Tinsel in a Tangle

  • by Laurie Germaine
  • Narrated by Angie Hickman
  • 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the arctic town of Flitterndorf, generations of elves have worked alongside generations of Kringles to make gifts for believing children worldwide. Never have they endured a tall, blundering elf like Tinsel, though.
Despite her setbacks, Tinsel’s determined to prove her worth by nabbing an internship at the Workshop. But when her latest mishap destroys gift reserves and puts Christmas in jeopardy, she lands a punishment mucking reindeer stalls for Santa’s hotshot grandson, Niklas.
Now if she wants a second chance at that position, she must collaborate with the twinkle-eyed flirt to redeem herself in everyone’s eyes without messing up. For one more calamity will not only bring about the holiday’s demise, she’ll be immortalized as the elf who shattered children’s faith in Santa Claus.
So not the way she wants to go down in history.

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Roasted Chestnuts! It's So Christmassy!!!

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!
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- Natalie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-12-2017
  • Publisher: Clean Reads