Published by: Bookouture (21st October 2016)
A gorgeous country house hotel, a liberal dusting of snow, a cosy weekend away…what more could Lizzie ask for at Christmas?
Every Christmas Lizzie promises herself that things will change and she will leap into the new year a new woman. And yet here she is again, at the beginning of December and nothing is different. Her girls have grown up and left home, her husbandHenry is slumped in front of the TV and she is alone in the kitchen, seeking refuge in the cooking sherry and talking to her Gary Barlow calendar. She’s also been very diverted by handsome new neighbour Marcus and she knows she shouldn’t be …
So when best friend Ann suggests a weekend away in the country, Lizzie jumps at the chance. Will this Christmas escape give Lizzie some much needed perspective and allow her to mend her marriage? Or will Marcus prove to be too much of a distraction?
A funny feel good festive read about rediscovering the magic of Christmas - just the thing to curl up with on a cold winters night.
This was my first Xmas read of this year and was an ideal way to ease into the cosy, Christmassy feelings these festive books bring about.
I found main character Lizzie likeable and believable, even if I didn't really identify with her very much. Best friend Ann is great too, and the pair bounce off each other nicely. Lizzie did seem a little naive at times, which I found slightly frustrating, but that is my only criticism of the character.
I found parts of the story predictable, but that doesn't really matter with this type of fiction, as long as some things are still a surprise! I like that it is a very human story and definitely not all sugary sweet, so it feels very realistic.
Thanks to Christie Barlow and Bookouture for supplying a review copy, via NetGalley.