The last thing Harriet Westmoreland wants is Christmas away from home, particularly when skiing, snow, heights and freezing her backside off are on the menu. While her own family, together with her best friend Grace's, are soon whizzing down ridiculously high and scary mountains in the fashionable Italian resort of Cortina d'Ampezzo, Harriet is stuck in the remedial class on the nursery slopes unable, it seems, to remain vertical.
Tired of trying to stay upright in the dunces' class, Harriet decides to overcome her fear of heights and take her bruised body off to explore the refugios in the magnificent Dolomites above Cortina. And maybe catch a glance of George Clooney, rumoured to be in town... But what happens next triggers a totally unexpected avalanche of events which proves that, for friends Harriet and Grace and all their families, Christmas really is a time for little miracles...
This novella was an absolute scream! From the chaotic relationships of Harriet Westmoreland, her best friend Grace, Grace's husband, the Carringtons to Harriet's ex-lover, Alex and his beautiful 18 month old daughter. I loved the way all the characters were connected in some way or another, whether they worked together, slept together or had children together!
Harriet was a wonderful mother and friend and kept the story alive by trying to hold everything and everyone together on this mad, jam packed getaway. Her best friend Grace is a true friend and I'm glad things worked out the way they did in the end.
This is my first time reading a novella and it was very enjoyable. The pace was quick and to the point and the storyline was interesting enough to keep me reading until the end. The dialogue was witty, funny and had me tears of laughter on most of the pages.
I was already a fan of Julie Houston having read her previous book, "Looking for Lucy" but with this Christmas time read, she's made me a fan for life!
A definite winter warmer for the end of 2016!
5 out of 5 stars.