Sunday, 1 October 2017

Book Review - We'll Always Have Christmas by Jenny Hale - Blog Tour

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Title: We'll Always Have Christmas
Author: Jenny Hale
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: 29th September 2017
Rating: 5 Stars

An enchanting story about the magic of Christmas, the importance of family, and the joy of falling in love during the most romantic season of the year…

Christmas has always been a special time for Noelle Parker. Winter evenings spent with family and friends, drinking hot chocolate and eating cookies at her family’s cozy bakery have shaped her love for all things festive. But this year everything is changing…

The beloved bakery is facing closure and Noelle needs a miracle to save Christmas.

Determined to raise funds for the family business, Noelle sets about revamping the bakery while juggling a surprise new job, caring for the elderly and cantankerous William Harrington in his luxurious, sprawling mansion.

As Noelle melts the frostiness of the house with cake baking, snowball fights and glittering decorations, she helps William to reconnect with a romance that has spanned decades and unexpectedly finds herself falling for his grandson - the gorgeous but mysterious Alexander Harrington…

In the countdown to Christmas, can Noelle save the bakery, reunite a family and create some magical memories of her own along the way?

Pure perfection of a cracking Christmas story that had me entranced from cover to cover.  This book is easily the best Christmas book I have read so far this year, and has me really feeling the spirit of Christmas throughout. 

For its a story of many elements that meld together so well,  in some ways that may surprise you, while I can see aspects of Christmas favourites in there too. For example the workaholic who needs to be reminded about the importance of family, the old man who is slightly grumpy, but has such good reasons for the way he is, to the attempt to keep a family bakery open. There are characters who need to follow their dreams, there is a little boy who sees the world a bit differently, and connects to the least likely of people. 

And there is Noelle, who has the most festive name going, with a book that starts of feeling very Christmassy, and just turns into such a fabulous story. Noelle loves Christmas but this year things are tough, as the family bakery may be closing, her beloved Gram isn't with them anymore, and she needs a new job urgently. 

The only job in sight is looking after William Harrington, in the family's mansion, where she and son Lucas are allowed to live. Only the Harringtons aren't Noelle's family's favourite people at the moment. 

I've always thought that Jenny Hale excelled herself writing Christmas books, and she has completely outdone herself this year. You can't help but warm to the romantic hero in this book, and there are some simply magnificent romantic gestures that had me almost in tears (of joy I think). 

There is a story of lost love, storylines of trying to find your place in the world, a 6 year old boy coming out of his shell, loads of snow, and the true magic of the festive season runs through the heart of this book. 

I would love to say more but to be honest I'm in danger of either giving spoilers if I enthuse too much, or I'll be running out of superlatives! 

Start your festive reading for the season off on the right foot, and take a look at We'll Always Have Christmas, I clearly highly recommend it! 

Thank you so much to Bookouture and Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

About Jenny Hale
Jenny Hale is a USA Today and Amazon best-selling author of romantic women’s fiction. The film adaptation of her novel Coming Home for Christmas will air on the Hallmark Channel this year. Her stories are chock-full of feel-good romance and overflowing with warm settings, great friends, and family.  
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