I've always been a bit sniffy about books written through collaboration as I've always thought that I would be able to see the 'joins'. Whilst this may be true of some of the other books I've read, it most certainly is not the case for this story. Romantic comedy is not exactly my bag either. So why did I read this book and review it? Good question! It was suggested to me that I might enjoy this story just because it was completely outside my usual reading matter - and I most certainly did.
Set in Whitby in the run up to Christmas, with a heroine who is a no-nonsense Yorkshire lass (Hannah) and a hero to die for (Daniel) - I was hooked from page one. Whitby is a lovely seaside town and not so very far that I can not visit every so often. Add to that the timing of Christmas along with snow and you have a perfect location for a warming and heartfelt story.
The writing style is a bit quirky - but I can do quirky - and I found it a refreshing change. That quirkiness fits really well with the nature of the story, the characters and the setting.
The romance between Hannah, (a welly-wearing down-to-earth land-scape gardener who got my vote from the outset) and movie-man Daniel, unfolds very cleverly as the two of them deal with their own differences, insecurities and pressures from their work. Add to this the dynamics between the supporting characters at the Garden Centre where Hannah works, her neighbours and the people from Daniel's past and you have a really great read. I found the characters to be really well drawn and believable and the story drew me in relentlessly. Once I'd started reading, I could not put this book down.
Despite my initial reservations about this story, I thoroughly enjoyed it and have no hesitation in recommending it as an excellent book. I also think it will make a perfect Christmas present for the reader on your present list!