Review of ‘Greengage holiday cheer’ by Emma Sterner-Radley, Audiobook narrated by Wendy Wolfson
This novella has been previously published as part of the ‘Winter Hearts’ anthology and it’s book 1.5 of this author’s ‘Greengage’ series set on a fictional island in Britain with Kit and Laura as main characters and a group of funny islanders. Even though this is a standalone novella and I personally didn’t read/listen book one ‘Greengage Plots’, I think it’d be more enjoyable if you read/listen the first one before because there are a good number of characters and past events presented there which this novella refers to.
Librarian and solver of mysteries Kit Sorel just wants to enjoy a peaceful time during her first Christmas in Greengage with her new partner Laura. But things don’t seem to be going according to plan when Laura is swamped with work and Kit is called to solve the mysterious disappearance of ‘pinky’.
‘Greengage holiday cheer’ is an entertaining lesbian rom-com with a group of quirky characters and funny situations in the preceding days of Christmas. As the main story was introduced in the previous book, there isn’t much in terms of character or relationship development in this one, this novella mainly catches up with the characters and their Christmas plans. It’s a funny, entertaining and a bit irreverent story.
I’ve listened to the audiobook version of this novella, read by Wendy Wolfson. This was my first time listening to this narrator, I found that she was very good at performing different voices. This novella has a diversity of characters in age and gender, it’s very demanding and Ms. Wolfson performs them all proficiently. I found that her pace was a bit slow and listened to it at a faster speed, but it wasn’t a problem at all. The narrator is also very good transmitting the cheery tone of the story. All the ‘Greengage’ books are read by this narrator so I’m sure the whole of this series is worth a listen. Duration: 2 hrs and 33 mins
Overall, fun and entertaining lesbian Christmas rom-com audiobook. 4.5 stars.