Written by Beth Moran
When Jenny inherits her estranged grandmother’s cottage in Sherwood Forest, she has nothing to lose – no money, no job, no friends, no family to speak of, and zero self-respect. Things can only get better…
Her grumpy, but decidedly handsome new neighbour, Mack, has a habit of bestowing unsolicited good deeds on her. And when Jenny is welcomed into a rather unusual book club, life seems to finally be getting more interesting.
Instead of reading, the members pledge to complete individual challenges before Christmas: from finding new love, learning to bake, to completing a daredevil bucket list. Jenny can’t resist joining in, and soon a year of friendship and laughter, tears and regrets unfolds in the most unexpected ways.
Warm, wise, funny and utterly uplifting, what one thing would you change in your life before Christmas comes around?
A Very Engaging Read!
A lovely light-hearted festive novel, embracing friendship, romance, secrets – and adding several touches of Christmas spirit!
Jenny is on her own in the world; with no job and no home – not to mention a lack of friends – she jumps at the chance of living in her grandmother’s old cottage. What she didn’t bargain on was the isolation and a grumpy neighbour . . .
An enjoyable book, this is my first venture into this author’s work. It’s not overly ‘Christmassy’, events take place throughout the year and the characters are well-developed and all easy to picture in my mind’s eye. With a bit of mystery, potential for romance and burgeoning friendships it’s a very engaging novel, and one I enjoyed. I didn’t find any surprises, however, having worked out early on where it was heading and was already expecting the unexpected, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that it’s a pleasant read and one I enjoyed. I’m happy to consider this a four star read.
My thanks to publisher Boldwood Books for my copy via NetGalley, and especially for including me in this Blog Tour. This is – of course – my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: Christmas, women’s fiction
- Format: ebook, paperback, audio
- Size: 408 pages
- Publisher: Boldwood Books
- Publication Date: 17 September 2019
- Purchase Links: Google Play
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Beth Moran is the author of three previous books, including Making Marion. She regularly features on BBC Radio Nottingham and is a trustee of the national women’s network Free Range Chicks. She lives on the outskirts of Sherwood Forest.