I’m a little behind on my reviewing, and I’ve manage to read quite a lot lately. The blog is going to be a little book review heavy as I’d like to get all my reviews done before christmas. Especially lovely festive reads like this one. I haven’t read a book that I’ve not enjoyed in ages, and this book is no exception. This book had been recommended to me by lot’s of other bloggers especially my good friend Fay from Blogabooketc who was reading it at the same time. This is Abby Clement’s first book, and hopefully many more will follow.
Here’s the synopsis…
Childhood friends Laurie and Rachel used to be inseparable – but their lives have taken very different paths since they picked up their A-level results together. Now thirty-five, they have all but fallen out of touch; glamorous single girl Laurie is based in London and dedicated to her career in fashion;
Rachel seemingly living the family idyll in Yorkshire. But when Rachel’s mother-in-law needs urgent treatment in London, and disasters at work and in her love life mean Laurie needs to flee, a house swap falls into place. Soon gentle Rachel is far from the village bake sales, braving the city’s mean streets while trying to keep her marriage and family together; while Laurie attempts to work an Aga, befriend the wary village locals – and forget the man who seems intent on breaking her heart. Will their relationships survive this test? And will they make it home for Christmas?
The book has two really different main characters, both complex and interesting. I enjoyed reading how each of them settled into their new surroundings. It’s one of those books where from the beginning you know exactly what you want to happen at the end, and I found myself intrigued as the story went on to see if and how the characters would get there.
Alongside the two main characters the story of their family and friends runs alongside and this works seamlessly with the plot. I really enjoyed reading about Rachel’s daughter Milly. The book manages to be lighthearted and fun, but also covers a few serious issues and this works very well.
Although this is a christmas book, the christmas theme is not important to the book and it could be read any time of year.
I’m really looking forward to reading more books by Abby Clements in the future and I’m really hoping she gets her next book penned quickly as this book is a great sign of things to come. She has also written a short spin off; The Christmas Bake-Off which is available on Kindle.
Meet Me Under the Mistletoe is published by Quercus Publishing Plc
And is available from Amazon here
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