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  • Lovely Festive Read

    𝐂𝐇𝐑𝐈𝐒𝐓𝐌𝐀𝐒 𝗪𝐈𝐒𝐇𝐄𝐒 𝐑𝐄𝐕𝐈𝐄𝗪⁣ 𝐀𝐮𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐫: Sue Moorcroft⁣ 𝐑𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞: October 29th, 2020⁣ ⁣ 𝐒𝐲𝐧𝐨𝐩𝐬𝐢𝐬:⁣ Hannah and Nico have known each other since high school - when he moved from Sweden to the UK, but they eventually grew apart. Now, as a Christmas miracle, their paths cross again and the coziness of the festive season might bring some surprises their way - and the struggles of adult life might all seem less complicated. ⁣ ⁣ 𝐑𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐰:⁣ 𝘗𝘭𝘰𝘵: the story might seem just like another cheesy Christmas-y cliche and, in essence, it is! But once one reads the book, they will find it tackles important society aspects such as eating disorder and single parenting (both from a male perspective) and alcoholism/substance abuse (from a female perspective), as well as child negligence. I believe that the way these topics were presented was very mature and served to educate (not only to entertain) - and the author had a great move by adding them to a cliche romance novel, making it more accessible for everyone to read and learn about these situations.⁣ 𝘞𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨: Every time something related to Christmas was mentioned I definitely felt like it was already December! However I felt like most of the time the book focused on dialogues and characters’ feelings, not giving proper space for the actions to take place - which made scenes like weddings and trips feel a bit rushed. ⁣ 𝘊𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘴: I felt like we got to know Nico better than Hannah, and he was a lovely character - full of empathy and humanly flawed at the same time. But the two kids, Josie and Maria won my heart!⁣ 𝘝𝘦𝘳𝘥𝘪𝘤𝘵: lovely weekend read for any day of November or December! Best enjoyed with a cup of hot cocoa!⁣ ⁣ Thank you @netgalley and @avon_books for this arc in exchange of an honest review!⁣

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  • Fabulous country Christmas romance

    A native of Middledip, Hannah is living her best life with her Swedish boyfriend and her shop in Stockholm. Her brother's friend Nico (who is Swedish) pops into the shop and the two of them get on famously, Nico even helps her to rearrange her store to show off her merchandise to its best. Nico and Hannah meet again at Hannah's brother Rob's wedding in Middledip, sparks fly until Nico finds out that Hannah has a live-in boyfriend in Stockholm. Nico has a high-powered job, splitting his time between London and Stockholm with the help of his live-in cousin Emelie and a nanny called Tilly. But when his ex-wife Loren starts drinking again he can no longer leave their daughter Josie with her and is forced to take over full caring responsibility for both Josie and Loren's daughter by another man, Maria. When his cousin moves out to live with her boyfriend, and TIlly proves unwilling to take on additional hours, or even vary her working hours, Nico is stuck between a rock and a hard place. His mother-in-law is obsessed with her husband's impending heart bypass and her daughter's rehab, she refuses to help with childcare as well. Nico's boss is unsympathetic and Nico decides his only option is to rent out his pricey London apartment and move to a small cottage in Middledip where he can live off the rent differential and care for two small children. Meanwhile, Hannah's life in Stockholm has fallen apart and she too is forced to move back to Middledip to care for her grandmother who has broken her wrist. Can these two childhood friends find love? I love, love, love Sue Moorcroft's Middledip romances, I don't know why they speak to me more than her other romances but they do. Here we are again, with a smattering of Swedish style, as Christmas approaches complete with cute moppets and a Christmas fayre. This novel was no exception, heart-warming, funny, cute and as comforting as a cup of Heinz cream of tomato soup. Loved Nico, loved Hannah, loved Hannah's Nan, a perfect Christmas romance. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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  • A Delightful Entertaining Read!

    Another marvellous read from Sue Moorcroft, introducing me to a different country and a great set of characters! Hannah has relocated to Sweden where she has her own shop; that's where her brother's childhood friend Nico finds her. They keep bumping into each other but romance can't be on the cards - Hannah has a boyfriend and Nico has two children to care for. Then things change for Hannah. With the loss of her business she moves back home to Middledip only to discover that Nico has relocated too - and to the very same village! Reading one of this author's novels is like embarking on a trip. There are so many fabulous details and it didn't take me long to get right into the story. The characters are wonderfully created and totally believable; the story is realistic yet magical and there is humour sprinkled throughout. The children just added to the all-over sparkle and everything about this one is delightful. A great read for any time of year but especially enjoyable pre-Christmas. Always a writer worth reading and earning all 4.5 stars.

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  • A lovely romance at Christmas

    Hannah and Nico were friends in childhood (Nico was Hannah's brother's best friend), and they reconnect as adults. There is a spark there, but baggage, timing and misunderstandings are keeping them apart. Will they be able to realize they're supposed to be together, or will life just be too much to overcome? This book was really amazing- I'm one of the biggest Christmas fan you'll meet, but sometimes a Christmas book just for the sake of a Christmas book is too much. This was more like a lovely, romantic read that happened to have the backdrop of the Christmas season. It gives you heartbreak and the chance for redemption, an amazing single-dad and the difficulties of addiction, hard choices, family ties and of course, Christmas, all in one attractive package. I really loved the way Nico was written here; there was a relatable vulnerability you don't always get with heroes in romance books. And honestly, I just want Hannah to be my friend, because she's super organized, like me and sounds like she has great taste in fashion and accessories.

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  • A lovely Christmas romance

    This enjoyable story set at Christmas features Hannah, a British ex-pat living in Stockholm, running her own chic little boutique, but saddled with a nasty, piece of work boyfriend, and Nico, a Swedish ex-pat living in London, weighed down by the demands of both his high-powered job and his status as the custodial parent of his adorable 8 yr. old daughter. Hannah and Nico were acquainted in high school, when he moved to Britain with his hockey coach father and became best friends with her older brother, Rob, but they lost touch years before. When Nico reconnects with Rob, he asks Nico to drop in on Hannah on one of his many business trips to Stockholm as Rob is worried about her. Hannah and Nico's initial meeting sparks a connection between them that continues to grow through various personal and professional challenges, as they both find themselves back in Middledip, the small English village where Hannah grew up. In the course of the book, both Hannah and Nico are faced with restructuring their personal and professional lives. Hannah, although competent and strong in her professional life, unfortunately, isn't the best at picking her partners, and has her lovely little shop in Stockholm basically stolen from her by her now ex-boyfriend. Cut adrift from her life in Stockholm, she moves back to Middledip to help her 90 YO granny. Meanwhile, Nico, who has struggled for much of his life with an eating disorder, takes responsibility for his ex-wife's 2 YO daughter in addition to their shared 8 YO as he's a stand-up kind of man who cannot turn his back on a child in need. When he finds that he can't manage single parent duties on top of his job, he unhesitatingly quits the job and moves to Middledip to concentrate on his little family's needs. Hannah and Nico were well-matched in that both were kind, responsible, and unselfish. They didn't hesitate to do their best for others, even at their own expense. Their romance moved forward in fits and starts, based on a firm foundation of friendship. I loved the wintry, snowy feel of the book as well as the scenes set in Stockholm, and the Swedish holiday customs included. I also appreciated that the book dealt with Nico's struggle with his eating disorder in a factual but kind fashion. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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