23 December 2014

eBook Review: Cold Feet at Christmas by Debbie Johnson

"Running out on your wedding shouldn’t be this much fun!

A remote Scottish castle on a snowy Christmas Eve. A handsome husband-to-be. A dress to die for. It should have been the happiest day of Leah Harvey’s life – but the fairytale wedding turns sour when she finds her fiancĂ© halfway up the bridesmaid’s skirt just hours before the ceremony!

Fleeing the scene in a blizzard, Leah ends up stranded at the nearest cottage, where she collapses into the arms of its inhabitant – a man so handsome she thinks she must have died and gone to heaven!

And when Rob Cavelli suddenly finds himself with an armful of soaking wet, freezing cold, and absolutely gorgeous bride on the run, he’s more than happy to welcome her into his snowbound cottage this Christmas…"


Festive Rating: 

You can buy Cold Feet at Christmas as a paperback or an eBook now.

This is another book I have really looking forward to reading this year. It's Debbie Johnson's Christmas book which has been released through Harper Impulse, and it's called Cold Feet at Christmas. I love the cover of this, it's really eye-catching, and again I love the effort that Harper Impulse puts into their eBook covers. This book follows the story of Leah, a bride-to-be who ran away from her own wedding and finds herself stranded in the middle of nowhere in the freezing cold snow. She knocks on a nearby door and meet Rob, someone getting over his own heartbreak this Christmas. The pair share Christmas together, and then as the festive season passes and Leah realises she has to get on with her own life, Rob makes a very bold offer to Leah, but is one she is willing to escape?

This was a story I found it easy to get into, and enjoy right from the beginning. It kicks off meeting Leah in the middle of nowhere, as she's escaped her wedding and she hasn't got a clue where to turn next. Finding a house near her is a bit of a boon, and I enjoyed the introduction of the characters of Rob and Leah. The pair are stuck in this cottage, and turn to each other for comfort in their hours of need. You can understand why things progress as quickly as they did, but at the same time I found it a little odd that Leah was meant to be getting married yet she's jumping into something new so very quickly, it sat a little oddly with me in parts I have to admit.

You can see why she was immediately attracted to Rob however. He sounds pretty perfect as far as men go, even if he is a little damaged himself. We don't find out for quite a large portion of the book exactly what it is that he is hiding, and we're left to make our own conclusions for much of it. I hadn't guessed at all what his secret was, so when it was revealed I was quite surprised. I felt this part of the book, and his grief, was well handed by Debbie Johnson, you could certainly feel his pain as you are reading, and understand why he wanted to keep Leah at arm's length in an emotional sense. The pair had a really good chemistry and the part of the book set in the cottage was really readable.

However, there were a few parts of the book that I struggled with. Firstly, it was the fact that Rob makes the offer to Leah that he does after barely knowing each other, and odder still is that she accepts. Apparently it's fine to escape to the other side of the world on a whim and make a success of yourself. Who knew?! I know it's fiction, but I do like an element of realism to my books and I felt this was lacking in parts. Also, as I said, I found it hard to understand how Leah could move on so quickly and without emotion after her non-wedding. Surely there would be some element of feeling sad and bereft after leaving her wedding and life behind, but there seemed to be none of that for her. My other little bugbear was the fact that although it is marketed as a festive book, and the first part of it is at Christmas and does feel festive, well that's where it ends. The majority of the book isn't set at Christmas, and after the initial part, the festive feeling was lost which was a shame as it started so well.

Overall, I did enjoy the book, it was well written, the descriptions made it easy to imagine in my mind the cottage, the city that Leah and Rob travel to after their Christmas together, and the emotional side of Rob's story was extremely well written too. I did struggle to come to terms with Leah's actions and the speed of everything that happens afterwards, but if you can suspend your reality for a little while, I think it's an enjoyable little book. Some interesting characters, a few festive scenes and a well book, definitely a good novel from Debbie Johnson and one worth downloading to your Kindle this winter.

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