#review The Beachside Christmas by Karen Clarke


Tinsel, fairy lights and mistletoe… Everything you need for a perfect Beachside Christmas.

When Lily Ambrose needs a fresh start, she remembers her happy childhood holidays in the seaside town of Shipley, and decides it’s the perfect place for a cosy Christmas hideaway.

Keen to make new friends, Lily promises to source a celebrity to turn on the Christmas lights. But when reality star Ollie turns up with his cameraman Craig, with plans to make a TV show out of his stay, things quickly go awry.

Ollie is gorgeous but unruly, and soon decides that staging a romance with a normal girl – a girl like Lily – is exactly what he needs to save his fading reputation…

With new neighbours to impress, and Ollie’s over-enthusiastic attentions to fend off, can Lily bring the Christmas cheer back to Shipley – and find herself a real kiss under the mistletoe?

A heart-warming and uplifting read about friendship, romance, and Christmas spirit. Perfect for fans of Phillipa Ashley, Cathy Bramley, and Debbie Johnson.


A hilariously wonderful, festive Christmas tale!

This is my favorite Christmas book that I’ve read this year, and trust me, I’ve read a lot! It has all the elements of what I’m looking for in a Christmas book: festive atmosphere, a little romance and a healthy dose of hilarity. There are mince pies galore, Christmas light competitions, snowfall, and a very funny reality star.

I have already added the other two books in the series and I can’t wait to read them.

4/5 stars

Thank you to Netgalley, Bookcouture and Karen Clarke for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


  1. Holly B / Dressedtoread · December 18

    What an adorable cover! Sounds like one for the TBR.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Sharlene Hammond · December 18

    Ooooooohhhhh!!!!! Adding this to my list! Thanks, Melisa!

    Liked by 1 person

    • thebookcollective · December 18

      You’re welcome! It’s definitely a funny, feel good Christmas story! I have been scouring for a good one this season and I finally found it😊


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