Lucy Coleman comes to the blog with a story of second chances, romance and family in
Magic Under the Mistletoe
Leesa has been working non-stop on a client’s video presentation, in Australia. Flying back home to the UK in coach, her client, Cary, doesn’t seem to be able to let down or stop working, when all she wants to do is have the toddler in the middle row quieten down and just relax after all of the stress. But, nothing is quite as simple as it seems, and she’s returning to a Christmas celebration that she isn’t at all looking forward to. Her ex-in-laws have ‘cleared the decks’ for her to spend the 3 days with them – after her former mother-in-law is still grieving from the loss of her own mother. Conflicted with the memories the holiday will bring, and feeling bad for being the wedge between her ex and his family, she’s trying to find a way to ‘cut ties’ with the family without causing too much damage. But a massive snowstorm with only someone from Cary’s grandmother’s house to rescue them as the roads are closed, she’s thrown into seeing him in a new, less business-centric light, and things are intriguing.
Cary’s grandmother is putting a similar pressure on him to ‘settle down’ and the two decide to ‘pretend’ to be a couple – making a firm pact for rescue and ‘face time to lessen the pressures for a relationship for Cary and to help convince Leesa’s ex-in-laws that she’s moved on from the tragic ending of her marriage to their son. What’s most intriguing in all of this is the similarity in personality between the two, and how when Cary listens to Leesa discussing her business and struggles – the two find that they have plenty in common and can bounce ideas off of one another. But, the constant lying is getting to Leesa, and she finds herself far more involved in her feelings for Cary than he seems to be.
With family (well-meaning but interfering) several failed relationships that ended with tragedy or simply were a series of miscommunications, and Leesa’s innate ability to see to the heart of a problem, listen to what is said, and finding her own feet in her rapidly growing business, the story moves quickly with plenty of heart and laughter. There is plenty of romance as well, even as both Leesa and Cary are consistently battling their attraction and worries about ‘being enough’ for one another – but with the magic of a lovely old house and grounds, plenty of heart and family and the addition of a giant winter fete – the story is easy to follow and utterly enjoyable. You’ll want to be stranded with the two, or intrigued by Cary’s business ideas and sense – all while hoping the two find a way to work out their issues to take a chance.
Title: Magic Under the Mistletoe
Author: Lucy Coleman
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Family Saga, Holiday Themed, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: Britain
Published by: Aria
Published on: 5 September, 2019
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Christmas and romance are in the air...
It's December 23rd and while everyone else is rushing home for the holidays, workaholic Leesa Oliver is dreading switching on her out-of-office for the festive season. And it seems her equally driven boss, Cary Anderson, isn't relishing spending Christmas at his family's country estate either.
So together, they draft an unexpected Christmas contract: They'll spend half of the holidays with each other's families, pretending to be a couple. Leesa knows the insufferably good-looking Cary will make her Christmas more bearable, but what happens after the last of the mince pies have been eaten...?
Leesa signed off on a sensible business agreement, but somewhere, amongst the fairy lights and carols something seems to have changed... It seems there might just be some magic under the mistletoe this Christmas!
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.