(An Unforgettable Christmas #2)
by Tilly Tennant
All Isla wants for Christmas is to be left in peace, but in the Alps, there’s potential for romance in every snowflake that falls…
It’s the week before Christmas and Isla McCoy has just received an unexpected gift: a letter announcing she is due a life-changing inheritance, but only if she’s willing to make peace with the father who abandoned her.
She has absolutely no intention of making amends, but who could resist an all-expenses-paid trip to the French resort of St Martin-de-Belleville?
There she meets smooth-talking Justin and nerdy glaciologist Sebastian; two very different men, with two very different agendas. Torn between her head and her heart, Isla finds herself utterly lost in a winter wonderland of her own feelings.
Surrounded by twinkling candles and roaring log-fires, Isla’s resolve finally begins to melt. But will she learn how to reconnect, not only with a whole new family, but with herself and her heart? A gorgeously heart-warming festive read to help spark a little romance in those long winter nights. Perfect for fans of Jane Linfoot, Debbie Johnson, and Jenny Colgan.
He was still wearing that ridiculous bow tie and jacket from earlier and, in her book, nobody was attractive enough to get past that. Who did he think he was – Indiana Jones?
His face lit up as though she’d just announced he’d got six numbers on the lottery.
I don’t want a day to go by when I don’t see your face or hear your voice or feel your touch. It sounds ridiculous and melodramatic but it’s how I feel. My chest hurts when I think about continents and oceans between us.
This was a slowly developing story that took place over a week’s period during Christmas. The tale was fraught with emotional tension and family drama, as most Christmas seasons are, but this one featured a nearly thirty-year-old woman traveling to the French Alps to meet with her father and his second family after he had abandoned her and her hateful and horrid mother twenty-four years previous. The cause of the meeting was to hear the conditions of her recently departed grandmother’s will, which provided the basis of the story as well as the opportunity to meet new people and explore old memories, resentments, and misconceptions. The narrative was engaging, insightfully written, and generally well balanced as it alternated between amusing and heart squeezing. I adored the nerdy, freckle-faced, and bowtie wearing Sebastian, he was such a sweet and gentle soul and by far my favorite character in this story, and I was aggravated by Isla’s curt and rude treatment of him, although, like her prickly mother, Isla was considerably lacking in social skills. There was a tiny bit of romance, which is always a treat, and the bonus of learning a few more Brit phrases to add to my collection. This time I gleaned two I’d never heard before, “grab your coat you’ve pulled,” and “taken for a mug.” I can’t decide whether I should I be offended or relieved that no one has ever addressed either phrase to me…
Tilly Tennant was born in Dorset, the oldest of four children, but now lives in Staffordshire with a family of her own. After years of dismal and disastrous jobs, including paper plate stacking, shop girl, newspaper promotions and waitressing (she never could carry a bowl of soup without spilling a bit), she decided to indulge her passion for the written word by embarking on a degree in English and creative writing, graduating in 2009 with first class honours. She wrote her first novel in 2007 during her first summer break at university and has not stopped writing since. She also works as a freelance fiction editor and considers herself very lucky that this enables her to read many wonderful books before the rest of the world gets them.
Tilly is represented by the wonderful, gorgeous Peta Nightingale at LAW.
This book was reviewed as part of a Christmas reading challenge generously sponsored by Just Another Girl and Her Books