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Thank you to Angie Hickman for providing me with a free audiobook of this story in return for an honest and unbias review.
Tinsel in a Tangle is a really refreshing Christmas romance set in Flitterndorf, where Santa, or Meister K, in this book, reside. Tinsel is known amongst her clan for bringing chaos in her wake. Having human blood in her genes, she stands much taller than the other elves and lacks that special Christmas talent. Not only that, she is developing feelings for the Kringle next in line for Father Christmas, Niklas, despite the Flitterndorf law ‘romance between elves and Kringles is forbotten’. Plus Niklas seems so intent on watching her fall, there’s no way it could ever happen.
The whole idea of this story was fantastic. I’m a huge Christmas fan but have never actually read a Christmas story before and didn’t get around to listening to this until a few days after Christmas when I was starting to get the post-festive/pre-back to work blues. This story got me back into that fuzzy Christmas spirit for a little while longer.
Tinsel was a really loveable elf. She was friendly, clumsy and desperate to find her place in Flitterndorf. Throughout the book we also see her grow, she begins as a very naive elf with a bit of a crush on Niklas Kringle. As the book goes on, she gets stronger and braver and learns to confront him.
Niklas was also a really good character, he was far from being a perfect book boyfriend, but his flaws were made very obvious, the main one, wanting to be perfect. When he was being sweet to Tinsel he was very sweet and was very close to making it into my book boyfriend list…who wouldn’t want a sexy Santa boyfriend??
This story has its own take on Christmas and it’s traditions and they are all fantastic. Flitterndorf has a very German feel to it. Elves wear dirndls, which I think is adorable. The idea of the Kringles passing the role of Santa down the line is also very well thought out, the same as how Children see young, handsome Niklas as old, fat Santa.
Little details that were mentioned throughout the story had a good meaning at the end of the book, like Niklas’ favourite drink and the name of their town.
Angie Hickman was fantastic as the narrator of this book. Her use of Scottish accents was absolutely brilliant and she had this wonderful distinct voice for young children that made them very easy to picture. She really helped to make this story what it was.
I don’t actually have any ‘not my cup of tea’ points because I thought it was a brilliant story. It really helped me keep the Chritsmassy feeling a little bit longer.
I would love to see this as a movie! I’m pretty sure it would quickly become a favourite next to Elf and Nativity!
What did you love best about Tinsel in a Tangle?
I loved the detail given to the class levels among the residents of the North Pole and the intricate explanation of how North Pole life was. Laurie Germaine paints a very vivid picture of what the North Pole looks like and talking reindeer was an added perk.
What other book might you compare Tinsel in a Tangle to and why?
Tinsel in a Tangle reminded me a whole lot of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. Tinsel was constantly getting into messes, has a secret crush on someone she shouldn't, and has to use her skill to solve a mystery.
Which character – as performed by Angie Hickman – was your favorite?
I love Angie Hickman's performance of the reindeer. The accents were so believable and their voices really helped you to understand their unique personalities.
Any additional comments?
I received this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review. Although a little predictable at times, Tinsel in a Tangle was a fun and easy read. Laurie Germain's book was free of bad language and adult situations but had plenty of intrigue and romance. I would highly recommend.
Sweet and unique story that is well written and great narration!
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. The fact that I was gifted this book had no influence over my opinion of it