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  • A festive treat!

    Another super entertaining little gem from the pen of Jane Lovering – she can’t write them fast enough for me. Her stories are always just that much different – you never quite know what to expect except that it will be unusual in some way, and her turn of phrase will often make you smile. This novella concerns Lydia and Jake, both teachers at a small village school in the wilds of Yorkshire. Our heroine is prickly and standoffish – we don’t learn the reason why until about halfway through. A most satisfactory festive treat – please keep that imagination going and the stories coming, Jane!

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  • Loved this story, a perfect Christmas novel

    Loved this story and the wonderful characters, both the two main characters and the supporting cast of primary school pupils and other teachers. Sad when it ended. What is Lydia's big secret that makes her reject the rather gorgeous Jake, a fellow teacher at the school? How can they cope having to work together every day?

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  • Snow at Christmas

    I loved the quirkyness of the village and Lydia's reluctance to embrace true village life. My only comment was no details of how people arrived in a village where people are born and bred there.

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  • Lovely story

    This is a gorgeous Christmas read. The writing is superb with great descriptive detail. The story of Lydia and Jake in the midst of a village school in Yorkshire was very believable. I loved how I felt part of the school undertaking the production of the Christmas play. You get to know the children, the teachers and the school. Realising Lydia’s problem and the reason for her attitude, again was so convincing. I loved this short story, and, hope it is the start of a series. Happy Christmas - read this and it will be!

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  • A brilliant Christmas novella - a real festive war

    Jane Lovering never disappoints. This is a lovely festive novella centred around Lydia who is a primary school teacher. Lydia has a reason to keep people at arm's length, a reason that is explained half way through the story so I won't give it away. Jake is a colleague who wants to get to know Lydia better and is trying his best to do so. Will the fact that they need to put together a Christmas play for the Old People's Home thaw the frost between them? As always Jane writes with warmth, humour and such descriptive writing that I was living the scenes with the characters. Just perfect for a Christmas treat.

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