This was a lovely book that gives you all the holiday feels. There was just enough Christmas woven throughout the story that was to my liking as I’m not a fan of romance books marketed as a holiday read when only a small part actually takes place within the holiday season.
Nory was an endearing main character for me. Her uncertainty about life and unluckiness when it came to love was relatable as I’ve had those feelings before. She was the owner of a secondhand book store who was hesitant to let go of any books because she loved them too much. How cute is that? Also, her complicated relationship with her brother is also something I could very much relate to and I appreciated the rawness and honesty of it.
The misunderstanding between Nory and her new beau, Isaac was a downfall for me as it was easily solvable but other than that, their growing love, her interesting friends and the precarious balance between the rich and not-so-rich social circles made up a wonderful character driven story.
Thank you Putnam Books for my gifted copy and Penguin Random House Audio for the advanced listening copy. Opinions and thoughts in this review are completely my own.
Elinor Noel—Nory for short—is quite content running her secondhand bookshop in London. Forever torn between her working-class upbringing and her classmates’ extravagant lifestyles at the posh private school she attended on scholarship, Nory has finally figured out how to keep both at equal distance. So when two of her oldest friends invite their whole gang to spend the time leading up to their wedding together at the castle near their old school, Nory must prepare herself for an emotionally complicated few days.
The reunion brings back fond memories, but also requires Nory to dodge an ill-advised former fling. When she falls quite literally into the arms of Isaac, the castle’s head gardener, who has nothing but contempt for the “snobby prep school kids,” the attraction between them is undeniable. And as Nory spends more time with Isaac during the wedding festivities, she finds herself falling hard for the boy she used to consider an enemy. Nory and Isaac explore their common ground, but pressures mount on all sides, and Nory must decide what kind of life she wants to live and what sort of love is worth the risk . . .