Snow is falling, fires are crackling merrily, and Lockton tradition has everyone hanging a promise they’re determined to keep this Christmas on the tree in the village square…
Meg Scott has promised to make a success of her first solo Christmas. She runs a year-round Christmas shop in the little Scottish village, and is a fan of all things mulled, sparkly and festive. So when her warring family shows up on her doorstep, ready to spread discord and tension, Meg is determined not to let them ruin her favourite time of the year.
Meanwhile, Christmas-hating Tom Riley-Clark has been called to the Highlands to help his old friend at The Apple Cross Inn. He’s ready to work hard and has no time for mince pies, tinsel or hanging a promise on the tree: the thought of every day being Christmas is his worst nightmare, and you wouldn’t catch him dead buying a bauble. So everyone is surprised when Christmas-loving Meg and grinch Tom start to get cozy under the mistletoe.
But Tom has a big secret about his past, and in a small town like Lockton it’s hard to keep anything hidden for long. Will everything fall apart when Meg discovers who he really is? The pair are about to learn the hard way that some promises are impossible to keep…
It’s time to curl up for an enchanting festive romance about learning to trust yourself, taking chances and not being afraid to fall in love. Perfect for fans of Nicola May, Debbie Macomber and Milly Johnson.
Genre: Romance; Woman's Fiction
Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 236
Date of Publication: October 9, 2020
My Rating: 4 Stars
Not only does Meg Scott have a year-round Christmas shop, the holiday season is approaching and she plans on making it a memorable one. She has her own plans and she is also working with the town's members in the Scottish Village where she resides to make it really special.
One day while driving she spots a stranded motorist named Tom Riley-Clark. He is in town to help his friend for a short while, but even though he arrives near Christmastime, he is pretty much a modern-day Scrooge. Enamored by the lady in the elf costume who gave him a lift when his car had a flat tire, when he soon learns why she is dressed like that and how far she and the town's members go towards the enjoyment of Christmas, he second guesses his decision to be there to help his friend.
It is more than apparent in this romance that Meg and Tom will eventually get together, so it was interesting to see the two deal with their opposite natures while dealing with their attraction to one another. Then considering the very important fact that Tom is hiding something about himself adds an intriguing second layer to a well-written story. I thoroughly enjoyed this touching romance and found it to be quite a heartwarming read.
Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Donna wrote novels for over ten years before being published. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and was a joint winner of the Katie Fforde Bursary in 2017.
Donna loves a happy ending and is never happier than when she's escaping into a romance novel or movie. When she's not reading or writing she'll probably be found hoovering ... or negotiating with her teenagers about who is doing the washing up.
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