Cohen Ford is a man who could do with a little bit of sweetening up. It’s no surprise that when he walks into The Great Greenwich Ice Creamery on a typically gloomy London day before Christmas, he insists on a black coffee rather than his childhood favorite – strawberry ice cream.
But then he meets River de Luca, the woman behind the flavors. After their first encounter, Cohen begins visiting the ice creamery every Tuesday, gradually learning more about the intriguing River.
Could her influence encourage cynical Cohen to become the man who embraces Christmas, Hanukkah and even strawberry ice cream?
Title: Hanukkah at the Great Greenwich Ice Creamery
Author: Sharon Ibbotson
Published: December 4, 2019
Publisher: Choc Lit
My Rating: 4.5 stars
Who says it has to be wintertime to enjoy a fun, sweet holiday treat? Hanukkah at the Great Greenwich Ice Creamery is a sweet, funny, and touching romantic adventure for one very stoic man and one intriguing woman… proving that our differences don’t have to keep us apart but can, in fact, draw us closer to each other, especially when they fit so well together.
Take one disillusioned, bitter American, plop him down in London where his scrooge-like personality seems to fit and have him meet, quite by chance, one deaf woman who is an amazing creator of ice cream flavors with a sparkling personality. Toss in a disapproving mother, an ice cream shop, and a man who is learning who he could be by simply “growing up” through his attraction and interactions with River – and you have one very sweet, emotional romance that is just right any time of the year.
Hanukkah at the Great Greenwich Ice Creamery is told through Cohen’s point of view which I found rather fascinating as both the hero and the reader (me) were challenged by this unique relationship. I adored River, but to be frank, it was Cohen’s growth, his emerging from his bitterness into a man quite worthy of being loved that captured my attention in this story.
River and Cohen’s journey to finding love was just the right read I needed right now. I had fun with their romance and would not hesitate to recommend it to any reader who loves a good, solid romance with interesting characters.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher, Choc Lit/Ruby Fiction. 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.*
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