Let it Snow
By Sue Moorcroft
Rated: 5 stars *****
It is with great pleasure and delight and excitement that I am on this blog tour for what is an excellent Christmas book, which is written so beautifully that I got so involved and immersed in.
It is with great thanks to Sabah Khan from Avon Books for sending me this heart-warming book for me to review and for allowing me to be part of this blog tour. All communication with Sabah Khan and Sue Moorcroft is always a pleasure.
About the Author
Award winning author Sue Moorcroft writes contemporary women’s fiction with occasionally unexpected themes. The Wedding Proposal, Dream a Little Dream and Is This Love? were all nominated for Readers’ Best Romantic Read Awards. Love & Freedom won the Best Romantic Read Award 2011 and Dream a Little Dream was nominated for a RoNA in 2013. Sue’s a Katie Fforde Bursary Award winner, a past vice chair of the RNA and editor of its two anthologies.
The Christmas Promise was a Kindle No.1 Best Seller and held the No.1 slot at Christmas!
Sue also writes short stories, serials, articles, writing ‘how to’ and is a creative writing tutor.
This Christmas, the villagers of Middledip are off on a very Swiss adventure…
Family means everything to Lily Cortez and her sister Zinnia, and growing up in their non-conventional family unit, they and their two mums couldn’t have been closer.
So it’s a bolt out of the blue when Lily finds her father wasn’t the anonymous one-night stand she’d always believed – and is in fact the result of her mum’s reckless affair with a married man.
Confused, but determined to discover her true roots, Lily sets out to find the family she’s never known; an adventure that takes her from the frosted, thatched cottages of Middledip to the snow-capped mountains of Switzerland, via a memorable romantic encounter along the way…
Readers are brought back to Middledip and also go on a vivid journey to Switzerland in this vividly written book that will feed your imagination and get you ready for Christmas.
I love being wrapped up cosily with Sue Moorcroft’s Christmas books. They are just divine and they aren’t ever oozing with sickly sweetness. She has managed again to get the balance right between the festive season, romance and life in general, with such believable characters.
Sue Moorcroft writes so well about the complexities of life, relationships, identity and families and she has managed to again in Let it Snow.
Lily Cortez, daughter of Roma Martindale are the main characters in this book, along with Patricia (Patsie) Jones and there’s Isaac too. The story all begins with something to do with Roma’s past. The story then skips to 2 years later, where readers can meet Zinnia working in The Three Fishes – a bar with Lily, that is being decorated for Christmas. The scene is set nicely to really get into these characters lives.
It was lovely to read about the progression of the relationship between Lily and Issac. It was also nice to see the relationships of others too and not just heterosexuals but also same sex too. What was particulary great, was that all the characters really fit well within the story. No character was there for tokenism, they all had their own voices and their stories all added to the bigger story.
Lily has a strong need to find out about the rest of her family and this makes for interesting reading and is handled sensitively. There are huge topics covered in the book but it is done in such an impressive way, that it still feels like a nice light read, but with substance.
There’s the cosy feelings of Christmas as well as the cold air and the atmosphere of Christmas markets, described beautifully, that started making me wish it was December already. I love that the book is so compelling to read and so immersive in its surroundings, like a book in full visual form in the mind’s eye.
The ending is just so beautiful and sweet in this incredibly well-written, well paced book.
Rated all the stars – I can highly recommend this to add onto everyone’s Christmas reading list or to add onto a Christmas wish list. It is worth every bit of being on the Sunday Times Bestseller List. It’s a book that I reckon I will be picking up and reading in future Christmas times too.