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It’s the most wonderful time of the year…
Except for Daisy Christmas means another of Uncle T’s dreaded Christmas parties, complete with Christmas jumper and flashing antlers. And Oliver Cartwright. Gorgeous Oliver Cartwright. Who she hates.
Every year Daisy has to face insufferable Ollie and hear all about how BRILLIANT he is. Whereas Daisy has no job, no man and no idea how to fix things.
This Christmas however Daisy is determined things will be different. There will be no snogging Ollie under the mistletoe like when they were teenagers. No, this year she’ll show Ollie that she’s a Responsible Adult too.
But as the champagne corks pop, and the tinsel sparkles, Uncle T has news of his own to share…and it could change Daisy’s life forever…
Although Christmas parties do feature in this story, it isn’t really a festive romance as such. Daisy is the main character in the story and it is great to see how she grows and matures through the story which spans more than a decade. Uncle Terrence is an absolutely brilliant character – he isn’t really her Uncle but he has always had that role in her life. He runs a bookstore and hosts a party every Christmas for family and friends there.
Daisy has mixed feelings about the party as Uncle Terrence always hosts amazing parties but she hates the competition between her Mum and that of her peer, Oliver Cartwright. The two women always seem to try to out do each other boasting about the achievements of their offspring. That was fine whilst they were in school but now Daisy feels she’s a failure with no prospects whilst he’s now a Doctor….. They haven’t met for thirteen years and last time they were together they kissed under the mistletoe and it was dynamite! Now he’s back, successful, a hunk and with a model girlfriend. They’ve gone from friends to rivals and now have a chance to be friends again but will fate intervene again?
This is a story of self discovery, learning to care for yourself and just be the best version of yourself you can. The journey involves betrayal, secrets, discoveries and love. There are plenty of surprises en route, especially in the form of letters revealing emotions and more from the past. It is a funny, moving and emotive read, a story of family, friendship, supporting each other and learning to love your own aspirations and achievements. This is a lovely heartwarming romance with some fantastic characters. I enjoyed reading it and have no hesitation in recommending it.
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book via NetGalley and this is my honest review after choosing to read it.
Zara Stoneley is the USA Today bestselling author of ‘The Wedding Date’.
She lives in a Cheshire village with her family, a lively cockapoo called Harry, and a very bossy (and slightly evil) cat called Saffron.
Born in a small village in the UK, Zara wanted to be a female James Herriot, a spy, or an author when she grew up. After many (many) years, and many different jobs, her dream of writing a bestseller came true. She now writes about friendship, dreams, love, and happy ever afters, and hopes that her tales make you laugh a lot, cry a little, and occasionally say ‘ahhh’.
Zara’s bestselling novels include ‘Bridesmaids’, ‘No One Cancels Christmas’, ‘The Wedding Date’, ‘The Holiday Swap’, ‘Summer with the Country Village Vet’, ‘Blackberry Picking at Jasmine Cottage’ and the popular Tippermere series – ‘Stable Mates’, ‘Country Affairs’ and ‘Country Rivals’.
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