my rating to 4 stars. I am enjoying it more 2nd time round, apart from the Tom-goes-
 Spanxmcb (Yovanka)
So, I started this as a Christmas read on December 25th 2013. I got annoyed at about the 15% point so I put it aside (then I got a horrendous New Year's flu) and didn't pick it up again until the 2014 holiday season, completing it just now.

This series lost momentum for me with this book, and although entertaining, it was a disappointment that I felt didn't meet its potential. The disappointing factor is a result of a lot of 'telling' and not a lot of 'showing' as well as falling into the lack-of
Fabulous Book Fiend
Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
wow! What a sequel! In fact, i think i loved this even more than the original! I was lucky enough to get an advanced review copy of this novel and so i was able to marathon all of Alexandra Brown's writing in one go. I am so pleased I read her novels this way, but i definitely saved the best until last! This novel isn't the MOST Christmasy novel I've ever read so fans looking for tons of snow and Xmas trees, be warned there is simply a hint of Christmas in the air, this novel relies much more o ...more
Love Fool
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
A deliciously indulgent read and the follow up to Cupcakes at Carrington’s. Set in Carrington’s Department Store this is perfect for fans of Jenny Colgan.

Carrington’s Department store is thrown into a spin when the staff learn that a hot new reality TV show is to be filmed in-store, featuring the formidable retail guru, Kelly Cooper. Georgie Hart, in charge of Luxury Handbags, is reluctant, but quickly realizes that the show could give Carrington’s a new lease of life. With Christmas around the
Gaylen Matlock
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I didn't realize there were other books before this one, so I'm reading them out of order. This was a light, fun, easy read and I enjoyed it enough to get the previous books and start on them.
Nov 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
Didn't enjoy the plot or the way the romance was handled, it just frustrated me!

2/5 Christmassness I guess. Bleh.

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I was really looking forward to reading this book for many reasons. First off, my twitter feed throughout November was full of great comments about it, secondly, the sparkly reviews from my friends/chick lit bloggers whose judgments I absolutely trust.
With Christmas being just around the corner, I thought it was the perfect time to read this Christmassy read and boy oh boy did I have high expectations.

But y
Megan Readinginthesunshine
Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
I LOVE Alexandra Brown’s books – and if you haven’t already then please check out the rest of the Carrington’s books too – Cupcakes At Carrington’s, and Me and Mr Carrington!

Christmas is fast approaching and in the Carrington’s Department Store Georgie is very excited about the upcoming festivities. Georgie is such a lover of handbags and enjoys helping her customers find the perfect special gift. And to make this Christmas more special, she has the handsome Mr Carrington himself to spend it wit
Dec 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bought-not-read

Yay, we are back in Mulberry-on-Sea with Georgie J at Carringtins!!!
I couldn’t wait to read this story, I loved Cupcakes at Carrington’s and also Alexandra Brown’s short story after that.

Georgie Hart is a wonderful character full of energy, sweetness and much more. She works at Carrington’s on the Women’s Accessories Department. She loves her job and it’s always a pleasure to read about her workplace. Georgie is dating gorgeous and sexy Tom Carrington, the boss. The two of them are really sweet
Nov 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Hot off the digital presses, I couldn't wait to read this next instalment in the Carrington's series, and I was not disappointed.

When last we met Georgie and her friends (in Cupcakes at Carrington's and Me and Mr Carrington), life was looking pretty darn good--particularly for Georgie. Her finances we're under control, her relationship with her dad was restored, and best of all, love was blossoming with the ever so dreamy young CEO of Carrington's Department Store, Tom Carrington. Well, Christm
Anne Mackle
Dec 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
I needed something to put me into the Christmas mood and Christmas at Carringtons fitted the bill nicely.
This is the second book in the Carringtons series with a novella in between,but don't worry if you haven't read the first two just dive into this and you'll soon catch up.
Georgie is a lovely girl who's had quite a rough time in her youth but she now has the love of her life Tom Carrington to call her own,or does she? A reality show is taking place at the store and Georgie has been filmed with
Nov 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
Christmas at Carrington's is the sequel to Cupcakes at Carrington's (see my review here) and we pick up again with Georgie and the majority of the characters from Cupcakes and they're being flung into the world of reality tv.

There's some drama, some funny parts, some sad, a villain you'll love to hate and of course the romance (and the cupcakes). It has the potential to be a great chick lit novel, so why didn't I love it? I didn't look forward to reading it and could easily put it down. Unfortun
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
The second book in Brown’s Carrington series is sweet at times, yet annoying at others. The interplay between characters is humorous and often meaningful. However, the misunderstandings and poor communication get so frustrating it might cause readers much stress while waiting to see if poor Georgie can sift through the muddle to find the truth.
Georgie Hart and Tom Carrington are just beginning to settle into their fledgling relationship. Things are going well, until Georgie turns on the televisi
Victoria Sigsworth
Feb 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is very easy to get into and read. Sets a cosy atmosphere and has plenty of things happening to keep your interest. However, have only rated it 4 stars as it doesn't get my heart as do books by other authors. It's certainly worth a read particularly if you're in need of a light read. Have to say the occasional swear word is superfluous as it doesn't add anything to the character and doesn't add to the plot. Also there are a lot of "Oh My God's", which are, also, not necessary. I know l ...more
Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit
I have to admit, I was and still am really disappointed of this book - I expected it to be a nice and fun christmas read... First of all, it's not very christmas-y at all, in fact christmas is only ever mentioned at the beginning of each chapter where the reader is told how much time there is left until christmas. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are not part of the story either. Concerning the main character, Georgie... isn't she annoying? Jumping to conclusions all the time, expecting the worst ...more
Paula Sealey
When a tv company decide to makeover and film Carrington's Department Store, ladies accesories salesperson Georgie suddenly finds herself catapaulted into the limelight. But not everything goes according to plan, and Georgie has to try and mend her broken romance with Mr Carrington himself.

I found it hard to engage with the characters in this book, finding their situations a little silly and the language used, 'totes', 'natch' 'merch' for example, more suited to a younger audience. The rather pr
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
(2.5 stars) This is the second book in the series. While I found the first book to be a fun, lighthearted read, this book frustrated me. Georgie finds out in an unpleasant way that the store is to be the center of a business makeover reality TV show. She argues with Tom and before she can reconcile, he is sent off to Paris for filming with his ex, Zara. Georgie becomes an absolute mess and is actually quite annoying and Tom is absent from most of the book, as is the chemistry between them. The r ...more
Dec 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
Finally, finally I read "Christmas at Carrington's"! I have no idea what took me so much time, life getting in the way probably. I, in fact, wanted to read "Ice Creams at Carrington's" first but was advised to read the books in the right order, and so I guess I was just waiting for the right season :)

There is actually so much happening in this book that it's going to be really hard to summarize it in few sentences! It follows of course Georgie, still working at Carrington's, and still loving he
Vanessa-Ann Dowsett
We are back at Carringtons with Georgie and the staff for a second time. This time a reality TV show is made about the store. There are many ups and downs, highs and lows and misunderstandings. Sam, Georgie's best friend, has a very difficult time. There are so many lovely characters and this book is far superior to that of the first. Have started the next in the series Ice Creams at Carrington's immediately.
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, chick-lit
I'm a sucker for Christmas books and I like Alex Brown's Tindledale books a lot, but I'm also retentive and so I had to read all of the Carrington's books in order, which was a bit of overkill since they're repetitive and move more slowly than evolution. But this one was fun, combining Georgie Hart's burgeoning romance with Tom Carrington (who evidently smells like chocolate, based on the 4000 times she mentioned it) with a reality TV show being filmed in Carrington's department store.
Heidi Goehmann
Dec 27, 2016 rated it liked it
This book was cute and a fast read. It had a few inappropriate parts thrown in, but I would label it as saucy, not offensive or graphic. I fell in love with the characters and while the plot was not rocket science, it managed to deal with a difficult topic extremely well. It left me almost shocked that it delved in so deep, but grateful as I finished the last page. Cute read, and festive.
Ann Boytim
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Second book in this series finds Georgie in a reality show at Carrington's the department store where she works in the luxury handbag department. Kelly is in charge of the TV show and her daughter Zara is helping out only not in a good way. The same characters as in the first book continue on their way.
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I wanted a light read to get me in the Christmas spirit and this had been sat on my shelf since last year. It was not disappointing it's has happiness, love, humour, hate and sadness and loyalty all wrapped up together. It was a rollercoaster of emotions in a modern story.
Marie (UK)
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Its not a bad book and there will be lots of love out there for this one. It has Lots of action, a pacy narrative and love abounds everywhere - its just a bit saccharine for me
Dec 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Nice read, slightly predictable, but still enjoyed it
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Found this at my library as a holiday choice. Very light read with delightful characters. It probably helps if you like reality TV.
Dec 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Not bad, but story seemed to just keep running around in circles. I just wanted to know if Tom & Georgie were going to work it out & get back together. I won't tell you, but it has a surprising end.
Dec 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
Not a fan of the writing style. Too scattered for me. Cute concept though.
Mar 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Low 3
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
Sweet and predictable but fun.
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Alexandra Brown is the bestselling author of five books and launched her career with the hugely popular Carrington’s series set in a seaside town department store. Alex now writes warm, witty and heartfelt novels centred on the cosy community spirit of village life.

Alex began her writing career as a weekly columnist for The London Paper, before trading in the rat race for the good life. When she i

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Carrington's (4 books)
  • Cupcakes at Carrington's
  • Me and Mr Carrington
  • Ice Creams at Carrington’s