Belinda Missen comes to the blog today with a lovely holiday romance that is all about taking chances and finding joy in new places with
One Week ‘Til Christmas
Isobel is a traveler, writing a column about travel and whatever takes her boss’ fancy as she jets from place to place. She’s got friends all over the world, and while the holiday is fast approaching and her family is convinced she won’t be back in Melbourne to spend Christmas and the New Year with them, she’s determined to get a bit of Christmas Cheer in during a week in London, staying at her friend’s place. But things haven’t started off particularly well – the weather is dreadful, puddles and slush are everywhere, and a chance encounter with a dashing stranger resulted in the two of them upended into said slush, on the ground, in front of a very shocked bus driver. Now wet, a bit concerned about the state of her electronics and still a bit to go – she arrives at Estelle’s a bit bedraggled, but ready to take on the ‘season’ with a list of places to see and markets to visit.
Despite her being on vacation, her boss calls with a request that she step in and do a ‘last minute’ interview – playing on her repeated requests to get more ‘toothsome’ pieces – and she’s off to meet her subject, unknown with few notes. Surprise of all surprises, her subject is the man who landed in her lap at the bus stop the night before, and no, she didn’t imagine the chemistry between them, or the fact that he is drop-dead handsome. Despite being unprepared to ask questions that indicate she is aware of just who he is, Isobel is honest, and Tom is wonderfully accommodating as the interview flies by and ends with him asking her out for a coffee and a meal later that night.
Throughout the story, Isobel is faced with her short time in London all while enjoying time she’s spending with Tom as they do ‘tourist’ things like skate and visit various Christmas markets. If Tom and Isobel don’t get you in the spirit of Christmas and what’s possible, as they are well-matched, talk about everything, and both seem to want that connection between them that sparks off the page and grows with each moment they spend together. From Tom’s quiet reassurance that setting out on her own is not only something she should do, but that she COULD do it successfully, the two talk about how their travel has affected family expectations for holidays and important events, as well as providing Isobel with a few ‘tricks’ about shopping and presents for her nieces. Not a long story by any means, the relationship, a threat to it and the growth and changes come quickly – all fitting in with the overwhelming positivity of the possibilities of the season and a huge festive hit as we travel all over for festive markets, ice rinks with decorated trees and lovely hot cocoa, mulled wines and plenty of cheer. A lovely story that will make your heart smile with the big surprise, and leave Isobel and Tom as a couple to emulate – particularly at Christmastime.
Title: One Week 'Til Christmas
Author: Belinda Missen
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Family Saga, Food / Recipes, Friendship, Holiday Themed, Second Chance, Setting: Britain
Published by: HQ Digital
Published on: 1 November, 2019
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Two people. One chance meeting. Seven days to Christmas.
Isobel Bennett is waiting for the number 11 bus when a man quite literally falls into her lap. Snow is falling, Christmas lights are twinkling, and a gorgeous man with dark brown hair has just slipped on ice and is now pressed against Isobel.
Isobel knows she’s not imagining the chemistry between them. But then his ride arrives and, embarrassed, he beats a hasty retreat, murmuring apologies – and Isobel realises only too late that she didn’t manage to catch his name…
When she runs into him again the next morning, she decides it’s fate.
It’s a second chance for Isobel and Tom – but there’s only one week until she’s leaving London for good. Seven days of enjoying all the festive delights the city has to offer: ice-skating at Somerset House, mulled wine on the Southbank, Christmas shopping at Liberty.
There’s magic in the air and mistletoe in the trees – but what will happen when the week is over?
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.