To start off my festive reviews I thought I would start December off with an author I have previously read and loved. Having read Amanda Prowse’s previous titles, Waiting to Begin and An Ordinary Life I knew that I would likely be in for an emotional and in depth festive read.
A lonely single parent finds love at Christmas in this warm festive rom-com from bestseller Amanda Prowse.
As a child, Meg always dreamed of the perfect Christmas…
This year, she can make it come true for her own little boy. There will be turkey and all the trimmings, a glittering tree, and a stocking hung up by a roaring fire. Who cares if there’s no devoted husband in the picture? She and Lucas will be just fine on their own.
But then a chance meeting with a stranger in New York unravels everything she’s planned. Will Meg finally get everything she wished for? Or will she be alone this Christmas after all?
Straight from the outset you can tell this is going to be a heartfelt, emotional read. We meet Meg as a child, who keeps being moved to different foster families after her mother can’t properly care for her and all her siblings. On Christmas day we watch the contrast in images from the homely, cosy family atmosphere of the foster family where there is a beautiful tree, presents being unwrapped and turkey being cooked. Then Meg returns to her mother’s home where her siblings are gathered in a dingy, uncared for flat, where there are no decorations and no money for presents and a clear absence of love and affection.
Fast forward a while and we see Meg now grown up, with a child. She is a single mother but her life is nothing like her childhood as she is living in a luxurious apartment and has worked her way up to become manager of a renowned bakery. Her life is a far cry from her mother’s world and her son is the centre of her universe, but a sudden business trip to New York brings her into the path of a rather dashing young man. But can he really be as good as seems?
This was the perfect festive read to start off December. The mixture of food, love, laughter and tears all set around Christmas created the perfect cosy read for the cold winter nights.
If you haven’t read any of Amanda’s books just a heads up, tissues will be needed. The emotion in her books is raw and beautiful but hard hitting.
I loved the main character of Meg as we get to see her full development, from a quiet, unsure child to a hard working, single mum whose determination and ambition ensured she didn’t end up like her own mother.
As we progress through the book we learn more about her past life from the reason she is a single mum to how she ended up managing a successful bakery. All these events helps to add to the image of this woman who is full of strength and who strives for success. For many a bad childhood can ruin someone’s life for her it made her realise what she doesn’t want in life and pushed her to try harder and fight for her place in a better life.
One of the main lessons to take away from this book is to not let your past dictate your present and your future. Just because you have a rough childhood with a bad parent and absent dad doesn’t mean that is what you need to become.
If you are looking for a cosy festive read with well rounded characters, a beautiful, emotional story line and a bit of a foodie angle I highly recommend this book!
⭐⭐⭐⭐ – a beautiful, festive read perfect for this time of year