Carole Singer's Christmas - Emily Harvale
Source: Personal Copy
Should she choose love past, present or possibly, future?
Carole Singer hates her name, especially around Christmas when everyone seems to think it’s okay to make a joke about it. She can’t wait to marry her boyfriend Dominic and change her surname to ‘Smith’, and she’s sure he’ll pop the question any day now.
When her gran has a nasty fall, Carole has to return to the Sussex village of Jutsdown to care for her – and that’s sixty miles from London ... and Dominic. It also means coming face to face with Sebastian, the man who broke her heart ten years earlier.
As Carole juggles her career as an illustrator, caring for her meddlesome gran, and missing Dominic, she struggles with her rekindled feelings for Sebastian. Getting roped in to help with the Christmas musical, 'A Christmas Carol' at the Jutsdown village hall and discovering her gran has invested in a garden centre owned by the moody but gorgeous, Nick, doesn’t help. Carole’s Christmas now looks as if it’ll be anything but peaceful.
With the Christmas holidays looming and Dominic coming to stay, Carole is facing a dilemma. Should she choose her past boyfriend, Sebastian, her present boyfriend, Dominic or could there be any sort of a future with the dark and secretive Nick?
When Carole Singer (yes that is her real name unfortunately) is called to go look after her grandmother Mitsy in her cottage in Jutdown, Carole thinks it will be a quiet stay were she can get on with some work, unfortunately for her that's not the case, ex fiancé Sebastian is back in town and a new annoying face has her screaming in frustration.
So, unfortunately I couldn't really get into this book very well. I didn't connect with the heroine Carole and I struggled to imagine the scenarios in the plot believable. Saying that though just after half way through it picked up drastically and I started to get into the flow and spirit of it and enjoyed it immensely from that point on. Well, I still didn't get the connection with Carole, but I found lovely bonds with other characters including Nick, the guy who runs the garden centre and Grandma Mitsy's new friend. Carole's Bolshy and witty friend ?. And, of course Grandma Mitsy herself with her grandmotherly wiseness and warmth.
I recommend this book to you if you're interested in a fun, but complicated romance read.