Genre: Chick Lit, Contemporary Romance
Step inside a beautiful winter wonderland where love, laughter and cosy nights by the fire will make this Christmas one to remember.
Neve Whitaker loves managing the Stardust Lake hotel. She gets to work alongside her wonderful family and she’s spending Christmas on the most enchanting, snow-covered island in Scotland. So why is her heart so heavy this festive season?
It might have something to do with the gorgeous actor Oakley Rey, the man she finished with before he left for California and the man she loves more than anything. With Oakley’s career in Hollywood soaring, Neve is convinced she’d only hold him back. She had to end it with him – at least that’s what she keeps telling herself.
But now she has a secret she’s struggling to keep, and when Oakley arrives on Juniper Island determined to win her back, Neve is thrown off balance. Will Neve’s fear of having her heart broken again push Oakley away for good, or is it time for her to take a leap of faith?
Get swept away by this deliciously sweet and heartwarming tale, and spend an unforgettable Christmas on Juniper Island.
I confessed in my review of the first book in this series, Christmas Under a Cranberry Sky that I’m a Christmas junkie and I couldn’t wait to revisit this lovely and enchanting town again! I may have even liked this one a bit better than the first though they’re equally charming and romantic, this book just has a bit more drama and secrecy than the first.
This book picks up right where the first one left off, Neve is shocked by the sudden, unannounced appearance of her ex boyfriend, Oakley who also happens to be a huge Hollywood movie star. Things between them are immediately complicated and muddled up though it’s clear they’re still madly in love with each other. While the first book focused mostly on the love story between Gabe and Piper love is in the air for many of the residents of Juniper Island this time around. Adam, the new assistant manager of the hotel begins a tentative relationship with one of the shop workers Ivy, and we are even shown brief glimpses of Luke (Neve and Gabe’s brother) and Andrea as they fall in love. All of them must sort through various problems and issues as they take a chance on love. And one of my favorites little Wren is back and she’s just as unabashedly honest and hilarious as she was in the first book.
No one writes a Christmas book quite as beautifully as Martin does, she captures the magic of Christmas and she made me feel like a young child again, I was so enraptured by this extraordinary town. I’m going to go ahead and dub her the Queen of the Romantic Christmas novel! Just look at that cover, doesn’t it make you want to crawl right inside? I’m actually trying to talk myself out of decorating my house for Christmas because if I actually do that in October my husband may think I’ve finally gone and lost my mind! Pick this one up for a feel good, funny, warm and cozy read that will make you sigh with happiness and contentment by the end.
Overall rating: 4.5/5
Thanks to Bookouture for my copy in exchange for an honest review.