Title: Snow Angels, Secrets and Christmas Cake
Author: Sue Watson
Edition: Digital ARC, 232 pages
Publication Details: October 17th 2014 by Bookouture
Genre(s): Romance; Christmas/Holiday
Disclosure? Yep! I received a copy from the author/publisher in exchange for an HONEST review. Many thanks to Bookouture.
For Tamsin Angel, Christmas is always the biggest and best… chic parties and a little showbiz sparkle are a must. This year though, things aren’t going quite as planned…
With bailiffs suddenly at the door and her husband nowhere to be found, it looks like Christmas just got downsized. Moving into her sister’s one-bedroom flat, she wonders whether things will ever be the same again.
After losing her husband on Christmas Eve, Sam Angel has rebuilt her life around her son Jacob and her new business – The White Angel Bakery. She’s also found herself a very handsome, loving boyfriend, but is struggling to let go of the past.
Thrown together with a sprinkle of Christmas magic, Sam and Tamsin might just learn a little more about each other – and themselves. But when disaster strikes at the bakery, will they be able to save the day in time for Christmas?
Snow Angels, Secrets and Christmas Cake is a humorous festive read about family, making the most of bad situations, and letting go. Queue a high-pitched rendition of Let It Go!
I wasn’t instantly hooked on this book, but after a few chapters of switching narratives between Tamsin and Sam, I became accustomed to the structure and started to enjoy it.
I thought the contrast between the sister’s personalities worked well, making this a realistic, enthralling story full of drama, sarcasm and just enough Christmas magic.
I liked Sam from the start. With her no-nonsense and sarcastic approach to life. She’s finding it hard to move in from the death of her husband, but she’s determined not to let it hold her back.
Tamsin was a little harder to warm to, being a designer-loving, party-planning, living-beyond-her-means type who is all about perfection and hiding her Northern accent and real self from her circle of fake (in every way) friends. But, as the story went on and Tamsin loses everything she thought she loved, apart from her sister, I definitely warmed up to her.
I also really loved the Cheshire setting as that’s my home county- although not the posh part, blates- so that was an extra bonus.
Snow Angels, Secrets and Christmas Cake felt like an honest, and often funny portrayal of two sisters who are trying to get through the bad times by creating a little bit of Christmas cheer.
Snow Angels, Secrets and Christmas Cake is available in paperback from Waterstones now.