This is part of the “catch up” reads that should have been posted before the holiday. It is no reflection on the stories or the books themselves, merely one of the many that got caught up in my life when things went crazy and posting slowed significantly. My apologies to the authors and publishers: but there’s no rules that say you can’t experience the magic of the holiday season (or a good book) at any time.
Lucy Knott comes to the blog with a story of renewed friendships, superheroes, dreams and family with
One Snowy Week in Springhollow
Scarlett and Devon were inseparable: sharing hospital rooms, accidents, adventures and imagination they’d created an “us against the world’ combination that even their parents frequently despaired of. Scarlett wasn’t the typical ‘girly girl’ with her superhero obsession, constant drawing, skateboard and her willingness to try anything. Devon was always there as her friend, partner in crime and protector from the bullies at school. Until he wasn’t – leaving Scarlett angry, alone and depressed.
Fast forward ten years and Scarlett is working with her best friend Hope as her assistant – channeling all her creativity into the Christmas Fair, small crafts and keeping Devon and her obsession with all thing superhero in a box. A closed box. Buried under other boxes. Never to be mentioned again. Strangely enough, Hope and her boyfriend Jesse are huge nerds – but they know nothing of Scarlett’s past life. Until Devon, now starring as a superhero in a new movie returns to town, and Hope is geeking out over an interview.
Devon has always missed Scarlett and tried after he moved to stay in touch. She rebuffed all of his attempts, stuffing down the hurt and anger – and getting stuck in her teenaged self. Angry, repressed and ignoring all that she once loved, things were the same for her all these years later. Knott used the traumas and fears that Scarlett embraced to show her stuck and static – while things moved for Devon, even as he was trying to understand her rebuffs despite their obvious connection. It takes several attempts, plenty of push from both Hope and Jesse, some quiet moments and more than a bit of regret for the two to work out their issues and find themselves where they were meant to be. A lovely and hopeful story of overcoming traumas and hurts, moving forward and growing up and into the life you want and deserve.
Title: One Snowy Week in Springhollow
Author: Lucy Knott
Genre: British, Contemporary Romance, Family Saga, Friendship, Holiday Themed, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: Britain, Small Town
Published by: Aria
Published on: 5 November, 2020
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Tomboy Scarlett thought Devon would be her best friend forever. He was the only person in Springhollow who supported her ambitious artist dreams. But then one winter, Devon and his parents disappear without warning to start a new life in NYC and a devastated Scarlett is left alone to face her high-school bullies and overbearing mother.
Fast-forward ten years: Scarlett is playing it safe in her childhood village with a dull PA job and a wardrobe that passes her mother's old-fashioned standards. Meanwhile, Devon is a Hollywood heartthrob, starring in the latest superhero blockbuster. And he's finally coming home for Christmas...
Scarlett can't help blaming her former best friend for the way her life has turned out, but Devon's cheeky charm and gorgeous smile prove difficult to resist. Devon always did make her feel on top of the world, but Scarlett knows her heart isn't racing just because she has her friend back – is it mistletoe madness, or is she seeing Devon in a completely new light?
Scarlett hasn't taken a risk in years... but this Christmas of second chances could finally be her time to shine.
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.