Some weeks you are glad of a little easy escapism and let’s face it there has been quite a lot to escape from over the last few days! All I Want for Christmas is a sweet Christmas story and in many ways it is quite an old fashioned romance.
Leah Evans lives in a small rented house with her seven year old daughter Sadie. Abandoned by her boyfriend as soon as she realised that she was pregnant it has always just been the two of them together. As Sadie has got older and demonstrated real aptitude for gymnastics Leah has worked extra jobs to try and get the money together to pay for decent coaching for her.
After the death of her beloved grandmother just a short while before Christmas Leah had hopes that her inheritance might be the thing that turns their lives around. Years of discussions and plans with Nan meant that she was expecting to inherit Evergreen Hill when Nan’s estate was sorted out.
A posthumous letter from her Nan, including a new holographic will, causes all of those suppositions to tumble. Realising that she has only inherited half of the house and that the other half belongs to David Forrester, a stranger that she hasn’t seen for over twenty years, means that Leah’s plans are now all for nothing. How can she get through a Christmas surrounded by memories of her Nan and work out what to do in the future?
This is a heart-warming story in the tradition of older romance novels, filled with interesting characters and chaste kisses! Put your feet up on a cold winter’s day and enjoy the Christmassy vibes.
Supplied by Net Galley and Bookouture in exchange for an honest review.
UK Publication Date: Oct 6 2016. 233 pages.
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