Huge thanks to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and ARC. I am delighted to be closing the tour for Karen Clarke today.
Nina Bailey loves Christmas. Except this year she doesn’t. Because it turns out that her husband-to-be has been cheating on her – and her beautiful wedding ceremony in the snow is cancelled.
She’s not really in the mood to be jolly, sing carols, or go anywhere near gingerbread men – in fact, what Nina wants is to avoid the whole thing. So she’s come to stay at her Aunt Dolly’s cosy café to nurse her broken heart.
Nina is determined to get through Christmas with no tinsel, no fuss – and definitely no flirting. So when she arrives and meets infuriatingly handsome Ryan Sadler, with his gorgeous forest-green eyes, she is not best pleased. And when Nina overhears him making fun of her, she is furious. (There might have been an incident with a koala onesie and a spilled bottle of milk, but that really wasn’t her fault!) So despite the spark between them, and the fact that he can whip up a fabulous dinner faster than she can say Michelin star, romance and Christmas are off the menu this year.
Unfortunately, Aunt Dolly hasn’t quite got the message, going to great lengths to provide a proper British Christmas for her beloved niece: a true home away from home. With sparkling lights adorning every wall and a tree to equal the Rockefeller Center’s and, yes, mistletoe above every doorway, can Nina resist the magic of Christmas – and stick to her no-romance rule?
What does TWG think?
I wasn’t mentally prepared for this series to end BEFORE I had even begun reading the final installment, and now, having demolished the read in a matter of hours, I am utterly devastated that the series is now finished!! I have read many of Karen Clarke’s novels, and I can honestly say that this is, by far, the best series she has ever written.
‘I’ll Be Home For Christmas’ sees the return of Dolly, Charlie, and all of the memorable gang in France. This time however, Dolly’s niece, Nina, has decided to take a breather from the recent heartbreak at home. She wants to try and steer clear from the festivities this year, but her Aunt Dolly has other ideas.
Nina’s French escape didn’t exactly start the way she was wanting it to, especially after finding out that her home away from home has ended up being an escape for Charlie’s friend, Ryan; a man who has more drama following him than the Kardashians!
The chemistry between Nina and Ryan was instant, and the banter they shared had me in hysterics multiple times. I loved the ‘he said/she said what??’ moments more than anything.
It was wonderful to be able to catch up with Aunt Dolly again, but as I said before, I am gutted that it also happened to be the final book in the series.
I LOVED ‘I’ll be Home for Christmas’, and I wish I had enough words to explain just how much I fell in love with the story and the characters. Everthing about the story just worked; from the heartbreak to the emotional moments, to the touching and hilarious ones. Honestly, this book had everything for me and I would quite happily read it again in an instant.
The perfect festive treat that’s full of warmth, humour, romance, and a big sprinkle of christmas spirit. What more could you want?