A gorgeous country house hotel, a liberal dusting of snow, a cosy weekend away…what more could Lizzie ask for at Christmas?
Every Christmas Lizzie promises herself that things will change and she will leap into the new year a new woman. And yet here she is again, at the beginning of December and nothing is different. Her girls have grown up and left home, her husband Henry is slumped in front of the TV and she is alone in the kitchen, seeking refuge in the cooking sherry and talking to her Gary Barlow calendar. She’s also been very diverted by handsome new neighbour Marcus and she knows she shouldn’t be …
So when best friend Ann suggests a weekend away in the country, Lizzie jumps at the chance. Will this Christmas escape give Lizzie some much needed perspective and allow her to mend her marriage? Or will Marcus prove to be too much of a distraction?
Lizzie is a character that I think many readers will relate to. She has been with her husband Henry for a lot of years and now that her children have left home she is feeling at a bit of a loss. She realises how much her relationship with Henry has become one of habit and the feelings and fun they used to once have seems to have gone some what stale. Not only that but all her hopes and dreams that she put to one side seem to also be getting further out of reach.
Luckily for Lizzie she has her best friend Ann who really is the most perfect friend. The friendship between these two woman shines out all the way through the novel. I laughed as well as cried along with them both throughout the story and by the end I actually felt quite bereft that I wouldn’t be spending anymore time with them.
Even though the magical time of the year (Christmas) is apparent throughout the whole book, this is soooooo much more than a festive read. It is very much a story of friendship and that wonderful bond that forms over the years. The being there at every tragedy, emergency, mile stones in our lives and overall making some of our happiest memories together. It will also have readers sit back and take a good long hard look at their own marriage and make you remember what it was that made you fall in love with your other halves and how to keep that fire between you both lit.
Lizzie’s Christmas Escape is a powerful and emotional story that will stay with me for a very long time to come and with quite a few surprises in store, my heart felt like it literally stopped more than a few times. The author is an expert in creating characters that really reach out to readers and touch you in a way you wouldn’t have ever thought possible.
A thought provoking read that touches your heart and soul. Simply stunning.
My thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.
Lizzie’s Christmas Escape is out today and is available to pre-order from Amazon.