christmas ever after

Review of ‘Christmas Ever After’ – Sarah Morgan

In Book Reviews by Nya37 Comments

And it’s finally time for a book review – I am so excited, aren’t you?
Those who know me know that while my main interest is Fantasy and Science Fiction, I occasionally enjoy reading or watching something absolutely girly! This guilty pleasure of mine includes anything in the very well known ‘chick lit’ genre, as long as it is funny and light, because that’s usually my mood when I decide to read these books.

I know this review is a bit late, it should had been posted much sooner; but thanks to my Kindle, I have all the relevant notes with me, so I can still share with you my own experience and personal thoughts about the book.

When it comes to review this type of books, I don’t expect unpredictable plots or an amazing master piece. So the rating is based on how enjoyable and entertaining reading this book was for me (and to be completely honest, that’s how rating works for me, in general).


christmas ever after coverChristmas Ever After
Puffin Island #3
Sarah Morgan
Publication date: October 2015
Genres: Romance, Chick Lit


Spend the holidays on charming Puffin Island with USA TODAY bestselling author Sarah Morgan’s ultimate feel-good read!

Skylar Tempest has never understood Alec Hunter’s appeal. So what if he’s a world-renowned historian? He’s also cynical, aloof and determined to think the worst of her. So when a twist of fate finds her spending the lead-up to Christmas with Alec and his family, she’s not expecting the season to be either merry or bright.

Alec has learned the hard way not to trust beautiful women—and Skylar is the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen. But as he watches her throw herself into his family’s festive chaos, Alec realises there is far more to this blonde bombshell than meets the eye.

With Christmas around the corner, Alec and Skylar return to Puffin Island, a tentative bond forged between them. Neither intends to fall in love, but as the nights become darker, and the fire between them grows hotter, could this be the chance for Alec and Skylar to find their own happy ending?

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The Plot

Of course, it will be no surprise to you that the plot is pretty much predictable. Not even the synopsis hides that fact, it completely gives it away. The selling point of this book is that even you being perfectly aware of the direction of the plot, it’s that sort of thing you still want to read, and live. You want to hear about the story of two people who apparently hate each other, but discover they have more than in common than they’d initially thought. You want to hear about people who chose love over comfort and convenience. You want to hear that people can still fall in love even after having lost complete faith. The plot might be predictable yes, but sometimes, all you need is a bit of romance and faith in your life. And for that, this book is pretty much inspiring, if not a bit naive.


The Characters

Despite the fact that I liked all the “fireworks” and the love-hate relationship between Skylar and Alec, I didn’t feel much for each one of them individually. Alec was the though, unavailable and unreachable guy with a broken heart, which was a safe bet for swooning material. Then Skylar, insanely beautiful, who is so much more than your average hot girl. To be fair, it’s refreshing to read a book that features a bombshell with a brain as opposed to the overused plain Jane. Who said you can’t be pretty, care about your pretty shoes, but still have a brain and be willing to get dirty (in all senses, really). I do think Skylar was a character with so much potential. At some point, though, it gives the impression as if she is trying too hard, and even comes across as needy sometimes. She wants to be tough but in fact, most of the time, she is trying to convince Alec of how much he needs to give a try to a relationship and be happy again – much to her benefit. During the rest of the time, she is simply being way too physical, in every kind of possible situation and scenario, in order to probably compensate the emptiness in her heart. It was just a bit too much. Apart from that, I have to say I loved her attitude towards both her family and ex.

Me not being a pet person, I absolutely despised the stereotype about dog lovers and how this was used to depict a bad image about Alec’s ex. Okay, we get it, the woman is horrible and uninteresting. But what does that have to do with liking or not liking dogs? “You are so different from my ex, you actually like dogs?” So what?


The Writing Style

I thought the writing style was very suitable to the genre and progression of the story. The author doesn’t use the chapters as a separation between POVs, but instead we have access to both Skylar and Alec’s POV (individually) which makes us feel as if we are inside the characters’ minds.

Overall, Christmas Ever After was a fun, enjoyable read, along the lines of ‘You know how it’s going to end, but you still want to read’. It had unexplored potential that could be used to actually defy the genre, and relied a bit too much in stereotypes and tropes.


  1. I’m travelling for long hours this coming Christmas holiday, and I think this might be a good company along the road. I’m curious about this story line.

  2. I sometimes look for light reads and this will definitely fall under that category. Although predictable I guess you are right that sometimes we just need a book that will help us unwind and not think too much about complicated plots. Haven’t read any book from Sarah Morgan yet so maybe I can make this my first book from her.

  3. I’ve been reading the Anita Blake book series and as the series progress it get more and more heavy so I’m fed looking for something light to read

  4. I, too, enjoy light hearted books every now and then with predictable plots. Sometimes it’s nice to hear about things working out for people because lately there are too many bad things in the world. Thanks for the review, I think I’ll add this to my list!

    1. Author

      I completely agree. Sometimes all I want is to escape from reality and go to dream world 🙂 I hope you enjoy it

  5. Seems like such a great book and reading your review in May felt so great because I really like Christmas! <3

    1. Author

      Haha I love Christmas too, I don’t know why because I am not even religious. I think it’s the spirit.

  6. I am always looking for a new book to read. I have heard of this book and have read Sarah Morgan books before- love them.

    1. Author

      This is the first time I have read a book of her. It does the fit the mood you’d expect.

  7. I am more into romantic fiction yet its been long i havent grab myself a novel to read.
    Well, reading your review certainly gives me the chills and excitment of a digging into novels. Thanks for bringing back my lost love 🙂

    1. Author

      I am a bit of a book addict as you can see haha, but I do have phases. I am, at this moment, going through an extremely slow reading phase, but well, life does get busy sometimes. I hope you find some time to relax and read a bit, even if it’s just one page per day 🙂

  8. Usually I can get past cliches if the story is interesting enough. I think I would probably enjoy reading this closer to Christmas time.

    1. Author

      I have read this a little while ago, closer to Christmas actually, so yes, I would probably recommend the same:)

  9. I liked your honesty in writing this review. I haven’t read the book but it seems like you did your best to give an unbiased review. I especially liked “You are so different from my ex, you actually like dogs?” So what?” 🙂

    1. Author

      Thank you so much, I always do my best to give my honest opinion with all due respect to the authors of course. Haha I am glad you liked that bit 🙂

  10. Never heard of this book before but it does sound good from the review you have written. Do they have an e-book as well? I don’t really get time to read now after becoming a mum but I think I should get this one.

    Fatima |

    1. Author

      Hi Fatima, yes, even though it was not my favorite book, it’s still a nice and fun read, you can get the kindle version 🙂 At least on Amazon UK it’s still available.

  11. It definitely is a predictable read but I think that predictable reads make for the best guilty pleasures. Especially when you are travelling.

  12. I’ve never heard about this book before. Your book review is great! Happy endings are the best!

  13. From your description it looks like a very easy book to read, perfect to take on a train or, cause summer is approaching, at the beach, even if the action takes place in winter. I think that bad books are pretty much the ones that you will read when you are bored and you just want to escape for a bit from reality, and just need a cheesy story to dive into. 🙂

    1. Author

      Ohhh yes beach is my favorite place to read chick lit!! And I completely agree, even when you know the book is bad, it’s simply entertaining haha.

  14. I love fantasy too, even YA lit but I will admit I love reading chick lit on holidays or at times when I’m studying and sick of reading ‘heavy’ academic stuff. I hate predictable plots but as you said what you see is what you get with this one. I like the point you raised about the protagonist being a bombshell with a brain instead of the plain jane. It IS so overused now, you’re right. The whole 50 Shades thing started this new trend of the under-dog girl who the finest most desirable men cannot be without all of a sudden. Boringggg. I might download this one onto my Kindle for later in the year. I always have something of this genre on hand for when the mood strikes me!

    1. Author

      Thank you so much for the thoughtful comment, Amy, it’s always a pleasure to have you here:) I have the exact same feeling about chick lit. Sometimes it’s just the perfect escape you need, and it takes my mind off things. Christmas and Summer holidays (hint: beach) are normally the times when I am more tempted to read this type of stuff.

      1. Haha yes! It’s the perfect genre for half reading/half people-watching at the beach!

  15. Good book review. Everyone loves a feel good moment and happy ending stories are sometimes all that we need to cheer ourselves up.

  16. Some girly movies/TV-Shows can be my guilty pleasure as well and that’s why we are a perfect match together <3
    Even though I don't like those kind of books and I won't read it, first because of the genre/story, but also you gave it a bad rating haha, It doesn't change the fact that your reviews are still awesome. I missed your reviews. Even about a book that is not so awesome, I have so much pleasure reading you, like always! Tu es vraiment extraordinaire.

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