As the snowflakes fall, new love blossoms…
When teacher Florence Ashton receives a surprise inheritance, she decides to make the life-changing decision to up sticks to the charming town of Willowbury in Somerset. With a new house and a new job, she’s too busy putting down roots to think about love.
Air Ambulance pilot Sam Ellis is definitely not looking for romance either, especially not on his doorstep. When Florence, his new neighbour, complains about his noisy housemate, he feels more cross than star-crossed.
But as the nights draw in and both find themselves thrown together in Willowbury’s seasonal drama production, will they overcome their differences and allow a little bit of winter magic to fall along with the snow? And what secrets will be revealed by the box of memories Florence finds in the attic at Bay Tree Terrace?
Let Fay Keenan transport you to the perfect country winter wonderland, with roaring fires, spectacular scenery, and unforgettable characters. Perfect for all fans of Cathy Bramley, Fern Britton and Katie Fforde.
Sam and Florence don’t get off to the best of starts, his brother keeps her up all night playing guitar through an amp. When she goes to complain the next morning she meets Sam, the local air ambulance pilot. English teacher Florence is dragged in to help in a local production of a Christmas version of Much Ado About Nothing by one of her colleagues. She is reluctantly cast as Beatrice and Sam is even more reluctantly cast as Benedicks understudy but forces bring them together
I liked Florence as a character, she knows what she wants but is also new to the area and it’s taking some time to adjust. She quickly forms friendships and settles in to local life. She does however unconsciously keep part of her teachers voice and persona on even when not at work which can make things interesting. She likes Sam and his brother Aidan from early on and seeing her relationships develop with them makes her feel much more human
I loved Sam, he was nervous about Florence, he really likes her but finds it hard to share his feelings as he was in the Navy and his job as an air ambulance pilot means that he has kept his feelings bottled up for years and now caring for his brother he is determined to show a strong facade. Sam adores Florence and seeing him develop as a character was really good and pulled the story together properly
This book looks at the magic of Christmas and how a nightmare may actually be the best thing that has happened to you
I liked how this book also focused on the air ambulance. In the UK, as far as I’m aware, all air ambulances are funded by donations not the government but the crew and staff will be there when you need them the most, when your life could be in severe danger so please do consider supporting your local air ambulance if you can, whether that be by donations, attending open days, fundraising or even just spreading the word that they aren’t government funded then I’m sure they would appreciate it
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a story with a brilliant cast of characters and a hero and heroine who will warm your heart
AM 🐾 x
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Fay Keenan is the author of the bestselling Little Somerby series of novels. She has led writing workshops with Bristol University and has been a visiting speaker in schools. She is a full-time teacher and lives in Somerset.
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