Holly’s First Noel by Faye Robertson
Music teacher Holly Jones is in a festive predicament. Her boyfriend just dumped her the week before Christmas, so why is she only depressed he made off with the mince pies? When the charming science teacher next door overhears the dreaded call and suggests she accompany him on his Scottish holiday retreat, she accepts, eager to spend a quiet week rediscovering herself.
Noel Coward’s wife died on Christmas Eve three years ago. To bury the memories of that day, he spends the holidays getting drunk and watching action movies—which makes him perfect company for a fellow teacher in need of solitude. Except, instead of wallowing in his grief, Noel finds himself comforted by Holly’s presence, fascinated by her mind, and after one innocent kiss, on fire for her touch. As the snow piles up outside, the temperature inside soars, while together, they discover the human heart’s amazing capacity to heal…and love.
All I Want for Christmas by Ros Clarke
Last night, Anna Gardner was the life of the office Christmas party—right up until she threw herself at gorgeous advertising executive playboy, Hugh Munro. Again. Last year, Hugh let her pretend their passionate kiss never happened, but this year he’s determined to make Anna admit she wants him as much as he wants her.
Except, Hugh doesn’t know the office party is the only night of the year his friend lets her hair down. That every hour she’s away from the office is spent caring for her sickly mother. That her mother’s condition, early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, is hereditary.
When Hugh finds out what she’s been hiding, he’s forced to do some serious soul-searching. It’s not fair to Anna or her mother for him to get involved casually, but casual relationships are all he knows. Can he prove to himself—and to Anna—that she’s all he wants for Christmas?
Review: I did not know the authors presented in this book, Christmas stories attract me more and more during this holiday period. So when the opportunity arose, I did not hesitate to start the volume to discover these two different stories.
« All I Want For Christmas » by Ros Clarke
I admit that I started the story without reading the summary, and I think I recommend it, given the few pages that we have here for this novella. But even if we can read it quite quickly, I found that the Ros Clarke’s writing was very nice to read and I really enjoyed meeting Anna and Hugh. These two people really appreciate each other, but for some reasons that we do not know, Anna continues endlessly to push this attractive man away. Yet when after a night of Christmas with too much alcohol, they kiss, it seems that she could not flee away from him anymore and whatever she does he always comes back to her. Hugh does not understand her refusal as he sees that she is also perfectly attracted to him as he is by her. He will therefore make every effort to understand what is happening.
I thought the story was really cute and I liked Hugh, we can also only admire the courage of Anna. The two characters are very sweet even if by cons I think things are moving a little too fast for their relationship at the end of the story. I was however pleased by such an outcome, and even though we know they still have a large number of things to live, we can only hope that everything goes well for them. A nice little light story.
« Holly ‘s First Noel » by Faye Robertson
And another author I did not know about and another story that I enjoyed to discover. Holly is a young woman who gets dumped by her boyfriend a few days before Christmas. This is a real surprise for her, especially at this time of the year. And even though she knows that there is nothing between them anymore, the damage is still there. But when a seductive and gruff colleague asks her to go to Scotland with him not to be alone at Christmas, she happily accepts. But she is not the only one who seeks to get away from her life and Noel likes to be alone each year in this cottage to forget the death of his wife three years ago. Yet while each is trying to leave space to the other, knowing that this is not the ideal time for a new relationship, something will the link them to create something really touching.
We discover the story of each character over the time they spend together. They open to the other and they discover a little more about their pasts like that. I think it was a very cute story and it’s a nice Christmas novel that depicts two people looking for something new and discover it with someone else.
A perfect read for this holiday season.