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What Happens at Christmas

Published Date: December 5, 2017

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Kidnapped for Christmas?

Best-selling author Andrew Vitruvius knows that any publicity is good publicity. His agent tells him that often, so it must be true. In the run-up to Christmas, she excels herself – talking him into the craziest scheme yet: getting himself kidnapped, live on TV.

But when the plan goes ahead and Drew is unceremoniously thrown in the back of a van before being dragged to a hut in middle of the Brecon Beacons, it all starts to feel a little bit too real.

Meanwhile, not far away, Lori France and her four-year-old niece Misty are settling in to spend the holidays away after unexpected events leave them without a place to stay. Little do they know they’re about to make a shocking discovery and experience a Christmas they’re not likely to forget …

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Evonne Wareham

Evonne Wareham was born in South Wales and spent her childhood there. After university she migrated to London, where she worked in local government, scribbled novels in her spare time and went to the theatre a lot. Now she’s back in Wales, living by the sea, writing and studying a PHD in history. She still loves the theatre, likes staying in hotels and enjoys the company of other authors through her membership of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.

Evonne’s debut novel, Never Coming Home won the 2012 Joan Hessayon New Writers’ Award, the 2013 Colorado Romance Writers’ Award for Romantic Suspense, the Oklahoma National Readers’ Choice Award for Romantic Suspense plus was a nominee for a Reviewers’ Choice Award from RT Book Reviews.

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Customer Reviews


  1. Melissa Borsey
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    A delightfully fun read for Christmas! This was a very engaging story with great characters. I loved Lori and Drew and spent a good portion of the book hoping they would find each other again! Highly recommend!

  2. Yvonne Greene
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    I loved this story! The characters were unusual, especially the leading character who was an action man famous author. What could he possibly have in common with an ordinary woman who had to spend Christmas looking after her niece? As it turns out – plenty! The story was totally engaging and kept you interested with some unexpected twists and turns. Wonderful characters who you wanted to learn more about and see what would happen to them. A perfect read for a cold winter evening.

  3. Gill L.
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    This was a cracker – I really enjoyed it. The story is about Lori who is an aspiring author, and is bamboozled into caring for her small niece over Christmas. Drew is already an author, writing dare devil type stories for which he does his own physically demanding research. However, his latest escapade goes dramatically adrift – someone intends a fake kidnapping to actually be very real, with the hopeful outcome being Drew’s demise.

    I liked all the people I was supposed to like, and thoroughly disliked Lori’s sister as I was intended. I did have my own ideas as to who had rigged Drew’s kidnap, but thought I was wrong for a while. It was gratifying to be right in the end! I have no hesitation in recommending this novel to anybody, it took no reading at all – I had to keep going till it was very satisfactorily finished – another late night/early morning then!

  4. Ruth Nagele
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    If you are going to buy just one Christmas book, I thoroughly recommend What Happens at Christmas is the one to choose. A mystery and a love story, Evonne Wareham’s latest book is a delightfully absorbing read. No need to limit this just for Christmas as the plot occurs over twelve months. A tremendous read whether summer or winter.

  5. Els Ebraert
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    A very fluently written book that keeps your attention from the beginning until the end. A story full of emotions : tears, smiles, love, jalousy, hate and to give it some extra pizzazz, a touch of suspense. Curl up in your favourite chair with your favourite drink and something to nibble on and enjoy it or if you are looking for a good gift to put under the christmas tree, you have now found it.

  6. Jo Lambert
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    Drew Vitruvius is a best-selling writer of action novels. To make his writing as authentic as possible he turns himself into a Bear Grylls type character, acting out the hero’s part during dangerous scenes. When his agent asks him to join a selection of celebrities who are willing to ‘kidnapped’ and ransomed back for charity he has misgivings but eventually accepts. But the fictitious kidnap goes wrong and he finds himself chained in a shed in the middle of a wood.
    Wannabe author Lori France’s house is a building site after recent flood damage. Plans to work her way around spending Christmas in the upheaval are thrown into chaos, when her selfish movie star sister Skylark dumps small daughter Misti on her in order to jet of with her latest boyfriend. Luckily she’s thrown a lifeline by one of the builders: a stay in his grandmother’s empty barn conversion in the Brecon Beacons. It’s on a walk in the woods one afternoon that Lori and Misti come across a shed containing a dishevelled stranger.
    I absolutely loved this story. The romance between Drew and Lori developed at a good pace through the book. There were a lot of teasing moments but it was great when they eventually got together. Then there was drama. Drew’s celebrity kidnap had gone wrong. Who wanted him dead? Christmas at the barn conversion was quite magical. Misti was really cute. She didn’t annoy as some child characters often do – as Drew commented ‘4 going on 40’! After the highs of course there had to be lows, when Drew left Lori determined to find out who wanted him killed. Do they eventually find each other again? Well you need to read the book to find out. I really enjoyed the whole journey Evonne Wareham took me on – it’s worth every one of the five stars I’ve given it.

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