Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Book Review - Bells and Bows on Mistletoe Row by Emily Harvale

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Title: Bells and Bows on Mistletoe Row
Author: Emily Harvale 
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author Supplied Copy
Publisher: Crescent Gate Publishing
Publication Date: 5th November 2018
Rating: 5 Stars

It’ll take a miracle to make Juliet’s Christmas merry, but Mistletoe Row is the place to be when you need some Christmas magic. 

The last person Juliet Bell expects to see when she returns home for Christmas is Harrison Bow. Especially with the most beautiful woman in the world by his side. Twenty years ago, Juliet and Harrison had the shortest romance in history, consisting of one date – and one blazing row. But Juliet will never admit when she’s wrong, and Harrison doesn’t forgive easily, so they haven’t seen, or spoken to one another since.

Harrison Bow vowed he’d never visit his grandfather at The Grange, again, or drive along Mistletoe Row, the scene of one of the unhappiest times of his life. He hasn’t been back for twenty years and he’s only here now because his brother pleaded with him to come. At least with his executive assistant joining him, he’ll be able to do some work. 

But Juliet’s sister, Zoe and Harrison’s brother, Luke have some surprises in store for their elder siblings, and so it seems does Fate. After Harrison risks his life to save Juliet, the least she can do is be nice. The problem is, Harrison is hotter than the log fire in The Mistletoe pub, and when she’s surrounded by twinkling lights and softly falling snow, it doesn’t take long for her to realise she’s in love with the man she thought she hated. Even if he doesn’t appear to be in love with her. 

What an utter delight this book is, yet again Emily Harvale has written a Christmas book to be truly cherished and enjoyed. 

I especially loved that although this is completely a standalone there were a few nods to previous locations and characters from some of her other releases, which really did bring a smile to my face, even for short cameos from places / people that are familiar.  It does though make me think that Mistletoe Row is set in the most picturesque and quaint part of the country with other fabulously named places nearby too. 

The Bells and the Bows have almost a Romeo and Juliet feel to them, and if Harrison was called Romeo, I would definitely be comparing them!  As it is Juliet and Harrison had one date 20 years ago, and then haven't seen or spoken to each other since.  In fact they had a massive row and one of the first things I was eager to find out once I started getting know them was what the falling out was all about. 

The whole book had such a warm and cosy feel to it, that it was such a joy to read.  However for most of the book I couldn't help but feel that if the characters had all learnt to communicate and talk to each other, rather than make assumptions life would have been a lot simpler - but then again the book would have become boring - so its a good thing they didn't! 

There really wasn't a dull moment at all in this story, filled with potentially unrequited love, an action scene, a daring rescue, plenty of festive feeling and a whole lot of plot with wonderfully realistic characters.  

A rather quick book to read, but an absolute joy to read.  Even if I didn't know who the book was by, within pages I would have been able to tell it was an Emily Harvale, just the way she writes is so distinctive, that I knew I was definitely reading another fabulous book really early on - from the moment you realise that there is some sort of history between Juliet and Harrison, I was completely and utterly hooked. 

Thank you to the author for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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