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Christmas in London

3.20  ·  Rating details ·  1,518 ratings  ·  387 reviews
A charming, glamourous love story set at Claridge's in London during the magical week before Christmas starring a sweet NYC baker and the Cooking Channel Producer who could change her life.

It’s a week before Christmas and Louisa Graham is working twelve hour shifts at a bakery on Manhattan's Lower East Side. When a young cooking show assistant comes in from the rain and be
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Gorgeous Christmas-dessert and visiting-London stuff mixed with rather unappetizing romance plots.

The book had a promising start, but let me down eventually.

It had everything on the menu that I found enticing, and the serving was sumptuous, but as I dived in, there came the off-tasting bits and while I wanted to ignore them, I could not do it entirely.

We are offered London & gourmet desserts for the setting and it cannot get more christmassy than that, surely. The cakes described by the author
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Louisa Graham is working twelve hour shifts at a bakery in Manhattan the week before Christmas when the assistant for a cooking show barges in after closing and insists he needs to buy the freshly baked rolls that Louisa had just finished to sale the next morning. Since she is just the baker Louisa insists he go elsewhere but when offered free publicity for the bakery on a popular cooking show she relents and sells the rolls. The next day the assistant returns claiming the rolls were a hit but t ...more
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
The descriptions of London and St. Andrew's are the only reason this book is getting three stars. Hughes has clearly done her research, and brings both cities to life. Her descriptions are magical.


The women in this book are hopeless for their age, and the men in this book are complete wankers. Noah and Trevor both have emotional problems, and what is construed as romantic behavior on their parts, is actually creepy as hell.

E.g. Noah kisses Louisa on the cheek the first time he meets her, a
Producervan in Cornville, AZ from New Orleans & L.A.
Christmas in London by Anita Hughes. ©2017. St. Martin’s Griffin. This is a fast, easy read— a nice winter romance at Christmas in London where the city is magically transformed by decorations and snow. Can a woman be too busy for love—or a man too heartbroken to reconcile with the only woman he has ever loved? This is their last chance for happy endings.
Sherri Thacker
This was a great holiday romance! Perfect for the upcoming holiday season. The whole book makes you “feel good”.
Briar's Reviews
Cozy, holiday reads are excellent - cozy, romantic, holiday reads are even better!

Anita Hughes has crafted a lovely, heart warming story about two women finding their loves during Christmastime.

Louisa works in a bakery, when suddenly Noah shows up needing Christmas desserts for a reality television show he is working on. When those desserts make the lead dangerously ill, Louisa is hired to take her place!! Meanwhile, the assistant Kate finds love again with a man from her past... Oh, and Noah a
I couldn't finish this one for a few different reasons:

1) Variability to the sentence structure was non-existent. All the sentences were subject-verb-subject-verb-subject-verb. All passive voice. Where was the editor on this?

2) The dialogue was so hard to read. Picture an elementary school play where the little kids are loudly reading their info-dumping dialogue. "As you know..." "Well, I would never..." "I'm an excellent baker that has lived in New York for seven years. I plan to open my own b
Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
This is a sweetly told tale that gives a fun glimpse into the Christmas season in London. The character development is somewhat lacking, which keeps the story on the surface without much depth. The male characters overreact in nearly every situation: storming away, calling things quits, doubting the female characters' abilities to make decisions for themselves and basically acting like children. Yet the women come back to them time and again, forgiving the "misunderstandings." Both love stories ...more
Jun 01, 2017 rated it liked it
I won an ARC of this book from Goodreads. Thank you Goodreads and St. Martin's Press!
This book is a story of love and friendship. It is a cute foodie book. The food descriptions in this book are amazing and make you hungry.
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
London and food descriptions: 4 stars

Dialogue: 1 star

I can unequivocally say this is one of the worst written books I've read in a really long time.

Such potential! But from the first page, I knew this was going to be a dreadful. I bought it solely on the title and the pretty cover. (Mistake #1). Within the first ten pages, the main character is already whisked off to London. Yes, the first ten pages! Everything was rushed, no character or story development at all.

I'll admit, I spent most of Sa
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, netgalley, holiday
Christmas in London is just what you want from a holiday romance. It is truly a magical guilty pleasure that will put you in the spirit of the season and leave you craving delicious sweets! Perfect for lovers of romance, holiday magic, and foodies.
Louisa Graham is a talented and dedicated pastry chef in NYC working at her friend's bakery, with a dream of opening her own restaurant. A week before Christmas a frazzled cooking show producer buys two dozen of her cinnamon rolls to cover an 'on set
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
I received this book for an honest review from
I started reading CHRISTMAS IN LONDON and realized this is not a mans book. It is a girly or girl or a woman's book. Wasn't sure which one to choose from. lol
So, I asked my wife to read it. She did and wasn't overly impressed but sorta generally liked it. Whatever that means.
Apparently, the story lacked ----- a good story. It was weak and needed better characters that could have made a difference. Get the picture?? It was close but
The Lit Bitch
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I feel like I gained 10 pounds just reading this novel. This is a great foodie lover novel if you are into that sort of thing.

Foodie lit is a new phenomenon for me but one that my tastebuds love and my waistline doesn’t. I love how charming novels like this are and I am surprised how much I loved the food element….needless to say, I devoured a roll of Pillsbury cinnamon rolls while reading this book….#sorrynotsorry.

This is my second Anita Hughes novel and I have to say, she is growing on me as a
Jun 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
While I normally adore this type of book with all of its details about baking, this one fell supremely flat for me in various ways.
Firstly, the misogyny was too much for me. The two main characters are both female but seem to have absolutely no idea of their worth. Male characters fight over one with no ever visible connections and another suggests that a famous chef is only interested in the other for her looks, and not her talents. Regardless of ultimate results, it was really frustrating to
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. Ms. Hughes did an excellent job of describing "Christmas in London", so much so, that I'm ready to go there! But, she gave us pretty childish characters who seemed to go off in a huff over the silliest things. Some of the chefs in this book were pretty unbelievable. I love cooking shows, so there is no way in hell that I'm going to believe that world renowned, Michelin star chefs are going to behave in awe when a young nobody baker describes a croquembouche like they have never even h ...more
Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
Louisa works at a bakery in Manhattan's Lower East Side. Her dream is to one day open a restaurant, but in the mean time she puts her heart and soul into all the pastries and baked goods that she can... to the detriment of her social life and appearance. A week before Christmas, Noah arrives desperate to buy all the cinnamon rolls she just pulled out of the oven for a cooking show. Turns out the nutmeg in the rolls caused the star of the show to have an allergic reaction. Enter Louisa's new foun ...more
Shibani Faehnle
Oct 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
Do not read this book unless you want 70+ pages of annoying people whining non stop about idiotic problems. These include, but are not limited to: a customer wanting to pay $200 for cinnamon roles that are worth way less, jet lag, a professional shopper taking you on an all-expense paid makeover trip for a TV show that you magically fell into that will practically guarantee you international success. I quit after 70 pages. I’m all for mindless reading but I lost brain cells and not in a good way ...more
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
A well written holiday book. I pictured the amazing food and all the sparkle, glamour and charm of Christmas in London. There was a strong parallel between Kate and Trevor's past relationship, compared to Louisa and Noah's budding relationship. I received an advanced uncorrected proof from Goodreads.
Brooke Gunderman-Harris
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Louisa Graham is a hardworking New Yorker who works at a bakery on the Lower East Side and loves everything about baking. So much so that she is working 12 hour shifts in order to save up to open her own restaurant by next Christmas. Louisa puts her heart and soul into these pastries and dessert so much her appearance and social life are a bit lacking, but Louisa is willing to sacrifice her want for a pet, and other frivolo
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Louisa works at a Manhattan bakery with, like most chefs, hopes to open her own restaurant one day. At the last minute, a TV show buys up all of her cinnamon rolls, because their rolls burned, and while they are a hit, they actually cause the TV show host to have an allergic reaction. Drama ensues as the whole crew was to leave for London that day to film a special Christmas show at Claridge's. The producers wants Louisa to go instead; this would obviously be a once in a lifetime opportunity for ...more
A fun holiday romance! As light and airy as one of Louisa's desserts!

I was really jealous of Louisa. Christmas in London would be wonderful. (Especially with a handsome man and a large expense account.) The two couples were darling and the two competitors were scum. I really liked the backstory for Kate and Trevor.

I will definitely read more by this author.
Carla Johnson-Hicks
This book has Louisa Graham being in the right place at the right time. She is working twelve hour shifts at a bakery in Manhattan the week before Christmas when the assistant for a cooking show barges in after closing and insists he needs to buy the freshly baked rolls that Louisa had just finished to sale the next morning. Initially turning him down, she relents when he offers free publicity for the bakery on the show. The problem is that the star of the show has an allergy to nutmeg, which is ...more
Laura Scribner
Dec 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
If it weren’t for book club, I never would’ve finished this book. I can’t say I wouldn’t have picked it up, but after about page 8, it would’ve been dropped.

I loved how the book started with descriptions on how baking is like traveling the world, but holy crap are the characters awful.

The women, despite the fact that we’re TOLD they’re totally professional and very good at what they do, are complete morons. At one point, lady #1 (who reads the exact same as lady #2, so why even bother with names
Nov 29, 2017 rated it liked it
While I did enjoy this cute little love story between Louisa and Noah, I did find this book teetering between three stars and four stars. I wasn't sure if I was too busy and couldn't read or if I just wasn't captured by this book and was slumping to finish it. However, it did boost up my holiday spirit in a sense and made me long for London even more so. Nonetheless, it was a typical love story and I saw the end coming from a mile away but I did relish the break between my binge of thrillers to ...more
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
I was really looking forward to reading this book, but as my 2 star review shows I was very disappointed.

The Kate character had a nice storyline and her personality did come across occasionally. If the book had been solely about her I probably would have given it a higher rating. The problem for me though was the Louisa character. I found her to be a bit of a whiner and somewhat childish. The first couple of chapters with her had me wanting to give up on this book. As far as the writing goes I
Nov 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Ugh! I requested this book for the cover and a little something to get me into the Christmas mood.

I read the whole book and still not sure why. A story of two women, one a pastry chef, Louisa, and one a television producer, Kate. Louisa was a huge dingbat with big ambitions. Kate wasn't as bad. I guess Kate kept me reading.

They both had two men after them. Stupid men. Why either of the ladies would bother with them, I have no idea.

I guess the biggest part of the enjoyment I somewhat felt was Go
Dec 09, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars
Linda Zagon
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it

Christmas in August? It is the end of August and I have just finished reading “Christmas in London” by Anita Hughes. Kudos to Anita Hughes for bringing the nostalgia and joyous feeling that accompanies Christmas. The author’s descriptions of the food, the Christmas trees, the presents, the partying, the snow gently falling down, creates the wonderful images of a Christmas season. Even better, the setting starts in New York and travels to the desc
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
2 Stars - 2.5 Flames

As many who follow me know, I'm not much of a "holiday" reader. Don't get me wrong. I've picked up a few here and there, but it's not often. But when my "review boss" asks me to check this out, I couldn't resist. Sigh...I wish I had.

To say that this author knows how to describe in detail would be an understatement. Although I enjoyed the details of London during the holidays, even the gourmet foods being created, it got to be...distracting after a while. Yes, London is breat
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Anita Hughes was born in Sydney, Australia. She attended UC Berkeley's Masters in Creative Writing program. She is the author of MONARCH BEACH, MARKET STREET, LAKE COMO, FRENCH COAST, ROME IN LOVE, ISLAND IN THE SEA, SANTORINI SUNSETS, CHRISTMAS IN PARIS, WHITE SAND, BLUE SEA, EMERALD COAST, CHRISTMAS IN LONDON and CALIFORNIA SUMMER, and CHRISTMAS IN VERMONT published by St. Martin's Press. ROME I ...more

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