I was very excited for this book and I have to say it has put me in the festive spirit, before I tell you what I thought here is what it’s about.
Georgia Bailey is closing up her little charity shop in Oakbarrow when she gets a mysterious late night call from a stranger, threatening to jump off the town’s bridge.
Something about the man’s voice is faintly familiar but all she can do is stay on the line and, after talking for hours and losing sense of time passing, coax him back from the edge.
The next morning, Georgia walks to work, buys a festive latte from Leo (who she’s had a crush on for months!) at the local coffee shop, and is shocked when she suddenly recognizes the voice from last night…
A heartwarming festive love story that reminds us that even in the darkest of times, hope is always just around the corner!
Jaimie Admans is an author that I will pick up without knowing much about the book, which is definitely the case with It’s A Wonderful Night, I couldn’t remember much about it except that it was based at Christmastime. As usual, I didn’t need to be worried because it was every bit as good as I expected it to be.
I have to say I was right in the mood for this one, I have been feeling more festive than I usually do at this time of year and this fed my festive feeling, there are festive drinks, mince pies, Christmas decorations, lots of references to It’s A Wonderful Life (which I will admit I have never seen but now really want to) and of course romance in the air.
Whilst it is, for the most part, a very light-hearted romance it does also have a more serious side to it, dealing with mental health and business worries and the downturn in people visiting their high street and independent shops. As ever the author manages to blend them perfectly, you can feel the struggles that Leo is going through but you never get lost to that feeling there is always a funny moment to balance it.
The banter between Leo and Georgia was wonderful, they had me giggling on so many occasions, especially Leo with his cheeky persona, you’ll have to read it to understand what I mean but some of his Santa suggestions were hilarious. I also liked that they were able to be vulnerable with each other, it was nice to have a male character that was able to open up and show his emotions.
Georgia was such a lovely character, she ends up having to lie to Leo and whilst I know that it wasn’t done in a malicious way and that she felt that it was for the greater good, I was a little disappointed how long she kept it up for. However, I loved that she went all out to try and give Leo his festive cheer back and then to try and bring it back to the community and save the remaining shops.
I have to say that this book did give me such a hopeful feeling, there were tough and emotional moments but I came away excited about Christmas…and craving some cakes, gingerbread especially.
Another brilliant book, highly recommended, and I can’t wait to see what comes next.
Well if you live in the UK then you are sure in for a treat, click the link below if you would like to win…
It’s a Wonderful Night Goodie bag which includes:
*It’s a Wonderful Night notebook
*It’s a Wonderful Night fridge magnet
*A signed postcard of the cover
*A copy of It’s a Wonderful Life on DVD because this is the inspiration behind the story.
*An invisible spine Paris notebook because it’s where Georgia wants to go more than anywhere in the world.
*A light-up Christmas tree pen, because who doesn’t need a light-up Christmas tree pen at this time of year?!
Jaimie is a 32-year-old English-sounding Welsh girl with an awkward-to-spell name. She lives in South Wales and enjoys writing, gardening, watching horror movies, and drinking tea, although she’s seriously considering marrying her coffee machine. She loves autumn and winter, and singing songs from musicals despite the fact she’s got the voice of a dying hyena. She hates spiders, hot weather, and cheese & onion crisps. She spends far too much time on Twitter and owns too many pairs of boots.
She will never have time to read all the books she wants to read.
She is the author of chick-lit romantic comedies The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters, The Little Wedding Island, It’s a Wonderful Night, and Kismetology, and she has also written young-adult romantic comedies Afterlife Academy, Not Pretty Enough, and North Pole Reform School.
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