Countdown to Christmas with your new must-have author, as you step into the wonderful world of bespoke hat-maker Ava Bliss…
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…
What does TWG think?
Absolutely thrilled to be today’s stop on Sue Moorcroft’s blog tour for #MyPromise!!
‘The Christmas Promise’ is definitely a book that shouldn’t be judged by its cover this Christmas. Whilst the cover is very beautiful, the storyline has incredible depth to it and it managed to change my original perception of the book as a whole. Why? Because I did what I’ve just said that shouldn’t be done; I judged the book by its cover. I thought it was going to be a twinkly, dancing in the snow type of read. But, even though it has the Christmas magic element perfected, Sue’s story tells a shockingly honest tale.
Ava’s working life hasn’t been going to plan if her dreams are anything to go by. Unfortunately she finds herself in the position of worrying about money and ensuring she can keep a roof over her head. That in itself is enough to stress anyone out. Ava’s bad luck doesn’t stop there though. Her ex-boyfriend thinks he is being big and clever, when in reality, he’s being a bully. An evil, repulsive bully that could cost Ava everything that she has worked hard for, and more. The bully’s actions are the basis of the shockingly honest tale. One that even made me stop and think, as well as being outraged at his actions, obviously.
I am sure that the tale will make a lot of people stop and think. Hats off to Sue for writing about a very important topic in a truly honest, yet sensitive way. Speaking of hats, oh my gosh!!! Finding out about how hats are made, was absolutely incredible! The way that Ava managed to create a ‘basic’ hat so simply blew my mind, and I wasn’t even there. Until now, hats had been off my radar and I thought of them to be just that, hats. However, after ‘watching’ Ava at work, I see hats in a completely different light. To be fair, it was all in Sue’s writing as the way she described all of the intricate details was outstanding. I hope that if I decide to get a hat made, that I can just take Sue’s description of one in the book with me and say ‘make that’!
For me, the storyline got better and better the more of it I read; characters became stronger and there was even more things popping up to keep me hooked. ‘The Christmas Promise’ is definitely a book that gets top marks for holding my attention, as just when I thought a situation was on the up, something else swooped in and made me think ‘where the hell did that come from?’. The whole book caught me by surprise on more than one occasion, even when I had, cough, something in my eye, cough.
I cannot fault ‘The Christmas Promise’ at all, even though it was a rollercoaster of emotion, it was a magnificent one. An enticing, shocking and loveable read that managed to keep my attention from chapter to chapter. A true Christmas work of art and hats off to Sue Moorcroft for writing her best book yet!
Thank you to the publishers for my copy of the book.