Thursday, 12 November 2015

Book Review - Winter's Fairytale by Maxine Morrey - Blog Tour

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Title: Winter's Fairytale
Author: Maxine Morrey
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Carina
Publication Date: 10th November 2015
Rating: 4 Stars

Step into a winter wonderland and fall in love in the snow this Christmas…
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…

A few weeks before Christmas and a sudden blanketing of snow has closed the roads and brought public transport grinding to a halt, stranding Izzy miles from home and in desperate need of rescuing.

That doesn’t mean she’s looking to bump into Rob and spend a cosy weekend holed up in his swanky flat watching London become a winter wonderland! Because Izzy and Rob have history…

Six months ago, they were standing in the vestry of a beautiful country church, while best man Rob delivered the news that every bride dreads on their big day.

But at the time of year when anything is possible, can Rob and Izzy let go of the past and let Christmas work its magic? Or will this be one holiday wish that Izzy lets walk right out of her life…

Winner of the Carina UK #WriteChristmas competition

As I sat down to write this review, I couldn't help but feel the title is so completely correct and apt in this books case. This is a beautiful fairytale for adults, set in and around Christmas, with a healthy helping of romance, from a wedding dress designer. By the end I was almost in happy tears, such was the love in the book. 

Izzy is a wedding dress designer, and despite only 6 months ago suffering her own nightmare of a wedding, she has thrown herself into her work. Until that is she bumps into Rob again. Rob was the messenger of bad news at Izzy's wedding, and Izzy hasn't quite forgiven him. 

However as circumstances conspire for them to spend more and more time together,  and its clear there may be something more than grudging friendship between the pair. 

Then we are introduced to Rob's family, and in particularly Mike and Jenny. They were easily my favourite characters, and I was finding myself really enjoying scenes where the whole family dynamic was in play, as they are the sort of family I would love to have. Warm and loving, and I got the feeling I was part of them, and that I must have known them longer than I had. They were so comfortable to be around, it was a pleasure. 

There are some lovely descriptions in Winter's Fairytale, including those of Rob's house and the location they all spend Christmas. There are also some funny bits of the book.

What is refreshing for Winter's Fairytale, is although I would just about class it as a romance, there is no sex at all.  I would perhaps suggest its a story of a family and friends at Christmas, with a sub-plot of romance. 

I can completely understand why Maxine Morrey won the Carina #WriteChristmas competition, this year, as this story draws you in and won't let you go. It is beautifully written, very easy and pleasurable to read. 

Thanks so much to Carina and Netgalley for this review copy. This was my honest review. 

About Maxine Morrey

Maxine Morrey has wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember and wrote her first (very short) book for school when she was ten. Coming in first she won a handful of book tokens – perfect for a young bookworm!

As years went by, she continued to write, but ‘normal’ work often got in the way. Finally, she really decided to go for it, and wrote. Really wrote. And after a while she had a bunch of articles, and a non fiction book to her name. But her real love is writing novels and the magical escapism it affords – for both writer and reader. After self publishing her first novel when a contract fell through as the publishers succumbed to the recession, she continued to look for opportunities.

In August 2015, she won Carina UK’s #WriteChristmas competition. Her first romantic comedy, Winter’s Fairytale, is out on the 10th of November and is available for preorder now!

Maxine lives in Sussex, England with her husband and when not wrangling with words, can be found adding to her To Be Read pile, sewing, walking and wondering when they are going to invent a robot for ironing.

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1 comment:

  1. Awww, a beautiful review, Maxine, well done! Thanks for sharing, Rachel! :) xx


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