🎅Welcome to my week of Christmas Reads to get you in the festive spirit🎅
|Avon Books |
29 October 2020
My thanks to the publishers for my copy of this book
Hannah and Nico are meant to be together.
But fate is keeping them apart…
When Hannah bumps into her brother Rob’s best friend Nico in Stockholm, the two rekindle a fast friendship. But Hannah has a boyfriend – and Nico has two children to look after. When Hannah loses her beloved shop in Stockholm, though, she is forced to move back to the little village of Middledip – only to find Nico has just moved in too. Under the same snowy sky, can the childhood friends make a romance work – or are there too many obstacles standing in their way?
What did I think about it..
When a face from the past enters into Hannah Goodbody's shop in Stockholm she is taken back to the time when Nico Pettersson was her brother's best friend and she was the little sister that was distinctly 'out of bounds'. There's a delicious spark of attraction between them but both their lives are complicated and neither is in a position to start a new relationship, however, it would seem that fate has much more in store for these lovely characters.
Set partially in snowy Sweden and the fictional village of rural Middledip regular readers will recognise a few characters from this author's previous Middledip stories but of course Christmas Wishes can be read as a standalone story. I've really loved getting know these characters who each bring such warmth to the story that you can't help but be drawn into their troubled lives. Both Hannah and Nico have complications which threaten to overwhelm them but gradually over the space of the story they come to realise that with the help of family and friends problems which seem insurmountable can be overcome.
Christmas Wishes has a lovely festive feel without being overly Christmassy and setting the story partially in Sweden allows a fascinating glimpse into the traditions and culture of another country. I enjoyed my virtual visit to Stockholm and the author's vivid description of the snow and the cold bring the place to life in such a wonderful way. By coincidence I was reading this book on the thirteenth of December which is St Lucia's day in Sweden and the author brings this so magically to life that I felt as if I was attending the St Lucia church service with Hannah.
Beautifully written, with all the lovely little details which this talented author does so well, Christmas Wishes is a story which looks at the magic of tradition, the love of family and friends, and the joy of a new relationship which survives against all odds.
🎄Best read with slices of chocolate cherry cake and a glass of champagne
Sue Moorcroft writes ward winning contemporary fiction of life and love. She also writes short stories, serial, articles, columns, courses and writing 'howto'.
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