Wednesday 16 December 2015

Guest review: Christmas For One by Amanda Prowse

This year, she can make it come true for her own little boy. There will be turkey and all the trimmings, a glittering tree, and a stocking hung up by a roaring fire. Who cares if there's no devoted husband in the picture? She and Lucas will be just fine on their own.
But then a chance meeting with a stranger in New York unravels everything she's planned. Will Meg finally get everything she wished for? Or will she be alone this Christmas after all?

Review: I love a Christmas story, so the title of this audiobook caught my attention right away. I hadn't read anything by Amanda Prowse before, but I thought I would give it a try. So glad I did, because this was a lovely story, really well written and with lots of depth. 

The main character is Megan, a single mother with a loveable, if precocious, four-year-old son, Lucas. She herself has had a sad upbringing, but is now in a job that she loves and is surrounded by friends who have absorbed her into their family. Her job involves working with a family-run bakery, so not a story to be read when you're hungry. Worse still, she ends up visiting New York and doing all the touristy things there, which made me ache to go and visit again. New York also is home to red-haired Ed, a delicious-sounding guy who she meets in the course of her work, but she begins to wonder if he is as good as he seems. 

I really enjoyed every minute of this story. It is definitely one that would be good to read whilst curled up by the fire on a cold winter's day in the run-up to Christmas. It's not one of those stories where you can predict the outcome from the beginning. There is plenty of drama there that has you on the edge of the seat wondering how it is all going to pan out and really feeling for what Meg is going through. If you haven't already got a huge pile of Christmas reads, go and pick it up. 

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