Publication: 3rd October 2019 – Hodder & Stoughton
Can a trip away lead you home?
After a bad break-up, eternal optimist Evie Miller has moved to the small village of Willowbrook to finally pursue her dream of opening a craft shop. Unfortunately, with money worries and an ex-boyfriend determined to track her down, her fresh start isn’t going entirely to plan.
Jake Hartwood is also looking to escape his past. Haunted by the loss of his wife, he’s determined not to get close to anyone again – and the last thing he wants is to be celebrating this December.
Hoping to avoid the festivities, Evie and Jake arrange to escape Christmas together as friends in Provence. But will the magic of the season change things between them?
And what happens if one of them starts to feel something more?
It’s my absolute pleasure to welcome you on my stop on the blog tour for The Christmas Holiday, the entertaining and heartwarming new novel by Sophie Claire. A huge thank you to Myrto and Hodder & Stoughton for inviting me to join the blog tour and for providing me with a proof copy of this fabulous story.
October has just begun and my list of Christmas novels to read is already very long. Thanks to the new novel by Sophie Claire, my Christmas spirit is already trying to come out thinking about decorating trees and presents. How couldn’t I get excited about Christmas while reading this novel? There are snow, Christmas markets, and a beautiful villa in Provence where the two protagonists of the novel sit in front of the cracking fire while sipping excellent wine.
Evie Miller and Jake Hartwood’s first meeting doesn’t go very well: his dog makes her fall down from a ladder, she ruins his wall. Also, they are very different: Evie is chatty and super-positive, while Jake is moody and drunk. And yet, they have more in common than they thought and, thanks to an overprotective and worried sister, an ex-fiancé who doesn’t take no for an answer, and parents who don’t appreciate the daughter they have, Evie and Jake decide to escape together to Provence for the Christmas holiday.
I loved everything about this novel. I adored Evie and Jake, they are relatable and authentic and I enjoyed that the story is told from both their points of views. However, my favourite character is Smoke, Jake’s adorable Dalmatian, who, for some reason, is wary of strangers but hits it off with Evie right away. The atmosphere is beautiful, Christmassy and very evocative. The plot is engaging, emotional, and very captivating… I couldn’t stop reading!
Featuring the themes of love, grief, loss, and new beginnings, The Christmas Holiday is a romantic, uplifting, and festive read that will get you ready for the Christmas season!