Snow is falling, fires are crackling merrily, and Lockton tradition has everyone hanging a promise they’re determined to keep this Christmas on the tree in the village square…
Meg Scott has promised to make a success of her first solo Christmas. She runs a year-round Christmas shop in the little Scottish village, and is a fan of all things mulled, sparkly and festive. So when her warring family shows up on her doorstep, ready to spread discord and tension, Meg is determined not to let them ruin her favourite time of the year.
Meanwhile, Christmas-hating Tom Riley-Clark has been called to the Highlands to help his old friend at The Apple Cross Inn. He’s ready to work hard and has no time for mince pies, tinsel or hanging a promise on the tree: the thought of every day being Christmas is his worst nightmare, and you wouldn’t catch him dead buying a bauble. So everyone is surprised when Christmas-loving Meg and grinch Tom start to get cozy under the mistletoe.
But Tom has a big secret about his past, and in a small town like Lockton it’s hard to keep anything hidden for long. Will everything fall apart when Meg discovers who he really is? The pair are about to learn the hard way that some promises are impossible to keep…
Reading a festive book in September? Well, why not? 😉 Some people would not do it so early in the year, but I don’t mind. In fact I even prefer it like this in order to avoid an overdose in December.
I know I must sound like a fanatic, but I am not. I like to read about Christmas, but call me Mrs Grinch. I am always relieved when the 26th arrives. If I could hide from the 23rd until the 26th I would in a heart beat. Tom could easily be my brother. LOL
Even though I am not a fan myself (as you understood by now, I am sure 😉 ), I respect that people are on cloud nine when Christmas arrives and I do see what they like about it. It’s just not my cup of tea.
Nevertheless, I really enjoyed this book. Opposites do attract and it would be rather dull if you always like the same things as your partner. Love and relationships are about give and take and seeing things through your loved one’s eyes.
It was nice being in Scotland again and meeting some old ‘friends’. In a previous book ( The Little Village of New Starts) the author told us Evie and Callums story. Now it’s her friend Meg’s turn. Why not treat yourself to both books if you have missed out on the first one?
It’s freezing in Lockton, but you won’t need a coat. The story will warm you through and through. 5 stars.
Thank you, Donna Ashcroft and Bookouture
About the author
Donna Ashcroft was born in London and grew up in Buckinghamshire. She went to university in Lancashire and, among other things, worked as a copywriter, buyer, waitress, secretary and marketing manager.
Donna wrote novels for over ten years before being published. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and was a joint winner of the Katie Fforde Bursary in 2017.
Donna loves a happy ending and is never happier than when she’s escaping into a romance novel or movie. When she’s not reading or writing she’ll probably be found hoovering … or negotiating with her teenagers about who is doing the washing up.