Sunday, 23 December 2012

Books Read: Sarah Morgan - Once Upon a Christmas

What's your number one Christmas wish? 

Bryony’s daughter has put a dad on her Christmas list. That leaves Bryony with one month to find the perfect man, so this year she’s wishing for a miracle! 

While she’s looking for love, her best friend Helen is doing the opposite. Her Christmas wish is to forget all about the white dress hanging in her wardrobe – and her faithless rat of a fiancé. 

Helen and Bryony’s festive cheer definitely needs a boost, so it’s lucky that once upon a Christmas, wishes really do come true…

Once Upon a Christmas is actually two different stories, Bryony's and Helen's, in one book that weave together beautifully as the characters are interlinked.

When Bryony's daughter Lizzie announces that she's sent a letter to Santa asking for a dad for Christmas, Bryony is stunned as she thought they were happy as they were in their little family unit especially as she has plenty of male father figures in her life with her uncles Tom and Oliver as well as family friend Jack.  

For Bryony the perfect man has been in her life the whole time, but he doesn't seem to know it, so reluctantly she decides to date again to try and make Lizzie's wish come true.  But when her dates don't exactly go to plan it looks like Lizzie might have to be disappointed come Christmas morning... 

The last place Helen wants to be is as a guest at a wedding, especially when her own has just been cancelled, but she can't not turn up at her best friend's wedding.  At least being away from London she has time, and isolation, to get over her broken heart.  

But what Helen hadn't accounted for was the sense of belonging that she feels when she's welcomed so easily as part of this Lake District community, or that she could would have such a connection, and forget about her ex-fiance David so quickly, when she meets Bryony's brother Oliver.  

One of the things I've noticed in the couple of Sarah Morgan books that I've read is that they seem to involve doctors and mountain rescue teams so I'm assuming that she has first-hand experience of both of these to be able to write about them so well, or else she's done her research well.  

As I was expecting from a Mills & Boon novel there were delightful characters, especially young Lizzie, and a rogue or tow, with plenty of romance, but not sickeningly gushing as I used to think all M&B novels were, and the predictable happy ever after endings.  It was a nice easy book to read on a cold wet wintry Saturday and I've now got Bryony's brother Tom's story, Snowkissed by Sarah and Fiona Harper, on my Kindle to read.

I'd like to thank Roisin at Midas PR for sending me a copy of this book to review. 

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