As a massive fan of Zara Stoneley, it gives me great pleasure in welcoming her back to TWG as part of the blog tour for ‘No One Cancels Christmas’. Many thanks to RaRaResources for the blog tour invite, and thank you to HarperImpulse for the ARC. Here is my review:
It’s the most magical time of the year, and for travel agent Sarah it’s also the busiest! But this year one man threatens to ruin Christmas for Sarah’s customers – Mr Grinch, Will Armstrong.
The Shooting Star Mountain resort is a magical place, and Sarah has fond memories of Christmas here as a little girl – visits to Father Christmas, husky rides in the snow and hot chocolate by a roaring fire. But as the resorts new owner, Will refuses to play snowball or to deck the halls with anything remotely resembling tinsel!
With customers complaining their Christmas is ruined, Sarah decides it’s up to her to convince Scroogey Will just how magical Christmas can be….
But getting Will into the Christmas spirit is hopeless – he is Bah Humbug personified! But as Sarah gets to know him better, she realises that underneath all the gloom is a man struggling with a pain of his own.
With the big day approaching, Sarah realises that the magic and sparkle can wait. This year, she’s going to spend Christmas day with someone special her very own Mr Scrooge…
What does TWG think?
Oh I do love a Zara Stoneley novel!! I love how I can always count on this author to transport me into a storyline which not only makes me unattractively snort at high decibels, but also makes me look at things in a complete different (let’s not forget ‘logical’) manner.
I have noticed that the last couple of Zara Stoneley’s novels have had more of a relaxed feel to them, and I just love how that has made the author bring her trademark humour to the surface in a way which would make readers go; ‘omg she didn’t just say that’, in regards to her characters. Take a look at Sarah in ‘No One Cancels Christmas’ and her award winning customer service for example – that character highlights what you shouldn’t really call someone you have never met before, in the most realistic way ever. Seriously. How many of us have sat at our desks or stood behind counters and have been faced with a customer or client who raises our blood pressure? And how many of us have thought one thing but said the other due to the fact they had had a utility bill through the mail, or the kid had just purchased something on the iPad because £250 was a bargain, all because we couldn’t lose our jobs? Yeah, well, Sarah says those things you shouldn’t really say, and she owns it like the colourful peacock she is!
Given the underlying nature of the book in terms of Sarah’s family history as well as her new friend’s situation, there were times where I thought that the humour wasn’t taking those situations seriously. However, humour is how Sarah deals with her emotions and once I realised that, the entire storyline took on a whole new meaning. I guess you could say that I was finding it all a bit emotional…
Wait. Understatement of the century. Sigh, okay I cried, and no I am not ashamed. I found that watching Sarah’s barriers come down, was such an emotionally rewarding experience as I got to see a side of her I had never seen before.
There is a lot more to ‘No One Cancels Christmas’ than Sarah’s pitiful picnic skills, but trust me when I say that this storyline is like a treasure trove. A never ending one at that. Honestly, every time I turned the page I felt as though I was being given a gift! It certainly takes a special kind of author who is able to pull that off and Zara Stoneley did with ease and grace.
Once again Zara Stoneley has shown me that there is more to people that meets the eyes, and finding out how someone ticks is all part of the journey, regardless of how long it takes.
‘No One Cancels Christmas’ is one of the best festive reads I have read so far this year (I’ve read a few!), with its Christmas spirit, family rifts and enough food to warrant putting Slimming World on speed dial. A beautiful, laugh out loud novel which ticked every single box of candy canes and more – I absolutely loved it. A fantastic, festive treat that is guaranteed to keep your fairy lights on this Christmas!
About the author.
Born in a small village in Staffordshire, I wanted to be a female James Herriot, a spy, or an author when I grew up. After many years, and many different jobs, my dream of writing a bestseller came true.
I write about friendship, dreams, love, and happy ever afters, and hope that my tales make you cry a little, laugh a lot, and occasionally say ‘ahhh‘.
I now live in a Cheshire village with my family, a lively cockapoo called Harry, and a very bossy (and slightly evil) cat called Saffron.
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