Libby Joseph and George Donaldson are neighbors and good friends in White Cliff Bay. Libby writes Christmasy romance novels and is having a hard time finishing her current one. After this book is done, she plans to have the next book set in New York and she always moves to the city she’s writing about. This helps give her books a realistic feel and also never, ever allows her to get very close to anyone. She’s beginning to wonder if the reason she’s having so much trouble with her current book is because she isn’t really ready to move on again.
Her neighbor, George, was married and his wife left him after she had an affair, which left his self-confidence in shreds. The fact that he’s been crushing on Libby and she’s never even noticed hasn’t helped, either.
So this holiday season, they decide to help each other out. Libby will allow George to practice his dating skills on her and she will finally be able to finish her book, drawing on all these wonderfully romantic ideas from their dates. And then she’ll be able to move on. Maybe.
There are lots of mix ups and crossed signals and quite a good bit of fun. (Did that sound a little British there?) Another couple, Seb, the widowed, tattooed biker guy who runs the local pub and Amy, the girl who knows he’s interested but still feeling too disloyal to his deceased wife to ask her out, provide a wonderfully funny secondary story, along with his Seb’s mother who is convinced the flamboyant Amy is totally wrong for her son.
This book totally works as a stand alone, but you might want to read Christmas at Lilac Cottage, which precedes it and which I’ve reviewed here. I’m finding that for cute and fun holiday reads author Holly Martin is definitely my cup of tea!