It’s getting cold out so I think it’s a great time for a holiday story!
Title: Notting Hill in the Snow
Author: Jules Wake
Publisher: One More Chapter
Pub Date: October 11, 2019
Source: ARC via NetGalley
Viola Smith, plays the viola in an orchestra (yes really!), she’s bright, bubbly and enthusiastic about absolutely everything. And it’s enough to drive some people crazy…especially if they’re a grumpy widower with an eight-year-old in tow.
Nathan Williams hates Christmas, despite his small daughter’s efforts to stop him being the Grinch. But when he’s caught up in the community nativity play and meets Viola, her enthusiasm is infectious. As the snow starts to fall on Notting Hill and the bells ring out across London, Nathan might have to admit that Christmas isn’t so bad after all.
This was my first time reading a book by Jules Wake and it won’t be my last. If I feel I completely know the characters and the surroundings, I’m happy.
Notting Hill in the Snow. Such a beautiful location and time of year – perfect. I enjoyed the scenes involving the nativity performance at the school, Christmas shopping, selecting a tree, etc. so much fun.
The little girl, Grace is the highlight of this story. I love her. I want to take her home and keep her. So sweet, such great emotional dialog. Awesome.
Slight spoilers ahead…
Viola needed to learn when friends and family truly needed her and when they were using her. She was taken advantage of by her cousins and I’m not sure that part of the story was fully resolved. I would have liked to see an example of them changing their ways.
I had a big issue with the romance aspect of the story. We learn early on in the book that Nate is married. Again – he’s married! Not a spoiler there because, as I just said, we learn that early on in the story. (ppssst, he’s married)
Judge for yourself. I will read more by Wake. Hopefully all the romantic players will be single.
Thank you NetGalley, the author and publisher for the review copy of this title.
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