Belinda ‘Lindy’ Jamison has moved to the Cotswolds for a fresh start and to open a dancing school—her lifelong dream. Pushing forty and still looking for Mr. Right, Lindy is determined to no longer wait for happiness but to reach for it with both hands. So she packs up her life and heads south to Wychwood-on-Lea to start up her school.
Soon Lindy has a motley crew of would-be dancers. But her most intriguing pupil is Roger Wentworth, a forty-something bachelor with a shy and awkward manner, but a heart of blazing gold. When Lindy decides to showcase her pupils in a Christmas show, Roger is deeply reluctant but finally agrees. Lindy longs to bring Roger out of his shell—but she didn’t expect to fall in love with him in the process.
Soon it is Roger teaching her how two lonely hearts might be able to embrace a second chance this Christmas…if they can just believe they’re both worthy of love.
Connection to the Willoughby Close series which included – A Cotswold Christmas – Meet Me At Willoughby Close – Find Me at Willoughby Close – Kiss Me at Willoughby Close – Marry Me at Willoughby Close
Title: Christmas at Willoughby Close
Series: Return to Willoughby Close #3
Author: Kate Hewitt
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: November 16, 2020
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4 stars
Christmas at Willoughby Close brings us a charming Christmas story with a couple in their 40s, each convinced that love isn’t in the cards for them, and each surprised when together they discover that love comes when it’s right… and now, and each other is that time. Although Roger and Lindy’s romance is the third title in the Return to Willoughby Close series it’s not absolutely necessary to have read the previous stories. I would gently suggest that if you haven’t read them that you give them a try for they are all enjoyable, realistic love stories that will warm your heart and give a chuckle or tear along the way.
Lindy has moved to this small village to open a ballroom dance studio, it’s a dream and one that she’s at the point in life to actually give it all she has to give. Roger is an accountant, a quiet, shy man who is willing to attend ballroom dance lessons with his mother as she faces cancer. He’d do anything to bring a smile to her face, including making a fool of himself on the dance floor. Neither Lindy nor Roger expected to find romance while on the dance floor, but slowly, surely those emotions surfaced and showed them each something… they are worth all the happiness and love possible if only they take that risk.
I enjoyed Christmas at Willoughby Close. Roger and Lindy make a unique couple, one that I completely enjoyed getting to know and watch their journey into love and life together. As always this village shines as a character all its own, and we’ll meet up with a few old friends as well. If you enjoy a good romance with likable characters, a charming setting, and a couple who is no longer in the first bloom of youth – then you’ll want to pick this one up soon.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher, Tule Publishing. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
Available in paperback, audio, or your favorite e-reader, mine is the Kindle.