Sunday, 20 March 2016

Book Review - What Happens in the Alps... by T.A. Williams

Amazon UK
Title: What Happens in the Alps
Author: T.A. Williams 
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Carina
Publication Date: 21st March 2016
Rating: 5 Stars


Two years ago, Annie Brewer’s life was turned upside down when her adrenaline-junkie husband died in a tragic climbing accident. So she’s hoping that moving to the beautiful village of Santorso in the Italian Alps will finally put her life back on track!


She might be going into business with her oldest friend – notorious lady-charmer Matt Brown – but men are definitely out of the question for Annie! That is, until she bumps into tall, dark and delicious Alessandro Lago on the ski slopes…and spontaneously says ‘Yes’ to a date!

It must be the crisp, mountain air but suddenly, anything seems possible. The only trouble is, chivalrous Matt is looking more gorgeous than ever…

What Happens in the Alps is easily my favourite book of T.A. Williams' What Happens series and is definitely one of the best he has written.  From the first page I was drawn into the little village of Santorso in the Italian Alps and into Annie's life. 

Two years ago, Annie's husband died in a freak climbing accident, and she is only just starting to piece her own life together again. She has moved to Santorso in order to set up her own English Language school, and is adamant that she is not yet ready, nor looking for a man. 

However as is often the case when you aren't looking for something, two gorgeous men arrive on the scene, and into Annie's heart, as well as one four legged friend, and one slightly older gentleman who Annie sees as a surrogate grandfather type. 

Let's start with the four legged friend, Leo, who is a labrador who we first meet when he runs into a ski-er on one of the runs, and Annie comes to the rescue. However its Leo's next meeting with Annie that is particularly hilarious and memorable. 

There is also Alessandro Lago, whose father owns Leo, and is the owner of the new hotel in the resort. He has the deepest blue eyes and is a smooth talker, and talks Annie into a date. Matt returns to Annie's life, and was her husband's best friend. He is a womaniser, but with a heart of gold, and it is clear he really cares for Annie. 

I loved the setting of the Italian Alps for this story, as well as any time Annie went out for a meal, as food mentions in the restaurants were really getting my stomach rumbling. The various scenes of Annie's skiing were great and exhilarating and despite realistically knowing the sport isn't for me, I really wanted to be up there alongside her, experiencing the thrills. 

Annie is very loveable and easy to empathise with , and I found her clumsy streak to be quite endearing. Throughout the book I couldn't help but wonder at how comfortable I was with all the characters, and just how familiar the writing is, now that I have read so many of T.A. Williams' books. 

If you like snow, skiing, Italy, comedy, labradors or light romance then I would definitely take a look at What Happens in the Alps. Fantastic story by an entertaining author. 

Thank you to Netgalley and Carina for this review copy. This was my honest opinion. 


  1. Another great sounding book. I have to say I do enjoy this author.

  2. Ah, on my list. Love the idea of setting on this one... thanks for the great review!


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