Here it is, I can feel it! It’s coming! It’s here! C h r i s t m a s!
For how much I would like to hold on Halloween there is no denying that November is coming to an end and Christmas is now everywhere. For Americans the transition is quite clear: Thanksgiving marks the change; but forus on the other side of the pond, the transition is made in the form of Christmas ornaments and… well everything red taking over everything orange. I don’t mind too much, I mean, in the debate Christmas vs Halloween you’ll find me cosy and tightly wrapped with a blanket in the Halloween corner, but I can’t deny that the run to Christmas it’s rather pretty… the lights everywhere, the smells of sweet and spices… it makes me feel warm inside!
Of course, this weather is also guilty of having us all longing for something along the lines of ” a crackling fireplace with a cup of cocoa or mulled wine, a vinyl playing, feet up and a loved one right beside you” … Well, I am single, I don’t have a working fireplace and I can’t have hot cocoa, so… well, I’ll have to make do with the next available things! Chai tea with almond milk, the fireplace app on my laptop and an hallmark-style romantic book! Yes, my dears, Hallmark-like-book-season is Here and I intend to exploit this season potential to its fullest and read all my guilty pleasure books completely guilty free ( not that I’m usually that guilty, tbh…) and you can expect a lot more of this type of books to be reviewed in the future months, sue me.
Now, romance is everywhere; it calls to us like Disney calls to a child, but it’s actually pretty difficult for me to find a decent romantic book that doesn’t leave me unsatisfied and cringing. Sometimes The problem is that I just finished a book of the same genre so good that set the bar ever so high, some others It’s because the book I ended up picking up is filled with insta-love/ insta-lust and toxic masculinity, take your pick.
So when the publisher granted me this book on NetGalley I was tentative but right from the beginning I knew I was in for a treat; this was going to be one of the good ones. And I wasn’t wrong.
s y n o p s i s:
Twenty-nine-year old Saffron Baxter knew her fun holiday plans didn’t stand a chance the moment her sister called to say she was stuck abroad with no hope of being home before Christmas. Saffy would just have to abandon thoughts of wild festive parties in the city and head down to remote Cornwall.
Because every year her sister hosts a huge Christmas meal for all the single parents in her village. And Saffy knows it’d break her heart to let them down.
Arriving as snow starts to fall over the thatched cottages of the little harbour town of Port Breok, she meets Logan – the tall, fair-haired, blue-eyed, devoted single dad who lives over the road, with his adorable daughter Chloe. At first she thinks he might help her make Christmas Day extra-memorable, but he just seems convinced she’ll never manage – that she’s just a party girl who doesn’t care about family, or anyone’s feelings.
Maybe he’s right. After all – she doesn’t want to settle down, she’s only there for a few days… But she’s still determined to do her sister proud with gorgeous decorations, the most beautiful real tree – complete with extra twinkly lights, and delicious mince pies. To make it a Christmas everyone will remember, especially little Chloe. Even if, when the mistletoe comes down, she knows she’ll probably never see Logan again…
T h o u g h t s:
Funny, heartwarming and Christmassy; this book hits home for me in ways I’m not comfortable talking about on the internet. But, even if it does touch critical points it didn’t make me upset, It didn’t even tear me up which is not always a bad thing. Don’t get me wrong, I love a book that makes me feel so many emotions my soul seems to be torn from me, I love that awful feeling, that angst, that raw sensation even if – at the end- you know there is going to be a happy ending ( …most of the time). But sometimes, when you are fragile on your own for your own reasons, or when you just want to read a book just for the sake of it, you need one that doesn’t destroy your feelings so wholesomely; so, here you have it! A book filled with cuteness and tropes and way too well behaved children, amazing characters that read like friends, and families that sometimes are way more than ties of blood; a community made simply by people that are made to be together, even against all the obstacles and that they put on their own way.
The walls will come down in this one, but all in good times, all in a healthy way because when you find the one you’ll discover that you don’t need to change or be fixed, you are perfect exactly as you are.
C o n c l u s i o n s :
At the end I liked it. It was a nice and sweet Christmas story to warm one’s heart and, even if sometimes I felt like the ” family before everything” and ” career women = evil” trope was overused there is to say that it was the character perception and so it can be understood. I did enjoy the representation of POC and LGBT which had different layers of presence in the novel even if remaining coral. I have yet to decide If I’m loving or perking up my nose to the use of terms like ” to call to” and ” to set straight” But I think they give a nice little regency touch to an all too modern book. Would I recommend it? Yes, especially in a rainy/snowy afternoon with a cup of tea and a bublé cd on.