While her free-spirited daughter travels the world, Vivienne prepares for a lonely Christmas in Bristol, with her best friend Ellen and her ancient dog Bob.
Then a letter arrives that changes everything. Vivienne’s daughter is getting married in New Zealand, and she wants her mum and Ellen by her side.
But out on the rugged coast of Tutukaka, the sea sparkles, romance beckons – and Vivienne falls under the spell of another life. Will she leave everything she holds dear for a chance at happiness? Or will her daughter be the only one to fall in love this Christmas?
My 5* Review
I love nothing more than snuggling down with a good read on the cold evenings and this book did not disappoint. As we are headed towards Christmas I thought I would get some festive reads in as I can’t read a Christmas book other than in the lead up to the big day.
This book captures your heart from the off with the fantastic friendship captured between Elle & Viv who have been best friends since childhood and the way in which Amanda Prowse has bought to life the characters of these ladies with feisty Elle & quieter Viv. The way in which the friendship is delivered makes you feel warm and fuzzy and fills you with laughter as they set off on their adventure to New Zealand.
Once I had snuggled down I was transported to their world and didn’t put the book down until I had finished as I was desperate to know the destiny of all these fantastic characters. I picked this up expecting it to be a Christmas book, however although it is based in the lead up to the festive holidays it is a story about love, friendship, tradition and how sometimes you just have to give life another chance.
“Well, it’s fair to say your background isn’t conventional in terms of the average barrister…” Dolus points out. “Well that depends on your definition of conventional and who wants to be average anyway?”
Northern girl Amanda Bentley isn’t your average lawyer.
She spent her teenage years in the Working Men’s club and hanging out in the park to avoid going home. Fresh out of law school she lands pupillage at a top set of Chambers and is catapulted into a world completely alien to her own, fighting prejudice and snobbery at every turn.
Piling on the pressure, this year it is announced two candidates have been accepted but there’s only one job at the end of it. And her competition? Marty, her smarmy law school nemesis.
Throw into the mix an ill-advised romance with the staggeringly sexy Sid Ryder and Amanda quickly realises winning pupillage isn’t just about how good a lawyer you are.
But even if she does come out on top, all of it could be for nothing if her colleagues ever discover who she really is and one very dark secret.
My 4* Review
Amanda takes you on her unconventional journey as she enlists on her pupillage with a point to prove. She is sassy, feisty and doesn’t want to conform, I fell in love with her straight away as she is a girl after my own heart and she isn’t afraid to say what she thinks regardless of whether her actions help achieve her end goal.
I love nothing more than being able to curl up with a book and being compelled to keep turning the pages to find out what happens to the characters that have been bought to life. Roxie Cooper accomplished all of this in her 1st novel, I really enjoyed this book for all of those reasons. It was a lovely refreshing read and I was drawn in and wanted to find out what would be thrown Amanda’s way next and how she would deal with it.