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This Christmas, be whisked away by USA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan in this uplifting novel of friendship, the festive season, and risking everything for the biggest gift of all... It was supposed to be Christy Sullivan’s perfect Christmas getaway—a trip to Lapland with her family and best friend, Alix. But facing a make-or-break marriage crisis, Christy desper This Christmas, be whisked away by USA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan in this uplifting novel of friendship, the festive season, and risking everything for the biggest gift of all... It was supposed to be Christy Sullivan’s perfect Christmas getaway—a trip to Lapland with her family and best friend, Alix. But facing a make-or-break marriage crisis, Christy desperately needs time alone with her husband. Her solution? Alix can take Christy’s little daughter to Lapland, and they will reunite there for Christmas Day. It’s a big ask, but what else are friends for? There’s nothing Alix won’t do for Christy. But Christy’s request to save Christmas is giving Alix sleepless nights. She knows something is wrong, but for the first time ever, Christy isn’t talking. And even the Arctic temperatures in Lapland aren’t enough to dampen the seriously inconvenient sizzle Alix is developing for Zac, a fellow guest and nemesis from her past. As secrets unravel and unexpected romance shines under the northern lights, can Christy and Alix’s Christmas escape give them the courage to fight for the relationships they really want, and save the precious gift of each other’s friendship?


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This Christmas, be whisked away by USA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan in this uplifting novel of friendship, the festive season, and risking everything for the biggest gift of all... It was supposed to be Christy Sullivan’s perfect Christmas getaway—a trip to Lapland with her family and best friend, Alix. But facing a make-or-break marriage crisis, Christy desper This Christmas, be whisked away by USA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan in this uplifting novel of friendship, the festive season, and risking everything for the biggest gift of all... It was supposed to be Christy Sullivan’s perfect Christmas getaway—a trip to Lapland with her family and best friend, Alix. But facing a make-or-break marriage crisis, Christy desperately needs time alone with her husband. Her solution? Alix can take Christy’s little daughter to Lapland, and they will reunite there for Christmas Day. It’s a big ask, but what else are friends for? There’s nothing Alix won’t do for Christy. But Christy’s request to save Christmas is giving Alix sleepless nights. She knows something is wrong, but for the first time ever, Christy isn’t talking. And even the Arctic temperatures in Lapland aren’t enough to dampen the seriously inconvenient sizzle Alix is developing for Zac, a fellow guest and nemesis from her past. As secrets unravel and unexpected romance shines under the northern lights, can Christy and Alix’s Christmas escape give them the courage to fight for the relationships they really want, and save the precious gift of each other’s friendship?

30 review for The Christmas Escape

  1. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    The Christmas Escape by Sarah Morgan is a 2021 HQN publication. Robyn: Robyn has carved out a solid life in Lapland with husband, but a call from her niece, Christy, opens painful reminders of her past. Christy wants to bring her daughter, Holly, to meet Robyn and spend the holidays in Lapland. Robyn is thrilled, but also very nervous. What would Christy think about Robyn if she knew the truth about her… Christy: Christy and Seb married after she learned of her pregnancy. They hadn’t been seeing e The Christmas Escape by Sarah Morgan is a 2021 HQN publication. Robyn: Robyn has carved out a solid life in Lapland with husband, but a call from her niece, Christy, opens painful reminders of her past. Christy wants to bring her daughter, Holly, to meet Robyn and spend the holidays in Lapland. Robyn is thrilled, but also very nervous. What would Christy think about Robyn if she knew the truth about her… Christy: Christy and Seb married after she learned of her pregnancy. They hadn’t been seeing each other very long, but they were ready to give marriage a try. Now things aren’t going so well. Seb has been ‘working late’, their cottage needs costly repairs, and Christy is second guessing her choice to leave the city. Alix: Alix and Christy have been friends forever. Alix was vehemently opposed to Christy’s choice to marry Seb. Seb’s best friend, Zac, was the only thing standing in the way of her stopping the wedding. For five years Alix has been waiting for the other shoe to drop and now it looks like her predictions may be coming true… With Christy and Seb needing a few days alone, Alix and Zac proceed with the holiday trip to Lapland with Holly. They can’t stand each other, but are determined to do right by Holly… What could possibly go wrong? Sarah Morgan is one of my very favorite contemporary fiction writers, these days, but I missed out on her holiday offerings in 2020, so I wanted to be sure to add her latest Christmas book to my list this year. This is an ambitious story, with three threads, three couples, a child, dogs, and the holidays to navigate, but Morgan manages to make it look easy. For a while, I was beginning to wonder if Robyn’s thread would ever fully develop, but once she had the floor, I was blown away. Alix was hysterically funny, but in a poignant and bittersweet way. Life moves on, and people change and grow, relationships wax and wane and take on new dimensions and the friendship between Christy and Alix showcases the need to accept those changes, but also the importance of communication and empathy. Christy’s role, though, may have been the most important of all, as she is finally able to break the chain of unhealthy family tendencies, to live a more balanced life and set a great example for her children. At first, I was a bit concerned the drama would outweigh the holiday cheer, which was my chief complaint about last year’s crop of holiday fare, but once again Morgan manages to give me exactly what I wanted- reindeer, snow, hot cocoa, beautiful scenery, an adorable, precocious little girl, long overdue happy ever after’s, and the promise of new holiday traditions to come. What more could I possibly ask for?

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ceecee

    Robyn lives in Lapland with husband Erik and they own a snow spa. She is anxiously awaiting the arrival of her niece Christy who she hasn’t seen for years following estrangement from Christy's mother Elizabeth, now deceased. Christy is married to Seb and they have a lively young daughter Holly. Seb claims he has to work and won’t make the holiday start date but will travel on in a few days time. A suspicious Christy decides to stay with Seb and arranges for her best friend Alix and Seb’s best fr Robyn lives in Lapland with husband Erik and they own a snow spa. She is anxiously awaiting the arrival of her niece Christy who she hasn’t seen for years following estrangement from Christy's mother Elizabeth, now deceased. Christy is married to Seb and they have a lively young daughter Holly. Seb claims he has to work and won’t make the holiday start date but will travel on in a few days time. A suspicious Christy decides to stay with Seb and arranges for her best friend Alix and Seb’s best friend Zac to go ahead as planned taking Holly with them and the couple will join them as soon as possible. The scene is set for confronting issues both in the past and in relationships against a backdrop of the festive season. It has become a bit of a tradition with me to read a Sarah Morgan festive offering, though not always in August!!! She weaves a good yarn although I don’t find this one draws you in as immediately as previous books but once we’re in Lapland we’re off! The setting is the best part of the novel, it’s just wonderful as it evokes everything that makes Christmas magical. The snow spa is wonderful and enticing - when can I book??!! You have everything you associate such as dog sleds, the hot chocolate, the Aurora, the snow and cold, the hot chocolate, the food and obviously the hot chocolate! I really enjoy the inclusion and information about the traditions such as Falu Rödfärg, Falun Red the colour of houses in the far north of Sweden. The novel has the right mix of complex relationships and confronting issues such as lack of communication, friendship, family and parenthood as with some characters it sure is a case of ‘they [mess] you up your mum and dad..’.. The ups and downs of marriage and so on is done well, with a lot of eggshell treading but as Christmas is, amongst other things, a time of reflection it leads to fences being mended. There are a lot of characters to get your head around which means that some are not as well developed as others though the four main ones are done well and Holly livens up the pages. You do feel some exasperation at the beginning of the book with both Alix and Christy but Lapland and Christmas work their magic!, Once you get into this it’s an enjoyable read in the most enchanting of settings. 3.5 rounded up With thanks to NetGalley and especially to HQ for the much appreciated arc in return for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    I greedily look forward to Sarah Morgan’s Christmas book every year. The setting is always the most fun for me, and this year we are going to Lapland in the Arctic Circle in northern Sweden! But first, we have to get there, and that involves quite a bit of drama (which I enjoyed, too.) Christy and her husband Seb have been having issues. They’re stretched too thin financially. Christy believes Seb is having an affair. Christy’s best friend Alex has always disliked Seb and made no secret of it. C I greedily look forward to Sarah Morgan’s Christmas book every year. The setting is always the most fun for me, and this year we are going to Lapland in the Arctic Circle in northern Sweden! But first, we have to get there, and that involves quite a bit of drama (which I enjoyed, too.) Christy and her husband Seb have been having issues. They’re stretched too thin financially. Christy believes Seb is having an affair. Christy’s best friend Alex has always disliked Seb and made no secret of it. Christy has difficulty speaking up and just pretends things are fine when they are not. The family is supposed to go on a big vacation to Lapland, but Seb decides to send Christy and their daughter ahead alone, saying he has to work. A few questionable decisions by Christy/Seb in the parenting department made me more of an Alex fan TBH by this point. Fortunately, we soon get to Lapland and the setting was awesome! Northern lights. Snow. Pine forests. Reindeer. Saunas. Also, things are heating up between Alex and Zach--Seb’s best friend, who she professes to hate just a little too much. An absolutely charming Christmas story as always!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    This is a Christmas Women's Fiction/Romance. This is about two friends learning be open up, and they learn change is good. This book was one that I had trouble getting into, but it slowly grow on me. There was some twist I did not see coming. I loved the last part of this book, and the little girl in this book was so cute. I love the things that little said, and it made me remember when my daughter was little. This book had a lot of Christmas vibes in it. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this This is a Christmas Women's Fiction/Romance. This is about two friends learning be open up, and they learn change is good. This book was one that I had trouble getting into, but it slowly grow on me. There was some twist I did not see coming. I loved the last part of this book, and the little girl in this book was so cute. I love the things that little said, and it made me remember when my daughter was little. This book had a lot of Christmas vibes in it. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (Harlequin) or author (Sarah Morgan) via NetGalley, so I can give an honest review about how I feel about this book. I want to send a big Thank you to them for that.

  5. 4 out of 5

    ♥Rachel♥

    Loved! Review to come.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Gilbey

    Ah the Queen of a Christmas romance is back, and once more delivers in auroras! Set to stunning backdrop of Swedish Lapland this is a story of friendship, of hidden family secrets, of various relationships and also of new beginnings. And it really is a magical week in Lapland that changes the lives of all the main characters. I was enchanted from the first few pages and could really picture everything that was happening very vividly. Sarah Morgan has a way of describing snowy scenes and winter act Ah the Queen of a Christmas romance is back, and once more delivers in auroras! Set to stunning backdrop of Swedish Lapland this is a story of friendship, of hidden family secrets, of various relationships and also of new beginnings. And it really is a magical week in Lapland that changes the lives of all the main characters. I was enchanted from the first few pages and could really picture everything that was happening very vividly. Sarah Morgan has a way of describing snowy scenes and winter activities that make you want to ignore your own life and just jump into the pages of the book. I devoured this latest book in only a few hours while poolside, on the hottest day of my holiday, and it did slightly cool me off, reading about such wintery activities, while completely absorbing me within the pages, which I was reading happily. I couldn't get enough of this book, and already gutted that I'll have to wait ages for the next Sarah Morgan release, as I love her books so much. From dog sledding to the Northern Lights, from estranged long lost aunts to a fractured friendship, this book has it all and more and is well worth reading if you enjoy a fabulous story. Thank you to HQ and Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    Review coming soon.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kristy

    Christy Sullivan and her best friend Alix have spent Christmas together since they were children. This year they are planning to go to Lapland, a snowy wonderland. The trip will include Christy's husband and their young daughter, Holly. But when Christy faces trouble with her marriage, she asks Alix to take Holly to Lapland without her. She'll be joined by their family friend, Zac--whom Alix has been avoiding ever since Christy's wedding. But as Alix, Zac, and Holly enjoy their time in Lapland, Christy Sullivan and her best friend Alix have spent Christmas together since they were children. This year they are planning to go to Lapland, a snowy wonderland. The trip will include Christy's husband and their young daughter, Holly. But when Christy faces trouble with her marriage, she asks Alix to take Holly to Lapland without her. She'll be joined by their family friend, Zac--whom Alix has been avoiding ever since Christy's wedding. But as Alix, Zac, and Holly enjoy their time in Lapland, Alix realizes she may have made a mistake in avoiding him. Meanwhile, Christy starts to wonder if her friendship with Alix and marriage will survive the holidays. I hate rating books low, but this just did not work for me. It was a sweet enough story and I liked the fun, snowy Arctic setting, but, oh, this book could have been so much shorter and enjoyable. The repetition is intense, to the point I found myself skimming sections. We are constantly bombarded by everyone's thoughts and issues. Did you know Alix has commitment issues? Oh you will. Christy struggles with perfection? The overwhelming focus on the characters' tropes and the rehashing and pontificating on thoughts and feelings was incredibly frustrating. It was very slow moving with far more telling than showing. I was not that invested in Alix and Zac's relationship. There's a sweet storyline involving Christy's aunt, who lives at Lapland, which I enjoyed, and others have enjoyed the overall story more, so take my review with a grain of salt, but most of this book was just too repetitive and trite for me. 2.5 stars. I received a copy of this book from Harlequin and Netgalley in return for an unbiased review. Blog ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Smashbomb ~ Instagram

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I know that I am in for a treat when I pick up a book by Sarah Morgan. She is my go-to author for feel-good fiction and I always enjoy her books. Having read several now, I was excited for this new Christmas tale. And it definitely did not disappoint! Not only do Christy and Alix have romance issues, but friendship is clearly being tested. Despite being friends since they were children, both women have noticed that things are not what they used to be: with-holding personal details and not indulgi I know that I am in for a treat when I pick up a book by Sarah Morgan. She is my go-to author for feel-good fiction and I always enjoy her books. Having read several now, I was excited for this new Christmas tale. And it definitely did not disappoint! Not only do Christy and Alix have romance issues, but friendship is clearly being tested. Despite being friends since they were children, both women have noticed that things are not what they used to be: with-holding personal details and not indulging in secrets, both Alix and Christy feel increasingly detached from one another. The Lapland trip promises magic for Christy’s daughter, but when her husband, Seb, cannot make it from day one, Christy asks her best friend to babysit for a few days. This leads Christy discovering important home-truths about herself and her marriage, whilst Alix also experiences the ‘Lapland effect’ and realises that her current way of life is not as satisfying as she portrays. The theme of family connections runs throughout this book. Heading to Lapland gives Christy the opportunity to reconnect with her estranged aunt. It’s a daunting time, especially as Christy and her friend have predicted many outrageous reasons as to why Christy’s mother never acknowledged Robyn. Yet, the warm welcome that Robyn provides and the ensuing revealing conversation between the two, demonstrates the importance of love and family. Christy and Robyn have to move past the estrangement, and building bridges is a parallel that is reflected in Christy and Alix’s friendship. Both women do not realise how their behaviour is impacting the other – an honest conversation is well-overdue! Although this leads to pain and sorrow, it was nice to see them moving through it and to a stronger connection afterwards. The parallels between the characters show how even the closest of connections can come under strain when communication is not always honest. This is a delightful Christmas book, made even better with the setting. Huskies, hot chocolate and buckets of snow, Lapland enticed me into this book even more. Although I really enjoyed the plot development, I thought Morgan’s portrayal of the setting added to the cosiness of this story. The descriptions of the woodland, the northern lights, the cabins… it made me envious about Christy’s festive holiday. It was all so vivid that I could easily picture being snuggled up in one of Robyn’s delightful cabins and watching the stars overhead. Perfect for fans of Sarah Morgan, if you have yet to discover her writing, then give this one a go! It is a sweet, innocent story that is a match made with Christmas-time: it would make the perfect Christmas Eve read. There is so much love in these pages and such a positive vibe, that I think it would even cheer up the grumpiest of festive scrooges! With thanks to HQ Digital and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mackey

    Normally I really enjoy reading holiday themed books but this one just exhausted me. I think there was just too much going on so that none was developed as fully as it should have been. I would, however, love to go to Lapland!!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Powell

    Christy is a super regimented planner and her best friend Alix is a free spirit. A true case of opposites attract. When Christy does something wild for omce, it has a lasting effect on both their lives and changes the nature of their friendship. Years later, they’re dealing with life together but apart when they decide to plan a special Christmas trip for Christy’s daughter Holly and hope to reconnect with some of Christy’s estranged family so they go visit them in beautiful Lapland, where the h Christy is a super regimented planner and her best friend Alix is a free spirit. A true case of opposites attract. When Christy does something wild for omce, it has a lasting effect on both their lives and changes the nature of their friendship. Years later, they’re dealing with life together but apart when they decide to plan a special Christmas trip for Christy’s daughter Holly and hope to reconnect with some of Christy’s estranged family so they go visit them in beautiful Lapland, where the holidays are magical and have the possibility of healing the wounds if the past for them all. Cute story. Wish it had a little more holiday and a little less drama, but it was a nice escape for the evening. Thanks to HQN and Netgalley for this Arc in exchange for my review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader

    I really enjoy Morgan's Christmas books. And this one I feel in love with Holly and all the fun she had in the snow. What a great Christmas they all had together. The story line was great and the family dynamics was even better. This is a must read this holiday season. I hope you get the chance to getaway in The Christmas Escape. I highly recommend this 4 star getaway. I really enjoy Morgan's Christmas books. And this one I feel in love with Holly and all the fun she had in the snow. What a great Christmas they all had together. The story line was great and the family dynamics was even better. This is a must read this holiday season. I hope you get the chance to getaway in The Christmas Escape. I highly recommend this 4 star getaway.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Peggy

    A wonderful Christmas story about friendship, family and love. Set in Lapland, the home of the Aurora Borealis and Santa. We have lifelong girlfriends, an Aunt that has been estranged for a couple of decades and a delightful child to keep us fully entertained. I was sorry when it ended.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    Read this review on Fresh Fiction I’m a big fan of Sarah Morgan’s Contemporary Romances and so I was very eager to read this book. However, I went into this book thinking that it was going to be a cute and Christmassy novel. In the end, I think I got something very different but it wasn’t necessarily bad either. THE CHRISTMAS ESCAPE is more of an uplifting story rather than one that will charm your pants off. It’s got a more laidback vibe, which is much for fitting to the Women’s Fiction gen Read this review on Fresh Fiction I’m a big fan of Sarah Morgan’s Contemporary Romances and so I was very eager to read this book. However, I went into this book thinking that it was going to be a cute and Christmassy novel. In the end, I think I got something very different but it wasn’t necessarily bad either. THE CHRISTMAS ESCAPE is more of an uplifting story rather than one that will charm your pants off. It’s got a more laidback vibe, which is much for fitting to the Women’s Fiction genre than Romance. So although there is a romance in it and it’s very prominent, it didn’t feel like the charming stories that Morgan has written for her other series. This one blends Romance and Women’s Fiction genres a little more seamlessly, so that was something different for me. If you’re looking for an inspiring holiday read, then look no further. THE CHRISTMAS ESCAPE will definitely be a great escape from reality.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Wilson

    Sarah Morgan has a real knack for writing Christmas books - I mean she writes amazing books set year round but her Christmas ones are pretty special. I had been looking forward to reading this for ages so was chuffed to get a Netgalley copy and then when HQ messaged wanting to send me a proof I couldn’t wait to get settled in! We are about to experience another Christmas in Lapland, with the endless fields of snow, Christmas trees everywhere and of course the snow dogs… it wouldn’t be a trip to L Sarah Morgan has a real knack for writing Christmas books - I mean she writes amazing books set year round but her Christmas ones are pretty special. I had been looking forward to reading this for ages so was chuffed to get a Netgalley copy and then when HQ messaged wanting to send me a proof I couldn’t wait to get settled in! We are about to experience another Christmas in Lapland, with the endless fields of snow, Christmas trees everywhere and of course the snow dogs… it wouldn’t be a trip to Lapland without the dogs right. Oh, and the aurora… something that I would absolutely love to see for myself one day. The sled rides that we go on in this book just sound so romantic and magical and further fuel my desire to get out there one year… Christy is the main character in this but I found myself drawn more to Alix, I mean she works for a toy company so, hello! I felt like we got to know Alix in a deeper, more emotional way than Christy and that she had so much love to give. The one thing that everyone has in common in this book is how much they love Holly, if only they could love themselves, and each other as much… Talking of Holly, she is a firecracker! Never stops moving, extremely excitable and if there is something to climb she’s halfway up it already. The sheer enjoyment she has at the fact that she’s in Lapland is evident, she just wants to be out there building snowmen and having fun - isn’t this the whole spirit of Christmas?! Fun is the thing that Christy and Seb seem to be missing though, way too organised with her endless lists and ‘perfect’ life there seems to be a lot going on with her husband that she doesn’t even realise. I loved the few days we got to spend with Christy and Seb and you could tell how much they needed it and what a change it was going to make to everything going forward. Can I talk about the polar bear in the room? Or the wolf maybe? (You’ll get my gist if you’ve read this) I don’t think there could be much more tension when you put Alix and Zac together, oh boy did they rub each other up the wrong way. Zac is doing such a good job at annoying and frustrating Alix but even she can’t deny that they need to talk about THAT might… I loved this book, I was whisked away and engulfed in it, I really didn’t want to put it down at all and just found myself reading on. Sarah and smashed it with another winter fuelled tale of family, friendship and love in a book that will leave you with a smile on your face, a hot chocolate in your hand and a blanket around your lap.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Bridget

    Follow Alix and Christy in The Christmas Escape, a Christmas story of two friends who are in Lapland. Christy's Aunt Robyn lives in Lapland with husband Erik. Christy's daughter, Holly is going along too, as is Seb, Christy's husband and the plan is they will all meet up on Christmas day. Christy and Seb's marriage is in trouble and how strong is Alix and Christy's friendship? Well told by Sarah Morgan this tale contains lots to enthuse about. It is a lovely story about moving on from estrangemen Follow Alix and Christy in The Christmas Escape, a Christmas story of two friends who are in Lapland. Christy's Aunt Robyn lives in Lapland with husband Erik. Christy's daughter, Holly is going along too, as is Seb, Christy's husband and the plan is they will all meet up on Christmas day. Christy and Seb's marriage is in trouble and how strong is Alix and Christy's friendship? Well told by Sarah Morgan this tale contains lots to enthuse about. It is a lovely story about moving on from estrangement, family issues, secrets, parenthood, recognising the impact of behaviour on relationships, and friendship. The Christmas theme was terrific; all those sleigh rides, fresh snow and log cabins, the trees... Don't miss out as this is a fabulous festive read. I received a complimentary copy of this novel from HQ via NetGalley at my request and this review is my own unbiased opinion.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    The last two years I’ve read and adored the authors holidays releases, so I’ve definitely been eagerly awaiting her newest and I know I’m guaranteed a cozy and festive read. She has a magical way of creating the best Christmassy settings and her books always leave me with a sense of hope and warmth. One of the best things about a SM book is you’re getting a mix of romance and female relationships and this time it’s a friendship between Christy and Alix as well as Christy and Seb’s marriage and Al The last two years I’ve read and adored the authors holidays releases, so I’ve definitely been eagerly awaiting her newest and I know I’m guaranteed a cozy and festive read. She has a magical way of creating the best Christmassy settings and her books always leave me with a sense of hope and warmth. One of the best things about a SM book is you’re getting a mix of romance and female relationships and this time it’s a friendship between Christy and Alix as well as Christy and Seb’s marriage and Alix’s new potential romance with Zac. There’s also Robyn, Christy’s estranged aunt so there’s complicated family dynamics everywhere. Definitely a lot going on and plenty to keep you engaged, and of course there is also Christmas cheer in a beautiful setting. Rose Robinson is a delightful narrator and has a beautiful and melodic voice, she really swept me away and made the story that much more perfect. Add to your holiday TBR for sure!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jeanie

    NetGalley Member Review Cover Image: The Christmas Escape The Christmas Escape by Sarah Morgan Pub Date: 28 Oct 2021 Review by jeanie m, Reviewer Last updated on 8 Aug 2021 My Recommendation With grateful thanks to netgalley for an early copy in return for an honest opinion. DNF. I Read 21% of the book and sorry to say this book is not for me, I found the characters extremely annoying in the sense of not being able to speak up for themselves, rather far fetched but this is only my opinion. Don't forget! Com NetGalley Member Review Cover Image: The Christmas Escape The Christmas Escape by Sarah Morgan Pub Date: 28 Oct 2021 Review by jeanie m, Reviewer Last updated on 8 Aug 2021 My Recommendation With grateful thanks to netgalley for an early copy in return for an honest opinion. DNF. I Read 21% of the book and sorry to say this book is not for me, I found the characters extremely annoying in the sense of not being able to speak up for themselves, rather far fetched but this is only my opinion. Don't forget! Come back to your Review on the pub date, 28 Oct 2021, to post to these retailers.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nicola Clough

    Sarah Morgan’s books are always good they never disappoint you and this one certainly doesn’t it’s a great read and full of Christmas spirit being away romantic and heartbreaking as well and being away with friend. The characters are great and you will love a great Christmas story. Christie is desperate for time with just her husband she thinks he’s having an affair but learns he’s lost his job and Alix is very friendly with Christie but feels that she is keeping things from her and loosing her Sarah Morgan’s books are always good they never disappoint you and this one certainly doesn’t it’s a great read and full of Christmas spirit being away romantic and heartbreaking as well and being away with friend. The characters are great and you will love a great Christmas story. Christie is desperate for time with just her husband she thinks he’s having an affair but learns he’s lost his job and Alix is very friendly with Christie but feels that she is keeping things from her and loosing her friend they are all meant to be going to Lapland together and Christie decides she needs to stay with her husband Seb so she asks her best friend to take her daughter away with her husbands best friend zac but they don’t get on but agree but she’s upset her friend is hiding something from her. Christie’s aunt also lives in Lapland and that’s who they are going to stay with but when Christie gets time with her his abs they start learning a few things about each other and end up dashing off to Lapland. Alix is not wanting to be close to zac as she forest want to admit her feeling for him but when they are forced to stay in the same lodge how will things go will there be romance for all and will secrets come out and everyone be friends again.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    A charming Christmas story with a fun, unique setting. The characters were likable and I liked that they had some depth to them. However, the story and the dialogue just dragged on and I lost interest. We don’t need as much backstory, and we certainly didn’t need to be reminded of the backstory so many times. The dialogue was so stretched out that I started skimming. Overall, a fun Christmas read but needs a heavy edit. My thanks to the publisher for the advance reader in exchange for my honest A charming Christmas story with a fun, unique setting. The characters were likable and I liked that they had some depth to them. However, the story and the dialogue just dragged on and I lost interest. We don’t need as much backstory, and we certainly didn’t need to be reminded of the backstory so many times. The dialogue was so stretched out that I started skimming. Overall, a fun Christmas read but needs a heavy edit. My thanks to the publisher for the advance reader in exchange for my honest review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    I love Sarah Morgan and her writing style just this did not live up to my usual love of her books. I struggled to get into it not relating to the characters too well. I feel it repeated the storyline over and over for much of the middle of the book, took too long to get into and did not end on a particular high or of any surprise to me. I do however love the main focus is on friendship over love 2.5 just for that.

  22. 5 out of 5

    smalltownbookmom

    A feel-good, heartwarming story all about second chances - second chances at love, second chances at friendship and second chances at reconnecting to estranged family members. The story also takes place in Lapland over the holidays which was a lot of fun and really made me want to add it to my places to visit list! Recommended for fans of Debbie Macomber or Susan Mallery. Also this one is great on audio and the actual physical book is absolutely gorgeous!!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ritu Bhathal

    You can't go wrong with a Sarah Morgan Christmas book, can you? Well, I'm pretty certain of that fact, and I loved this one as much as the others that I have read. This story centres around three main characters, Robyn, her niece, Christy and Christy's best friend Alix. Robyn lives in Lapland with her husband Erik and has been estranged from her family for many years, yet, out of the blue, she receives an email from her niece, wanting to come over. Christy is nervously excited at the thought of meet You can't go wrong with a Sarah Morgan Christmas book, can you? Well, I'm pretty certain of that fact, and I loved this one as much as the others that I have read. This story centres around three main characters, Robyn, her niece, Christy and Christy's best friend Alix. Robyn lives in Lapland with her husband Erik and has been estranged from her family for many years, yet, out of the blue, she receives an email from her niece, wanting to come over. Christy is nervously excited at the thought of meeting her aunty, the Rebel Robyn, about whom she knows nothing, other than her mother refused to discuss her, at all. She's due to take her family; husband Seb and small, feisty daughter Holly to visit her rebel aunt, with her best friend and ally, Alix in tow, too, all the way to Lapland. But, things happen. (Of course, they do!) And she finds herself having to ask her best friend a huge favour, i.e. stepping in as 'mum' for a while, as she sorts out something personal, meaning Alix has to go to Lapland with Holly. With backup, of course. Zak. Who happens to be Seb's best friend, and apparently a sworn enemy of Alix's. Yes, it is a romance, in many ways, and how can you not get romantic, thinking of the Northern Lights, and midnight sleigh rides, the snow, and saunas... Though, more than that, I felt this book was about relationships and friendships, and misunderstandings. How something that seems so small can end up becoming bigger than you realise, and that thing you thought was huge, actually isn't important at all. A fabulous read that I devoured pretty much in one sitting on a Bank Holiday Monday! Many thanks to NetGalley and HQ for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Carol Beasley

    Sarah Morgan is easily one of my favourite authors, no matter when or where the story is set she always managed to conjure up such a clear picture of her characters and their lives. This is definitely no different and if you want a christmassy adventure then this book is definitely for you.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Heather K Veitch

    What’s Christmas without a Sarah Morgan novel?! And I’m so glad I had the opportunity to review this latest from the queen of heartwarming stories. Christy has the perfect Christmas all planned out: a trip to Lapland with her husband Seb, daughter Holly, and best friend Alix. However, when Christy finds her marriage threatened, she decides to send Holly with Alix to Lapland and planned, and then follow on with Seb a few days later, hopefully with marriage intact. From Alix’s point of view, she’s What’s Christmas without a Sarah Morgan novel?! And I’m so glad I had the opportunity to review this latest from the queen of heartwarming stories. Christy has the perfect Christmas all planned out: a trip to Lapland with her husband Seb, daughter Holly, and best friend Alix. However, when Christy finds her marriage threatened, she decides to send Holly with Alix to Lapland and planned, and then follow on with Seb a few days later, hopefully with marriage intact. From Alix’s point of view, she’s nervous about being a good guardian to Holly — and about Zac, Seb’s best friend and someone with whom she has a troubled history, who is also coming along at the last minute. Then there’s the added tension that Christy’s estranged aunt, Robyn, owns the Lapland resort where they’re all due to stay, and some secrets just need airing… The narrative splits between Christy and Seb in London, and Alix, Zac, and Holly in Lapland. All of this takes place in the few days before Christmas and over the holiday itself, which is always a time for sentimentality and nostalgia. It’s also a time which some people find difficult, and so poignant heartbreak and old wounds can rise to the surface. Deftly balancing all the action and emotions of her cast, Morgan weaves her usual festive spell over the reader: here is the winter joy which lifts the soul, the spirit of the season which soothes suffering and wraps you in a much-needed hug, the awe and wonder of snow and family, whether by blood or found through experience and love. Having read many Sarah Morgan novels before, I did notice the re-use of a plot device here and there, but on the whole these didn’t detract from the story or my enjoyment of The Christmas Escape. I should know by now that while Morgan is an expert at giving us these heartfelt family dramas and love stories, she is also adroit at breaking the reader’s heart, and challenging their own experiences even as her words gather us up and sew us back together again. So it was with The Christmas Escape, which — due to personal reasons — I found extremely challenging in places, and which had me bawling long before the final scene. This is definitely a novel to read with the Kleenex handy. That said, the plotting and pacing were excellent and there was an overwhelmingly grounded and magical sense of place, whether in the English countryside, London, New York, or Lapland. I loved the very realistic portrayal of family and friendship — the events and experiences, large or small, which can tie us together or serve to drive us apart — and how miscommunication and assumptions can just make things thornier. I found this book to be a beautiful (if challenging) read, and I loved being back in the magic and wonder of Sarah Morgan’s Christmas novels; it’s actually become one of my favourites already, with my physical copy now on the way. Highly, highly recommended. I received an e-ARC from the publisher, HQ, through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Furthermore, in the interests of transparency, I know the author via Facebook.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    I read The Christmas Escape over a couple of days and it certainly put me in a festive mood. Christy, Seb and their daughter Holly are getting ready to head to Lapland for Christmas to stay with Christy’s Aunt Robyn. They’re being joined by Christy’s best friend Alix. When a crisis occurs, they ask Alix to take Holly to Lapland herself and they’ll follow in a few days time. Alix will do anything for her best friend so eagerly agreed until she finds out her nemesis Zac will also be in Lapland. Wi I read The Christmas Escape over a couple of days and it certainly put me in a festive mood. Christy, Seb and their daughter Holly are getting ready to head to Lapland for Christmas to stay with Christy’s Aunt Robyn. They’re being joined by Christy’s best friend Alix. When a crisis occurs, they ask Alix to take Holly to Lapland herself and they’ll follow in a few days time. Alix will do anything for her best friend so eagerly agreed until she finds out her nemesis Zac will also be in Lapland. Will the Arctic temperatures dampen the spark between them? This is a heartwarming novel with some great characters. It paints a wonderful picture of Swedish Lapland and you can easily imagine the beautiful cabins, crisp snow and romantic dog sled rides. Perfect for curling up with a hot chocolate and getting into the festive spirit. Thank you to NetGalley, HQ and the author for the chance to review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Megan Thornton

    DNF at 51% I’ve enjoyed Morgan’s work in the past, but this fell very flat for me. I had to suspend my disbelief too many times. I had to bottle my rage at characters too many times. Seb doesn’t tell his wife that he lost his job. She thinks he’s having an affair. When she realizes her mistake, she apologizes! She is not in the wrong and I’m so tired of women apologizing for things that aren’t their fault. Also, he throws her planner away because she needs to “lighten up.” This is terrible. She’s DNF at 51% I’ve enjoyed Morgan’s work in the past, but this fell very flat for me. I had to suspend my disbelief too many times. I had to bottle my rage at characters too many times. Seb doesn’t tell his wife that he lost his job. She thinks he’s having an affair. When she realizes her mistake, she apologizes! She is not in the wrong and I’m so tired of women apologizing for things that aren’t their fault. Also, he throws her planner away because she needs to “lighten up.” This is terrible. She’s doing all this emotional labor and keeping their household and family running, doing things that are important to her, and he just throws her planner away. How am I supposed to root for this guy? And why and how would a couple ever convince two friends (who don’t know each other) to take their daughter to another country for the holidays. I love forced proximity but this makes zero sense. Was there no other way to get the characters to spend time together? The child is written terribly, but honestly most books ever written fail at this so it’s not a huge deal. There are not enough dialogue tags. I constantly had to go back and remember who was speaking as they converse. Also, I know that this is an ARC but there were so many typos. So many. It was exhausting. This whole book felt rushed. Thanks to NetGalley and the Publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Louise Marley

    Sarah Morgan is one of my go-to authors if I'm feeling a bit down. Her heart-warming romantic comedies are always guaranteed to put the smile back on my face. I was so excited to receive an early copy of The Christmas Escape I couldn't wait to read it - even though it was the middle of summer! Christy Sullivan has planned the perfect Christmas holiday to Lapland with her husband Seb, daughter Holly and best friend Alix. She's also hoping to finally meet her long-lost aunt Robyn. But facing a make Sarah Morgan is one of my go-to authors if I'm feeling a bit down. Her heart-warming romantic comedies are always guaranteed to put the smile back on my face. I was so excited to receive an early copy of The Christmas Escape I couldn't wait to read it - even though it was the middle of summer! Christy Sullivan has planned the perfect Christmas holiday to Lapland with her husband Seb, daughter Holly and best friend Alix. She's also hoping to finally meet her long-lost aunt Robyn. But facing a make-or-break marriage crisis, Christy desperately needs time alone with Seb. How can she deprive her daughter of a dream holiday? Her solution is to ask Alix to take her daughter, with the help of Seb's friend Zac, and they will all reunite on Christmas Day. After all, what are friends for? Well, there's nothing Alix won't do for Christy but Christy's plan is going to severely test their friendship, because Alix and Zac have a complicated history of their own... The Christmas Escape is about family and friendships, how those relationships change over time and need to adapt. My favourite character was Alix. I love characters with flaws and poor Alix has a lot of emotional baggage. Although a loyal friend, she has a habit of speaking her mind - very bluntly. She's never been much of a fan of Seb either - tricky when he's married to her best friend! Due to her own dysfunctional childhood, she hasn't got a clue about Christmas or how to look after children. Now Christy has entrusted her with Holly, who is one of those children that things just 'happen' to. How can Alix hope to keep Holly safe in Lapland, with so many accidents waiting to happen? Then there's Zac, who she was perfectly happy to never see again after their last explosive encounter. Now she's expected her to go on holiday with him? This won't be the relaxing break she was hoping for... One of my favourite books this year, The Christmas Escape is the perfect festive read, especially for fans of Sarah Morgan, authors like Jill Shalvis, enemies-to-lovers tropes, destination fiction, feel-good romantic comedy, and anyone who's ever dreamt of escaping the humdrum for a perfect Christmas! Thank you to Sarah Morgan and HQ for my copy of this book, which I requested via NetGalley and reviewed voluntarily.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Akcherrybomb

    Sarah Morgan delivers another festive snow sprinkled read yet again! Follow Christy as she plans a festive escape to Lapland for her family, she has thought of and planned every moment. Join the family as they head to Lapland and take in the snowy sights. A feel good family story about love, friendship, family feuds, marriage and opening up and communicating better. I now want to go to lapland...if Sarah was a travel agent I would be sold a holiday far too easily!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    This wonderful Christmas themed book set in Lapland and it was a delight to read from start to finish. The setting is magical and described in detail, the author conjures up vivid images of the frigid beauty of Lapland. The sleigh rides, Northern Lights and cosy fires all add to the atmosphere as well as the traditions and some history of Lapland make it a cosy and interesting read. Romance is not at the forefront in the story it is more focused on the exploration of the relationships of the main This wonderful Christmas themed book set in Lapland and it was a delight to read from start to finish. The setting is magical and described in detail, the author conjures up vivid images of the frigid beauty of Lapland. The sleigh rides, Northern Lights and cosy fires all add to the atmosphere as well as the traditions and some history of Lapland make it a cosy and interesting read. Romance is not at the forefront in the story it is more focused on the exploration of the relationships of the main characters and addresses their complexities and family dynamics. Four couples’ relationships are an integral part of the story; Robyn’s past relationship with her deceased sister and what caused it to fracture, we are left guessing until near the end. Alix and Christy’s now fragile friendship and what caused the growing rift between them. Alix and Zac rekindling their romance, after they were forced together to look after Holly, Christy’s little girl in Lapland. I really like these two together their banter and chemistry was brilliant. Lastly, Christy and Seb sorting out the difficulties in their complicated marriage, Christy learning to trust him and rediscovering their love for one another. The Christmas Escape is a beautiful Christmassy read, you can’t go wrong reading Sarah Morgan’s books and this is no exception. Uplifting and heartwarming you are sure to enjoy this one. Thank you to the publisher for the eARC for review. My review will be published across my social media platforms nearer to the publication date and Amazon when published. TWISTED IN PAGES BLOG

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