Wednesday 20 October 2021

Guest Review: The Christmas Escape by Sarah Morgan

It was supposed to be Christy Sullivan’s perfect Christmas escape – a dream trip to Lapland with her family and best friend, Alix. But facing a make-or-break marriage crisis, Christy desperately needs time alone with her husband, Seb. Her solution? Alix, along with Seb’s oldest friend, Zac, can take Christy’s daughter on the planned Lapland trip, and they will all reunite there for Christmas Day. After all, what are friends for?

There’s nothing Alix won’t do for Christy, but Christy’s plan to save Christmas is testing their friendship. Especially as Alix and Zac have a difficult history of their own.

As long-held secrets unravel, and unexpected romance shines under the Northern Lights, can Christy and Alix find the courage to fight for the relationships they really want? And could this Christmas escape save the precious gift of each other’s friendship?

Review: I have really been looking forward to reading this year’s Christmas novel from Sarah Morgan. She always provides her readers with a really festive story at this time of year. As is so often the case, and promised by the enchanting cover, this book transports us to a snowy landscape and celebrates Christmas in another country, the action here taking place in Lapland. This is somewhere that I have never visited, but I’m sure that I will feel as if I have by the time the story ends, such is the power of Sarah Morgan’s writing.

The story revolves around Christy and Alix, who have been best friends since childhood. Christy has booked a luxurious Christmas trip to Lapland for them, along with husband Seb and daughter Holly. While there, Christy is going to meet up with her aunt, who she hasn’t seen since childhood. At the last minute, Christy and Seb must stay behind for a few days, and they ask Alix and Seb’s best friend Zac to take Holly to Lapland ahead of them. What Christy doesn’t know is that Alix and Zac have an awkward history, but they agree anyway. The holiday becomes a test of relationships as secrets are revealed and hearts opened - all in a wonderful, snowy landscape with the breathtaking northern lights playing above.

As expected, I absolutely loved this uplifting and heartwarming story, and can recommend it highly. There aren’t many characters in the book, but those few are well developed, interesting and likeable, with everyday problems that anyone might recognise. I know that snow isn’t everybody’s idea of heaven, but this holiday sounded magical, various adventures in the freezing outdoors being coupled with accommodation in the most superb lodges, with cosy fires and plenty of hot chocolate to warm up cold bodies. There are lots of secrets and strained relationships in this story. I enjoyed the way in which they are gradually revealed and explored. Christy finally gets to delve into the mystery surrounding her aunt Robyn, which has plagued her all her life; that proved an interesting and surprising tale in itself.

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