Chick lit

Christmas with Hamish by Sophie Penhaligon

I have had this book on my virtual shelf for a while, as the Christmas in the title would attest. I finally got around to reading it, and I am torn about how to talk about my review and rating. I gave it the positive rating because the author was able to conjure up the characters in a very vivid fashion and it was a quick and easy read.

On the other hand I was torn by the pace of the story and the harsh tones of some of the characters. I did not see them coming and it felt a little off from the kind of book this looks to be thanks to the blurb and cover. Verity is attending her sister’s wedding. She does not seem too welcome or even to be enjoying herself. She meets her new brother-in-law’s neighbour, who seems as interested in her as she is in him. Things change when Verity suddenly is to dog-sit over Christmas with no say in the matter. Things move along in a positive fashion from that point on.

Verity’s family history is extremely shocking and it helps set up the foundation for the happily-ever-after that we usually want from books like this. Although I did not completely enjoy the plotline, the writing and the characters as individuals, not to mention the dogs made it an enjoyable read. I woudl recommend it to readers of this genre. Others will definitely be less picky than me in the small things that bothered me.

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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