Viola Smith plays the viola in an orchestra (yes really!), but this year she’s been asked to stretch her musical talents to organising Notting Hill’s local nativity. Nate Williams isn’t looking forward to Christmas but as his small daughter, Grace, has the starring role in the show, he’s forced to stop being a Grinch and volunteer with Viola.With the sparks between them hotter than the chestnuts roasting in Portobello market, Nate and Viola can’t deny their feelings. And as the snow starts to fall over London, they find themselves trapped together in more ways than one…
What they say: I have to admit I had kept away from this book for some time as the cover to me showed something that was fully romance, and so whenever I was in the mood for something a bit more bright I looked around for the louder, more colourful colours, and told myself I’d save this for when I was in such the mood for something a bit heavier. What a fool I was, readers, what a fool!!!
This is the story of Viola Smith who plays in an orchestra for a living. From the second this book began I was planning my escape from everyday life to be on my own so I could drink it in, and drink it in I did!!
The meeting of the two main characters was mesmirising and I immediately wondered how their paths would cross again, as did she (!) ‘How had I gone from a smile on the tube and a few lines of flirty banter to romcom, he-could-be-the-one territory?’
When they did and I realised that there was a nativity involved (yes, I get that I should have gotten all this from the blurb but I’d forgotten, okay?!?!), and not only this but the COMEDY was bang up my street, I was delighted!! I really enjoyed this book, the romance, the humour, the settings. I was right there with Viola, as she tried to navigate being around someone who has a child and all that entails. I will admit things were a bit black and white as opposed to grey in terms of the drama, but it didn’t detract from a wonderful book, that is possibly one of my top Christmas books this year, by an author I need to start reading more by. Thanks so much to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the book in return for an honest review and allowing me to be part of the blog tour.
About the author
Jules Wake announced at the age of ten that she planned to be a writer. Along the way she was diverted by the glamorous world of PR and worked on many luxury brands and not so luxury brands. This proved fabulous training for writing novels as it provided her with the opportunity to hone her writing and creative skills penning copy on a vast range of subjects from pig farming and watches, sunglasses and skincare through to beer and stationery. She writes best-selling warm-hearted contemporary fiction for One More Chapter as Jules Wake and under her pen name Julie Caplin, she writes the Romantic Escapes series.Between them, the two Js have written twelve novels, Notting Hill in the Snow being thelatest.
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