The Winter We Met
When charming, mysterious Nik sits next to Jess on a plane home from a Christmas toy trade fair, she never could have imagined the impact he’d have on her life. As they touch down in London, Jess is hesitant to let Nik walk away, and before she knows it, she’s invited him to visit.
As the two take in the delights of the toy store where she works, Jess gets an upsetting phone call. Willow Court, her grandmother’s care home, is to close before Christmas. Jess is determined to find the perfect new home for her Gran – and throw the best Christmas party Willow Court has ever seen!
But time is running out with the closure looming and Jess becomes increasingly drawn to enigmatic Nik who joins forces with her and best friend Oliver to realise those plans.
Will a chance encounter on an aeroplane bring love to Jess’s life or is this Christmas miracle too good to be true?
I received a digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
The Winter we Met is a delicious slow burn. It gently leads into a wonderfully romantic tale but, it takes its time getting there. Despite this, I felt that the pace was just right.
Our heroine Jess works at a traditional toy-shop, Under the Tree. Her flatmate and best friend, Oliver works at a local cocktail bar, even though his family is wealthy. Her Gran is a resident of Willow Court, a wonderful care home facing closure. On a business trip to a toy fair in Germany, Jess finds herself in the wrong airline seat and next to the very handsome Nik. Could Jess be about to find love and romance and what will it mean for the rest of her friends and family?
This book explores modern, common misconceptions of our elderly. It’s easy to overlook how much of their zest for life remains and it’s wonderful to be reminded of their capacity for fun. Jess is damaged by her mother’s rejection and needs the wise observations of her friends to point out what is happening under her nose.
I found the idea of the painted stones and of the ‘Wonderful Life’ Christmas party to be enchanting; just the heart-warming prescription required as we head towards the festive season.
Jess’ discovery of her own happy ever after was perfectly unpredictable and made for a wonderful conclusion to this festive read.
I do hope that you enjoy it as much as I did.
Samantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK and studied German and French at university. She has worked abroad, including a stint at Disneyland Paris, and has travelled widely.
When not writing she loves family time, reading and baking. Samantha has sold many dozens of short stories to women’s magazines.
In 2013, she landed a publishing deal for romantic comedy fiction with HQDigital at HarperCollins and in 2014 her bestselling debut, Doubting Abbey, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction Best Ebook Award.
In 2015 her summer novel, Game of Scones, hit #5 in the UK Kindle chart and won the Love Stories Awards Best Romantic Ebook category.
In 2019 she was shortlisted for the RNA’s Romantic Comedy Award.
In 2020 she won the RNA’s Jackie Collins Romantic Thriller Award with her novel Knowing You, from publisher Canelo.