Gayle is a highly successful and motivated business woman, but her success has come at a price – she hasn’t spoken to her daughters, Ella and Samantha, for years. But when Gayle has an accident at work, she realises she needs to make amends with her family.
And so she invites herself to join Ella and Samantha for their Christmas in the beautiful Scottish Highlands. The sisters are none too pleased that their mother has inserted herself into their Christmas plans. They have each other – and don’t need their mother back in their lives. Or so they think…
As they embark on their first family Christmas together in years, will the three women learn that sometimes facing up to a few home truths is all you need to heal your heart?
One More for Christmas is a feel good festive novel where the main focus is the mother and daughter relationship. Gayle and her two daughters, Samantha and Ella, are brought together again after five years of estrangement after Gayle has an accident at work. Their relationship is a complex one and the novel is very much about their reconciliation and forgiveness. The characters are likeable and engaging and the warmth and generosity of some of these characters really shines through. The relationship Ella has with her husband and daughter is endearing, they have a wonderful connection. I was expecting a romance novel so obviously I would have liked more focus to have been on Brodie’s and Samantha’s romance. However, there was just enough romance in there to hold my interest.
The setting is wonderful. The Scottish Highlands at Christmas really sets the scene and the author has a wonderful way of bringing out the atmosphere, from the descriptions of the frigid snow covered landscape in contrast to the warmth and Christmas joy within the home. It exudes Christmas spirit and I could feel the heat from the roaring log fire and smell the cinnamon biscuits wafting out from the kitchen.
I felt the ending seemed to be over very quickly, almost abruptly, and it was all wrapped up a little too neatly. I would have liked to have seen an epilogue focussing on how the relationships had panned out, particularly Brodie and Samantha. That aside, this is a lovely warm and heartfelt story which is perfect for Christmas time. The plot is simple to follow and it’s a quick and easy read for snuggling up with over Christmas.
Publication Date: 22 October 2020
Page Count: 448
Genre: Women’s Fiction/Contemporary Romance
Thank you to the publisher via Netgalley for the advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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✿ Karen ✿