Florist Rachel Jones might spend every day making beautiful bridal bouquets at her little flower shop, but her own love life is wilting as quickly as a bunch of dead roses.
Luckily, the arrival of handsome detective Anthony Bascombe, the new tenant upstairs is the perfect distraction! Although there’s a catch, Anthony isn’t looking for love – he’s looking for her ex-fiancé, Patrick…
But as the snow begins to fall and her little shop fills with mistletoe ready for Christmas, will Rachel manage to melt Anthony’s heart?
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I'd like to thank Anna at HQ Digital for inviting me to be part of this blog tour and sending me a copy of Meet Me under the Mistletoe to review.
Despite having copies of both of Carla Burgess' previous books, Marry Me Tomorrow and Stuck with You, on my Kindle Meet Me under the Mistletoe was the first book that I'd read and what a delightful treat of a read it was whilst laid up in bed ill.
I have to confess that I am someone who is drawn to a cover of a book, before I even read what the story is about, so was instantly drawn to the gorgeous Christmassy feel of this one. It felt so whimsical and romantic that I was hoping that the words inside would live up to the image and on the whole they did. It was your typical girl meets boy story but it wouldn't be fun if things were all rosy from the start...
Our main character Rachel Jones loves everything about Christmas but sadly she has no-one special in her life to share the magic with since her split with her fiance Patrick, until one day a handsome stranger Anthony walks into her florist shop. It turns out that he's the new tenant in her parents flat above the florist, but there's something mysterious about him and that maybe all is not what it seems. From the initial meeting there was an instant connection between them but it soon becomes clear that he is there under false pretences so Rachel finds her heart fighting with her head as to whether to trust that everything she is feeling is real, or is she going to be left broken-hearted again.
Anthony was the complete opposite to Rachel especially where Christmas is concerned, a tragic event in his past has severely affected him so to him it's just another day that he'd rather just work and not celebrate the occasion with family or friends. He's also closed off to relationships and would rather enjoy the moment and not get into anything serious. Will his blossoming friendship with Rachel thaw his cold heart and enable him to recapture the magic of romance and Christmas through her eyes?
Although I've not read her previous two books, I did identify that a few of the secondary characters were the central characters in her previous books, Emily and Sam from Marry Me Tomorrow and Elena and Daniel from Stuck with You. I love it when characters make cameo appearances in other stories so now I need to go back and read how their own love stories began.
Overall Meet Me under the Mistletoe was the perfect pick me up I needed when feeling down. It was a heartwarming story about romance and trust and of course centred around Christmastime, what more could a girl want. Although I will confess there were a few minor elements that had me thinking would that really happen so soon but casting those doubts aside I was able to enjoy their unconventional love story for what it was but would love to catch up with them again sometime in the future to see how their relationship has developed.
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