Published by Harper Collins UK on December 1, 2016
For Ava Bliss, it´s going to be a Christmas to remember ... On a snowy December evening, Sam Jermyn steps into the life of bespoke hat maker Ava. Sparks fly, and not necessarily the good ones. Times are tough for Ava – she´s struggling to make ends meet, her ex-boyfriend is a bully, and worst of all, it´s nearly Christmas. So when Sam commissions Ava to make a hat for someone special, she makes a promise that will change her life. She just doesn´t know it yet.
No doubt, this was a nice read and at some point a bit touching.
But I have to admit, that there were some things in this novel, I had my problems with to connect them with a wintry or Christmassy novel.
Ava is disappointed. Her hats haven´t sold out at the market as she had hoped and now she is on her way to a Christmas party. She of all people who has nothing but bad feelings for this time of year will give her best friend company at a party she knows nobody. But when she meets with Sam, and he asks her to create a hat for his sick mother, everything changes. Not only her business life but her private life changes as well. Her ex-boyfriend turns out to be a bully and she has to learn that someone else wishes her bad things.
This novel is brought to the reader through the personal perspective of Ava and Sam. Both show what they think of things and how they feel about certain things. But if you are looking for some very romantic stuff you are wrong.
For my taste, the stalking ex-boyfriend and the cancer of Sam´s mother were a bit too dark for such a novel. Sure, I get it, that the author obviously needed something to give Sam a reason to act the way he does, but that could have been shown in a bit different, lighter way.
The language the author uses is clear, sometimes very blunt and mostly with a certain kind of sensitiveness. And sometimes a bit dry.
A bully, a very jealous friend, a very sick mother and some famous people give this novel a taste of how the world can be when money doesn´t play a big role because you´ve got enough of it.
Ava is a charming young woman, who grew up with parents who don’t give a damn if it is Christmas or not. They just don´t see a point in celebrating it or to give their daughter a special time. And with the fact in mind that her beloved grandmother died on Christmas, she is done with those emotional days. She rather works during the holidays and earns herself some money. As a strong and independent woman she feels good about it and as long as her friends are with her, why not?
A nice to read novel, yes, but I didn´t get the wow factor. Don´t get me wrong, I hadn´t a bad time reading it. But I wasn´t thrilled either. There are other winter novels with Christmas in it that got me more.
*I read the German edition new release October 27, 2016, by Fischer TB