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About the Author
After reading English at the University of East Anglia, Jules Wake began a life in the glamorous, but deeply shallow world of PR, where she honed her fiction writing skills on press releases and other copy-writing projects. With her eldest having now taken flight to university she’s hoping to have even more time to devote to writing and to building on her four published novels thus far.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Amazing present for Christmas time. Christmas preparation is still a few weeks a way, but this book has made me excited for what's to come in the next weeks. Grace and Violas will have you falling in love. This story is absolutely a must for a fun Christmas time read...I know you will enjoy it.
This is a sweet Christmas romance with wonderful atmospherics- London during Yuletide! Viola and Nathan meet thanks to the community nativity play and his daughter Grace. Yes Nathan seems like a grouch but he's had a tough time raising Grace alone. She's a terrific kid. Viola, a musician, is bright and cheery and the last thing she was looking for was a love story but that's what happens. You might guess how this will end but don't worry about that and enjoy it because Wake does a nice job with the characters and all the ups and downs of life. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. Happy happy happy.
Heartstirring romance to warm up the holidays with love and compassion What a wonderful book! I knew from its earliest stages that I was invested in Viola's happiness and then, Grace came into the picture and won my heart. This is more than a romance between two adults. Viola's care and compassion for young Grace's motherless existence was, for me, the emotional core of the story. The connection with Grace's handsome father Nate was just icing on the cake. ❄ Apart from the threesome, Viola's family stood out early on as truly unreasonable and annoying, so demanding and unthinking. Her hectic drive to drop her father at the airport, her cousins' nonchalant dependence on her immediate acquiescence to their plans and her mother's bossy ways after her accident sealed the deal for me. I had to see the family dynamic change and Viola stand up for herself. Her identification with Grace as a child in need of parental encouragement and attention after her own childhood experience was poignant and so well done. Finally, the trappings of the season, from warm mugs of chocolate and mince pies, to playtime in the snow, nativity plays, Christmas tree selection and decoration, to watching Frozen for the nth time: it all gave the story a cozy, heartwarming, emotional feel that had me looking backward to the holidays of my youth and forward to my next Christmas with friends and family. Author Jules Wake has conjured up a deeply emotional novel, touched with the kindness of strangers and the deep need inside all of us for trust, acceptance and love. Little Grace's attachment to her charity shop boots was a moment I would not have missed! Thanks to publisher Harper Impulse and NetGalley for providing a complimentary advance copy of this superb book; this is my voluntary and honest review.