Snowflakes are falling, there’s carol singing on every corner, and Leah Evans is preparing for a family Christmas at her grandmother’s majestic plantation house in Virginia. It won’t be the same now that her beloved Nan is gone, but when Leah discovers she has inherited the mansion, she knows she can give her daughter Sadie the childhood of her dreams.
But there’s a catch. Leah must split the house with a man called David Forester. Leah hasn’t heard that name in a long time. Not since they were kids, when Davey was always there to catch her.
Now David is all grown up. He’s gorgeous, successful, and certain of one thing: Leah should sell him her half of the house.
They can’t agree, but as they share memories over wine by the log fire, Leah notices a fluttering in her stomach. And by the look in his eyes, he’s starting to feel it too.
Will it be Leah or David who must give up their dreams? Or, with a little bit of Christmas magic, will they finally understand Nan’s advice to them both about living life without regrets … and take a chance on true love?
My thoughts on the novel: A special thank you to Bookouture, NetGalley and Jenny Hale for letting me read this heartwarming Christmas tale. All I Want for Christmas is a must-read feel-good novel for this holiday season.
Single mother Leah Evans is an interesting character. She’s strong-willed, sensitive and loving. I really enjoyed reading about her relationship with daughter Sadie and her close friends a.k.a The Girls! After learning about all her struggles, you cannot help but feel resentment when the news break that Nan, Leah’s beloved grandmother, actually didn’t leave the family property solely to Leah as originally planned. A certain David also inherited half of it. This intriguing turn of events makes you really wonder what could have happened for lovely Granny to throw such a wrench in Leah and Sadie’s dream!
As the plot unfolds, the reader eventually grows to appreciate Nan whose secret is unveiled with poignancy. Leah and David share childhood memories that resurface as they spend quality time together. Step by step, you realise that all Nan did was with a specific purpose in mind.
All I Want for Christmas is a festive, touching novel about family, friendship and love.
Score: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥