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When charming, mysterious, Nik sits next to Jess on a plane home from a Christmas toy trade fair, she never could have imagined the impact he’d have on her life. As they touch down in London, Jess is hesitant to let Nik walk away, and before she knows it, she’s invited him to visit.
As the two take in the delights of the toy store where she works, Jess gets an upsetting phone call. Willow Court, her Grandmother’s care home, is to close before Christmas. With the help of Nik, and her best friend Oliver, Jess is determined to find the perfect new home for her Gran – and throw the best Christmas party Willow Court has ever seen! But time is running out and Oliver isn’t the only one who has suspicions about charismatic Nik’s intentions.
Will a chance encounter on an aeroplane bring love to Jess’s life or is this Christmas miracle too good to be true?
I was so excited for the new festive Samantha Tonge novel and it was well worth the wait.
From page one I became totally lost in Jess’s story and I’m currently filling out applications forms for a job in a toy shop.
Jess is such a sweet and kind-hearted character and I desperately wanted her to find a happy ending. I thought both Nik and Oliver were worthy love interests, different in character but both treat Jess with such adoration and care. The romance aspect was tense throughout as there was gentle chemistry between Jess and Nik and Jess and Oliver and I couldn’t stop reading because I needed to know which direction it would go.
Setting a festive romance in a toy shop with a festive name is a stroke of genius. It gave the whole plot a really cosy feel and further enhanced how adorable Jess was. I’d love to work in a shop like this – where the staff truly care about the customers and I had great fun imagining the store layout in my head and what I would sell.
I loved the sub-plot around Gran’s Christmas party in the home. Gran’s friends added amusement but also some food for thought around issues facing home closures and the elderly.
This novel is a heart-warming, comfort read that will keep you reading from beginning to end. It feels like a giant hug whilst reading and will put a smile on the grumpiest of faces. Highly recommended.
Author Bio – Samantha Tonge
Samantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK with her husband and children. She studied German and French at university and has worked abroad, including a stint at Disneyland Paris. She has travelled widely. When not writing she passes her days cycling, baking and drinking coffee. Samantha has sold many dozens of short stories to women’s magazines. She is represented by the Darley Anderson literary agency. In 2013, she landed a publishing deal for romantic comedy fiction with HQDigital at HarperCollins and in 2014, her bestselling debut, Doubting Abbey, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction best Ebook award. In 2015 her summer novel, Game of Scones, hit #5 in the UK Kindle chart and won the Love Stories Awards Best Romantic Ebook category. In 2018 Forgive Me Not, heralded a new direction into darker women’s fiction with publisher Canelo. In 2019 she was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association romantic comedy award.