Monday, 10 October 2016

Book Review - Kiss Me Under The Mistletoe by Fiona Harper - Rachel Reads Randomly Book #41

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Title:  Kiss Me Under The Mistletoe
Author: Fiona Harper
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Purchased
Publisher: Mills & Book
Publication Date: 19th October 2012
Rating: 4 Stars

This Christmas, ex-WAG Louise Thornton is starting her new life, away from the paparazzi – and her cheating husband. Un-manicured, back on carbs and holding herself together courtesy of some seriously good foundation, Louise will make things perfect for her son, right up until he leaves for his dad’s on the big day.

Then she’ll be free to curl up and cancel Christmas. But it turns out escaping the fame goldfish bowl comes with some perks: peace and quiet, no baying press, plus regular battles with her Mr Darcy-esque new neighbour to keep her edge. And the best thing about a real, country Christmas is that there’s always lots of mistletoe to be found…

Mistletoe is not just for Christmas as you will learn during this lovely romance novel. In fact there are two stories being told in this book, which I wasn't fully expecting. 

There is Louise, who is now an ex-WAG and has moved to Westhaven, in Devon after demanding a divorce. She is determined to make a new home for herself and son Jack, out of the prying eyes of the paparazzi.  The house is massive and in need of some TLC, as is its garden. Ben had been tending the garden and slowly comes to an arrangement with Laura, but will they ever give into the connection they are both denying between them. 

Then perhaps even more interestingly is the story of the house's previous owner Laura, who had hidden a diary in the boathouse, and her story is revealed slowly in the form of diary entries.  I found myself more eager to find out what happened to Laura and her love affairs, than the present day story at times. 

It feels like a story of renewal, of getting your life back together after a divorce, and also involves a lot of cake. Believe it or not Louise is a fantastic baker, and some of the cakes she was making sounded delicious. She also had a really hard childhood, which has affected her every decision since. 

I really enjoyed reading Kiss Me Under the Mistletoe, it has some good storylines, a pleasant writing style and a couple of big romantic gestures to look out for. There is a Christmas element to the story, but its not the overpowering theme of the book, and probably isn't the Christmas period you would have predicted as the start of the book. 

Thank you to everyone that voted for Kiss Me Under The Mistletoe.  It was an enjoyable book that I am glad I have finally read. I really look forward to seeing which Christmas book you are picking for me next week. 

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