A Happy Christmas Ceilidh

Fiction - Holiday
87 Pages
Reviewed on 01/08/2023
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Reviewed by Doreen Chombu for Readers' Favorite

A Happy Christmas Ceilidh by Zoe Tasia is a Christmas mystery tale. A family takes on the role of detectives when they notice strange things happening around their home during preparations for the festive season. Becca and her boyfriend Greg prank her daughters with an elf doll, but they quickly observe that things are missing, see footprints around the house, and discover that the snowman keeps changing position. They were alarmed because this was not part of their prank. Family members decide to stay up all night and gather video evidence. Amid all this investigation, they still have to get each other Christmas presents on tight budgets. Eventually, their night-watching bears fruit. Find out what they discover.

Join Becca and her magical family as they prepare for Christmas in A Happy Christmas Ceilidh. The star of this book was Sir Clifford Elvin Fields-Show, an elf that spoke not a word the entire time but had the whole family scratching their heads. I was on the edge of my seat trying to figure out who or what was moving the elf. Apart from the mystery, I loved the romantic plotline. Jessie and Becca deserved love, and I was rooting for them throughout. I also loved the familiar hustle of trying to get the perfect Christmas presents for your loved ones. The blouse and razor pawning situation was funny, and it added an element of humor to the story. The tale is told from multiple points of view. Zoe Tasia began each chapter with a character's name, which made the book easy to follow. Celebrate your festive season by adding this story to your library.

Nithiya K

"A Happy Christmas Ceilidh" by Zoe Tasia is a delightful and enchanting Christmas mystery tale that captures the essence of the holiday spirit. The story revolves around Becca and her family who unexpectedly find themselves playing detective in the midst of their festive preparations. The introduction of Sir Clifford Elvin Fields-Show, a mysterious elf with a penchant for silent mischief, adds an extra layer of intrigue to the narrative.

The plot unfolds as Becca and her boyfriend Greg play a harmless prank on her daughters using the elf doll, only to discover that their holiday home is experiencing some unexplained occurrences. Missing items, mysterious footprints, and a snowman with a mind of its own all contribute to the family's decision to turn their home into a makeshift detective agency. The decision to stay up all night and gather video evidence adds a modern twist to the classic holiday mystery theme.

One of the strengths of the book is the engaging and relatable characters. Becca and her family are not only solving a mystery but also navigating the challenges of finding the perfect Christmas presents on tight budgets. The romantic plotline involving Jessie and Becca adds a heartwarming touch to the story, creating a perfect balance between mystery and holiday cheer.

Zoe Tasia's writing style shines through with humor and warmth. The humorous situations, such as the blouse and razor pawning scenario, contribute to the overall light-hearted tone of the book, making it an enjoyable read for all ages. The author's decision to tell the story from multiple points of view, with each chapter beginning with a character's name, enhances the narrative flow and allows readers to connect with each family member's perspective.

As the family embarks on their quest to uncover the mystery behind the mischievous elf, readers will find themselves drawn into a festive atmosphere filled with love, laughter, and the magic of Christmas. "A Happy Christmas Ceilidh" is not only a captivating mystery but also a heartwarming tale that celebrates the true spirit of the holiday season. It's a perfect addition to any festive reading list, offering a delightful blend of mystery, romance, and Christmas magic.