Hey Guys, thanks for stopping by for Maxine Morrey’s weekend blitz for The Christmas Holiday courtesy of Neverland Blog Tours, you can catch my review below and the blitz schedule aswell so you know who the other blogs are hosting content and reviews this weekend. There is also a fab giveaway that you won’t want to miss at the end of the post.
Fall in love this winter on a romantic trip around the world ending in a fairy-tale winter wedding!
As winter comes to London, journalist Mia Walker is desperately hoping for her big break as a travel writer, dreaming of exotic locations and sun-soaked beaches. When she’s invited to write a romantic travel piece that ends in a huge winter wedding in Scotland, she jumps at the chance. The only trouble is, the photographer is renowned adventure-junkie Hunter Scott, who Mia last saw five years ago when she ended their engagement.
It’s the opportunity of a lifetime, and Mia knows she’d be mad to say no – even if it does mean spending weeks traveling round the world with the one man she never wanted to see again! But as the wedding approaches, and the magic of Christmas begins to take hold, Mia can’t help looking out for mistletoe – and wishing she hadn’t cancelled her own engagement after all…
It’s fairly well known I’m not a huge fan of Christmas books, well Christmas in general, but I loved the sound of this one and decided to dive in. Mia is a journalist who is stuck on the weddings section but dreams of covering travel. When she’s offered the opportunity to cover a pre-wedding holiday for her editors daughter and her fiance she jumps at the chance. Unfortunately, joining them on the trip is photographer Hunter, who happens to be Mia’s ex-fiance.
Not only does this book take us on a luxurious trip around the world but we get to see Mia and Hunter navigate their awkward relationship. And awkward it is, every time they start to get on, one of them pulls away and the cold shoulder comes out in full force. The one thing neither of them seems willing to do is back down and discuss what actually happened between them.
It is also quite clear that whatever happened between them all those years ago had a profound and long lasting effect on them both but their stubbornness and inability to talk means their one chance to possibly fix things will probably slip them by.
This book made me laugh and cry. I absolutely loved Hunter, he was one of those characters who tried to cover his obviously very kind and sensitive personality with a rough and gruff exterior. Mia is such a funny character, she’s very much out of her depth with the job and especially Hunter being there but just keeps pushing and fighting to prove herself probably more to him than anybody else.
I highly recommend this one, this is less about Christmas and the time of year than about the people and the travelling so didn’t bog me down in the festive season (whoop)!
Sending a huge thanks to Maxine Morrey, HQ Digital, and Neverland Blog Tours for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this book.
About Maxine Morrey
Maxine has wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember and wrote her first (very short) book for school when she was ten. Coming in first, she won a handful of book tokens – perfect for a bookworm!
As years went by, she continued to write, but ‘normal’ work often got in the way. She has written articles on a variety of subjects, aswell as a book on Brighton for a Local History publisher. However, novels are what she loves writing the most. After self publishing her first novel when a contract fell through, thanks to the recession, she continued to look for opportunities.
In August 2015, she won Harper Collins/Carina UK’s ‘Write Christmas’ competition with her romantic comedy, ‘Winter’s Fairytale’.
Maxine lives on the south coast of England, and when not wrangling with words, can be found tackling her To Be Read pile, sewing, listening to podcasts, and walking.
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Title: The Christmas Holiday
Author: Maxine Morrey
Genre: Chick-Lit | Women’s Fiction | Christmas
Publisher: HQ Digital
Publication Date: 22 September 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Buy: Amazon UK