Christmas finds even the lost – often before they dream it’s possible they can be found.
Title: A Yorkshire Christmas
Series: Christmas Around the World
Author: Kate Hewitt
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: October 28, 2014
Wealthy New York City girl Claire Lindell isn’t looking for a Christmas miracle or happiness when she abruptly decides to hole up for the holiday at her godmother’s cottage in a little Yorkshire village, and lick her wounds from a near disastrous romantic decision.
After her car skids into a snow bank, Claire may have accidentally found her perfect Christmas and the family and love she’s craved when she offers Noah Bradford of Ayesgill Farm help to push the back end of one of his sheep out of the icy mud, even if she’s going to ruin a brand new pair of Prada boots during the rescue.
What’s a little leather when love’s on the line?
*I received an e-ARC of A Yorkshire Christmas from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange
for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*
Read on for my thoughts on A Yorkshire Christmas. No true spoilers, promise.
Christmas is usually one of the hardest holidays to spend alone. But Claire wants to be alone. She almost made a huge, life-altering mistake and all she wants for Christmas is to hide.
Thankfully we don’t always get what we think we want.
Running from the past might have worked better for Claire if she hadn’t run into snow. She had made it across the Atlantic without a hitch. Now so close to her godmother’s vacation cottage, she’s stuck in a snowbank. It could have been worse, but it was still a few miles to walk in the snow before she could rest. She never imagined that just down the road waited her own personal Christmas wish.
Sheep are basically stupid. It’s true. Never as fluffy, and cute as in children’s books. No these creatures were just dumb, smelly, dirty and stubborn. Which is why Noah is trying to get a stuck, stubborn sheep moving when Claire first sees him. Near the edge of an icy creek a sheep was stuck, and even though she was not dressed for a water rescue, had no idea if the man who moments ago was cursing at the stupid sheep was even sane –Claire hears herself offer to help.
Romance has begun with much less. And this couple is about to find out that when we most want to be left alone – is right when luck can take a huge turn in our direction.
A novella leaves very little time to allow the reader to really care about the people. By it’s nature this type of story is short, sweet, intense and done… usually. I cared about Claire, Noah and his daughter Molly a lot. Their story is as much a family love story as it is Claire and Noah’s. Three people that have been wounded by circumstances have a chance to find their way to each other. All they have to do is trust just a little bit, trust that happy is meant for them. Although I am not a fan of “insta-love”, I will always buy attraction with sparks. These two adults had that in spades, bring in an eight year old who has no idea how much she is loved and you have a love story to last a lifetime.
This was a perfect Christmas read. One that I would gladly return to again – just for the “feel so good” that this one brings with it.