Thanks to HQ publishing and Netgalley for a copy of this book in return for an honest review.
Georgia (George) Bailey, named after the character from It’s a Wonderful Life, manages the local charity shop – One Light. Whilst working late one night, she receives an accidental phone call from a familiar sounding voice which was meant for their suicide help line, not the shop. Despite the possible repercussions, he cannot bring herself to hang up or redirect the caller until she knows they are safe.
The next day she goes about her daily business and comes to the realisation that the voice belonged to the man she is in love with, !
Weaving a web of little white lies to avoid being found out, George secretly sets about restoring Leo’s hope and happiness and business in the hope of giving him a truly ‘Wonderful Life‘.
I absolutely love thrillers and romance novels. Thrillers are compulsive page turners that leave you hanging on the edge of your seat for more, desperate to finish so you can get the closure.
Romance novels are different! I love to get lost inside them and never want to leave and that is exactly what happened when I read this book.
I was transported to a declining high street (not too dissimilar to where I live) and became so wrapped up in the goings-on in the book that I just melted into it. As just a romance novel this book has everything you could ask for; lovable main characters, a comedic and supportive ensemble and a wonderful Christmas backdrop. Not to mention the sad/happy ending all good romances need.
But this is so much more than a romance novel. It’s a story of community coming together, saving the high street and bringing back childhood memories. It delves into issues such as suicide, depression, grief and the true power of friendship.
This book is a beautifully told, Christmassy romance and I dare you not to get lost in it as I did.