Can neighbours become more than just good friends this Christmas?
Bella Moore is excitedly counting down the days to Christmas. That is until she arrives home one evening to find her boyfriend leaving her for another woman. Completely heartbroken, Bella is left wondering if Christmas can still be the same this year.
Next door, Bella’s neighbour Nick is facing his first Christmas as a single dad and doubting whether he can make it the magical time his son Freddie deserves.
Determined to fix both Christmas and their broken hearts, Bella comes up with an idea: a Christmas giving tree for the whole village, where the community can unite and secretly give each other the Christmas presents they truly need.
As Bella becomes chief elf, taking donations and delivering gifts with much-needed help from Nick and Freddie, the two neighbours grow closer and start seeing each other in a whole new light.
But when Nick’s estranged wife returns just before Christmas, is their budding romance over before it’s begun? Or will love be Nick and Bella’s perfect gift this Christmas?
I received a digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I have read and enjoyed a few books from Katie Ginger and so I was delighted to be offered a place on this HQ Digital Blog Tour. I am grateful for the ARC copy and to be included.
Returning to the village of Meadowbank where we met Amelia and Adam last Spring, review here, we now meet Junior school teacher Bella. As soon as I started reading about her, I found Bella to be truly lovely and the kind of teacher I would wish for all children. Once she was hit by her boyfriend’s bombshell, I was gutted for her and willing her to dust herself down and find a new focus.
When we first meet neighbour, Nick, I hoped that he would be one of the stars of the story. I was thrilled as their stories combined and, along with the adorable Freddie, they started to grow closer. That was until the shock return of Nick’s ex!
I loved the idea of the Giving Tree and have got involved in similar schemes which are aimed at children in my local community. Bella’s plan goes a lot further, and I found some of the requests to be either touching or heart-breaking. As the scheme takes shape, it’s impossible not to get caught up in the spirit of the coming season.
One of the joys of Katie Ginger’s writing is the beautiful way she constructs her characters. They are all thoroughly developed and completely believable. I always feel invested in the outcome of her stories. Of course, in any lovely story, there always seems to be a villain of the piece. I don’t include spoilers but watch out for a loathsome chap named Seymour!
I’m already looking forward to returning to Meadowbank and meeting some more of Katie’s gorgeous villagers.
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