Published by Avon
Special thanks to Sabah Khan for sending a hard copy to me!
I should start by saying that I love Sue Moorcroft books and consider the village of Middledip a place packed full of old friends, so I was excited to catch up with old ones & meet Hannah & Nico.
Hannah is from the village originally, but currently finds herself living in Stockholm, Sweden running her own bookshop. She lives in a great apartment with her Swedish boyfriend, Albin, and appears to have it all.
By chance, she meets up with Nico, who is from Sweden originally, but went to school in England when his parents split up; he also happens to be one of Hannah’s brother’s oldest friends.
They both are attending a family wedding later in the year and spend time at dinner, catching up on what has been happening in their lives together.
But Nico is battling his own demons, and Hannah’s home life, quite unexpectedly, starts to unravel. Her Gran has an accident and she goes home to Middledip to stay with her and help her recover. When she arrives, she discovers that Nico has also moved into the village…
Will they become more than old friends? Can the Christmas magic help their love to blossom or is it best they remain as they are?
Sue Moorcroft has a great talent for creating characters that the reader can relate to. Whilst Middledip remains the cosy village that we all know and love (although this book can be read as a stand alone too) the setting switches to Sweden too. Both are packed full of description enabling the reader to vividly visualise both places in their winter finery! The plot is crafted so carefully too and character’s thoughts and feelings are carefully considered. I thought the part, without giving too much away, around Nico’s children and particularly Maria was heart wrenching and sensitively written and the relationships between father, daughter & sisters was just beautiful.
This is an absolutely fabulous Christmas read, perfect for a Christmas gift. Buy two though, one for yourself & one to gift! 😃
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Packed full of Christmas sparkle; I loved it! 💫 5⭐️