What Happens At Christmas
by T. A. Williams
When career-girl Holly Brice learns that her estranged father has died, she decides to take a trip down memory lane and find out about the man she never knew.
Arriving in the sleepy little Dartmoor village, she’s shocked to discover that she’s inherited the cosy little cottage she remembers so fondly, a whole load of money – and her father’s adorable dog, too!
And as the first snowflakes begin to fall and Holly bumps into her gorgeous neighbour, Jack Nelson, life gets even more complicated! Men have always been off the cards for high-flying Holly, but there’s something about mysterious writer Jack that has her re-thinking her three-date rule…
When Holly’s estranged father dies, she goes to stay in the cottage she has inherited to clear it out ready for selling. It is situated in a delightful village in Dartmoor and comes complete with a lovely black labrador.
Holly soon comes to realise that there was more to her father than she had been led to believe.
It is Holly’s journey to discovering her father and also discovering herself that is at the heart of this story. The hurt she has carried with her throughout her childhood to the present day has left her cold and emotionless when it comes to her own relationships. Can she find it in herself to forgive, move on and find love herself?
This is Holly’s story but she has a great supporting cast of characters. Her friend Julia, who keeps her smiling and is always there for her. The three men who become important in her life: Jack, the handsome neighbour; Justin, the sophisticated guy who has his own problems; Howard, the seventy year old man with an eye for the ladies.
But the best character by far, the one who totally steals the limelight, is Stirling the black labrador who Holly inherits from her father. He is a bouncing loveable dog who will do anything for a walk, but he is also attuned into Holly’s moods and comforts her when the going gets tough. She quickly comes to realise she can’t live without him. Stirling is a triumph!
The descriptions of the cottage and the snow-covered village are extremely inviting and make you wish you could spend Christmas there.
This is the first T. A. Williams book that I have read and my first Christmas book of the season and it doesn’t disappoint. It is a light and easy read but with a good story behind it. What’s not to like?
Many thanks to Netgalley for sending me a copy.
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