Nina Bailey loves Christmas. Except this year she doesn’t. Because it turns out that her husband-to-be has been cheating on her – and her beautiful wedding ceremony in the snow is cancelled.
She’s not really in the mood to be jolly, sing carols, or go anywhere near gingerbread men – in fact, what Nina wants is to avoid the whole thing. So she’s come to stay at her Aunt Dolly’s cosy café to nurse her broken heart.
Nina is determined to get through Christmas with no tinsel, no fuss – and definitely no flirting. So when she arrives and meets infuriatingly handsome Ryan Sadler, with his gorgeous forest-green eyes, she is not best pleased. And when Nina overhears him making fun of her, she is furious. (There might have been an incident with a koala onesie and a spilled bottle of milk, but that really wasn’t her fault!) So despite the spark between them, and the fact that he can whip up a fabulous dinner faster than she can say Michelin star, romance and Christmas are off the menu this year.
Unfortunately, Aunt Dolly hasn’t quite got the message, going to great lengths to provide a proper British Christmas for her beloved niece: a true home away from home. With sparkling lights adorning every wall and a tree to equal the Rockefeller Center’s and, yes, mistletoe above every doorway, can Nina resist the magic of Christmas – and stick to her no-romance rule?
This heartwarming romantic comedy will have you reaching for eggnog, roasted chestnuts and gingerbread cookies! The perfect festive book to read curled up in front of the fire, for fans of Sue Moorcroft, Holly Martin and Debbie Johnson.
We are transported back to the small village of Chamillon in France just in time for the festive season. Chamillon is just as enticing in winter time as it is in summer and as with the authors other books, I could easily envision it all in my head.
We get to meet some new characters as well as catch up with ones of old that have been in the previous books but it easily reads as a stand alone if you haven’t read them.
Nina is quite a feisty character who doesn’t seem to have quite found her niche in a career or in her love life for that matter. I couldn’t blame her for wanting to get away from it all for a while and what better distraction that a different country and a handsome man to help take your mind off things?
As the story features characters in some of the authors previous novels, you get a warm and familiar feeling with them. It was like being reunited with good friends. There are a couple of threads within the novel to do with Nina and also her gran which I really enjoyed also.
I’ll Be Home For Christmas is a charming story that will make you feel all warm and cosy inside. Who doesn’t love a bit of romance to cheer up your day? I know I do and I love seeing the two main characters relationship develop over the course of the story. It’s like your standing on the side line cheering them on. A perfectly festive, feel good read.
My thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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Karen Clarke writes romantic comedy novels. Her BEACHSIDE series is set in the fictional seaside town of Shipley and features recurring characters, but each book can be read as a standalone. She is currently working on a new, three-book series set in Devon.
Karen has also written three romcoms with a paranormal twist, all available to download
When she’s not working on her novels, Karen writes short stories for women’s magazines and has had over three hundred published globally. Some of them can be read in her short story collection ‘BEHIND CLOSED DOORS…and other Tales with a Twist’
Karen lives in Buckinghamshire with her husband and three grown-up children.
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