When Laurel returns to the village of Middledip, she’s looking for a quiet life. Adjusting to her recent divorce, she’s ready to spend some time getting back on her feet amidst the glorious snow-dusted countryside.
Yet, life in Middledip is far from straightforward. Coming to the aid of her sister, Rea, as she navigates her own troubles, Laurel barely has a moment to think about where her own life is going.
However, time stands still when she sees her old flame, Grady Cassidy – and it’s soon as if they’ve never been apart. But through her happiness, Laurel remembers why she left the village all those years ago, as she recalls a dark night and Grady’s once-wayward brother, Mac…
Can Laurel learn to forgive and forget? Or will her chances of Christmas under the mistletoe with Grady remain a dream?
Under the Mistletoe is a cosy, feel-good Christmas read, a contemporary romance set in a small English village called Middledip. Middledip is brimming with warm and likeable characters and it makes a lovely setting for the book. The descriptions are vivid and there is a wonderful sense of community spirit and a gorgeous Christmassy atmosphere. I liked the creative touches the author added to the book, a few of the characters are artistic and I enjoyed reading the descriptions of their paintings and crafts. It is a compelling read and I wanted get to the end to see how the story unravelled. The storyline is solid, the romance is not at the forefront of this novel, the root of the story is what happened to teenage Laurel all those years ago. A lot of water has passed under the bridge since then, however returning to Middledip has made Laurel face her fears head on.
A light and engaging read but with some sensitive topics discussed, which might be uncomfortable reading for some. Issues such as agoraphobia, truancy, divorce, bullying and sexual assault are touched upon. It did feel as though a lot was being explored in one book, a lighter approach would have been concentrate on one or two topics. It is, however, counterbalanced with some lovely descriptive writing, heartwarming moments and it has a fabulous festive feel.
Publication Date (UK): 28 October 2021
Page Count: 384
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Thank you to the publisher for the gifted advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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