It is fairly obvious, right from the start, that there will be a happy ending to this story.
What kept me gripped was wondering how it could ever be possible to achieve that outcome. The author introduces several conflicts, some of which seem impossible to resolve. That takes very skilful writing. So, well done, Sue Moorcroft!
The characters, and the interactions between them, keep the reader enthralled. The pace is very good and there are plenty of twists and turns and bumps along the road. The main story is about the endeavours of Georgine to produce the stage performance of A very Kerry Christmas, Uncle Jones at the Acting Instrumental college in Middledip village. There is something vaguely familiar about her new assistant, Joe Blackthorn, but it takes a while to work out what it is.
Joe is a much more complex character than even Georgine can imagine. There is more to him than immediately meets the eye. His childhood was troubled, but his fortunes have been completely reversed, in a good way. He is now a somewhat secret philanthropist. By contrast, Georgine’s life has gone in completely the opposite direction. As a child, she was privileged and without financial worries. She is now plagued by debt, mostly brought upon her by her ex-boyfriend, and is harassed by debt-collectors.
The on-off relationship between Joe and Georgine, fuelled by misunderstandings and secrecy, is at the core of the story, but I was more intrigued by the interactions between Georgine and her sister, Blair. Sibling love and conflict abound. It makes for great reading.
I really enjoyed this book and I would recommend it to all as a holiday read, regardless of season.
Don’t wait for Christmas. Read it now.