When Jenny inherits her estranged grandmother’s cottage in Sherwood Forest, she has nothing to lose – no money, no job, no friends, no family to speak of, and zero self-respect. Things can only get better…
Her grumpy, but decidedly handsome new neighbour, Mack, has a habit of bestowing unsolicited good deeds on her. And when Jenny is welcomed into a rather unusual book club, life seems to finally be getting more interesting.
Instead of reading, the members pledge to complete individual challenges before Christmas: from finding new love, learning to bake, to completing a daredevil bucket list. Jenny can’t resist joining in, and soon a year of friendship and laughter, tears and regrets unfolds in the most unexpected ways.
Wow two Christmas books in a row. That’s is unusual for me. 🙂
The first one is maybe a bit more about the commercial site of the holiday, whilst in my opinion this one is more about the spirit behind the holiday. Of course they are connected because you want to give something to the people you love, but it certainly does not have to be something shop bought. A gesture, letting someone know you care is more than enough too.
I have to admire Jenny. She went from the top of the world to the deepest valley and slowly, bur surely climbed up again with the help from new friends, because the people she used to know did not show their faces.
Christmas is on the 25th of December, but you can create the atmosphere during the summer too if you want to. But using some fake snow or Christmas decorations do not reflect the feeling behind this special day. It’s the friends and family that take care of that.
I really enjoyed this book. It made me smile, but it brought a few tears to my eyes as well. No matter how good you try to hide your scheming, karma will find you. This is a story about true love and friendships and being there for each other not only on Christmas day but on any day of the year, whenever and wherever a loved one needs you. 5 stars
About the author
I write stories set in and around Sherwood Forest, where I live. I love to write books that make readers laugh, swoon, and possibly shed a tear or two, but will ultimately leave you feeling uplifted and inspired. In my books, you’ll meet characters who know that life can be tough sometimes, but they learn to find joy and beauty amongst the mess, especially when they look for it together. This always includes some fantastic women facing the ups and downs of life and love, friendship and family with courage, humour, and hope. If you decide to take a closer look, I hope that you enjoy reading my book as much as I loved writing it!
Own website: https://www.bethmoran.org/