Three friends. One surprise inheritance. And the perfect plan to deal with troublesome husbands at Christmas time… Newly divorced Lorna is struggling to adjust to life on her own. When she discovers that her beloved godfather has left her the grand (and crumbling) Ravenscourt House in the heart of Sussex, she soon has a project on her hands. Nathan sells delicious goodies at Mulberry Farm. When he meets Lorna at a Christmas market, neither of them can ignore the chemistry. But as they get to know one another, Lorna wants to know one thing – is he after her or the house? Together with Gloria – whose marriage to alcoholic Adrian has hit rock bottom, and Rosalind – struggling to deal with her womanising husband Ivan, the three friends hatch a plan. They’ll ditch their difficult husbands at Ravenscourt House and enjoy stress-free Christmases with their families. But nothing is ever that simple… An entertaining story of family, friendship and new beginnings that will delight fans of Trisha Ashley, Carole Matthews and Katie Fforde.
*Copy provided by publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
When I started reading this book, I was expecting festive Christmassy read. But instead of happily ever after, I got an emotional story about family disconnections. The story centers around Lorna and her two girlfriends. All three of them are married with much older husbands who left them for younger models. Lorna is already divorced and tries to find her purpose in life after her husband abandoned her. Her godfather has left her a very big and worthy house. Her best friend has a plan, to get their husbands and leave them in the abandoned house, for a while, to think about their lives and their families. But in the meantime, Lorna meets Nathan at the Christmas market. Is Lorna ready to start all over again? Can she fall in love again?
As much as I tried to enjoy this read, I couldn’t connect with the characters. I couldn’t connect with Lorna, her friends or her daughter. Lorna’s much older husband leaves her for a much younger woman, and she is thinking of accepting him back. Her daughter, who is a student, gets pregnant with a married man, and she is ok with that. Her daughter becomes someone’s mistress on purpose and she doesn’t even give her a lecture for that. Lorna is not even capable of bringing her own decisions about the house she has inherited. Everyone else is telling her what to do with the house. The only likeable person, according to me, is Nathan, who sells delicios foods. He is kind and honest, maybe the most honest person in the whole book. He doesn’t talk much, he doesn’t reveal much from his past, but he is like a modern knight in a shining armour.
Overall, it is not a bad read, but if you are looking for something festive for Christmas, then this isn’t it, according to me. The story with ditching the husbands could be very different, could be festive, could be comic, could be fun, or very serious. But in reality, the plot is pretty plain with superficial characters and I couldn’t find myself in the book. That’s why I’m rating it with just 6/10.
My rating: 6/10