Chick lit

A Mistletoe Miracle by Emma Jackson

This book was published almost two years ago, and I only just got around to it as part of my complete the backlist campaign! I should have just tried it then because it is a quick but potent read which I finished in one sitting, to my satisfaction.
I do not celebrate Christmas and consequently do not feel odd reading about it at any random point in the year, like now. The story is not precisely focused on Christmas celebrations itself but on the work that the hospitality department might have to put up with. The story begins with Beth hunkering down in her mother’s hotel/home. A few guests checked in over the holidays, and everything seems normal until it is not.
Beth feels confused about her reactions to her old social life, having just broken up and is helping her mother out with small random things. Then things snowball (pun intended). It begins with the flu invading the staff, and then her mother is stranded away from the hotel. This is when Beth realises how much work her mother puts in on a daily basis. There are some unbelievable moments, but in this genre, such coincidences are more welcome than not. The ending of the chaos in the hotel is filmy, as is the final wrap up but cheesy as it was, it was fun. I liked some of the dialogues and liked almost all the characters, even the not-so-good ones, because they played out their roles well. No one went overboard in the helping department; people said no or even expressed their limits, and friends accepted it. This is something I rarely see acknowledged with an extended cast of people all lending a hand.
If given another chance, I would pick up another book by the author.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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