Monday, 16 October 2017

Joe and Clara’s Christmas Countdown – by Katey Lovell

Original Cover
My own copy

The blurb:

‘Warm and romantic, every page is sprinkled with Christmas magic’ Cressida McLaughlin, author of The Canal Boat Cafe
This Christmas she’ll give her heart to someone special…

As Christmas approaches Joe Smith knows he should be celebrating with friends and family, making the most of the season. But for Joe, Christmas only holds painful memories. Ones he can feel crushing his heart, a reminder of a time he can never forget.

Clara O'Connell loves Christmas. For her it is the most magical time of the year. And she's determined to make Joe love it too! She knows he's hurting, but maybe she can help to ease his pain. Her plan: One special gift every day to remind Joe just how loved he is.

But the clock is ticking. Will the Christmas magic wear off at midnight or will Clara's Christmas countdown be the perfect gift to heal Joe's broken heart? And in doing so, maybe she will get a gift in return…Joe's love for Christmas and forever…?

My Opinion:

*Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

I was intrigued by the sound of this book from the start, the title is great and the cover as well; they fit they story perfectly.

Clara O’Connell works at Manchester youth club together with her boss Deirdre. Clara loves Christmas and does everything to keep up the atmosphere. She is heartbroken, because her ex cheated on her and she is not interested in men at all at the moment.

Joe Smith, has gone through a lot in his past, losing the love of his life. It has changed him. Now, he is back home volunteering at the youth club. He doesn’t have positive memories connected to Christmas, so it’s a really hard time of the year for him.

Joe and Clara meet at the club. Together they do everything for funding it and keep it running. Clara realises fast that Joe hates Christmas and he sees how her past has affected her as well. The come up with little “dates” for him to show her that not all men are jerks and in return she tries to make him love Christmas again.

Like this they spend a lot of time together and open up to each other. They even share their deepest secretes with each other and it was great to see them grow closer and closer. It was like seeing their chemistry build up, in a very beautiful way. Connected to all these Christmassy happenings and other eventful moments, the storyline was strong and addictive.

Both characters grow in this book and it’s so nice to see. This countdown gives the story a wonderful flow and Katey Lovell’s writing is so passionate and sweet. I absolutely adored this festive read!


Katey Lovell on Twitter: @Katey5678

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