Meet Me Under The Mistletoe – Abby Clements « BestChickLit

What they say:

‘Childhood friends Laurie and Rachel’s lives have taken very different paths since they picked up their A-level results together. Laurie is living in London and dedicated to her career, keeping track of her friends on Facebook. Rachel is seemingly living the family idyll in a cottage in Yorkshire – except she worries her marriage is starting to show cracks. When Rachel’s mother-in-law falls ill and needs treatment in London, and Laurie decides she needs to get away for a break, a house swap falls into place.

Soon Rachel is braving the mean streets of London while trying to keep her family together, while Laurie tries to figure out how to work an Aga and befriend the locals – and forget the man who seems intent on breaking her heart. Will their relationships survive this test? And will they make it home in time for Christmas?’

What we say – review by Charlotte Foreman:

Now this, ladies and gentlemen, is what you call chick lit: two polar opposite female protagonists, small picturesque village, bannerday5atmospheric festive London, deliciously manly men all embroiled in high-emotion dramas.

The writing style is confident and smooth, meaning Meet Me Under The Mistletoe goes down as easily as a hunk of chocolate cake washed down with a cuppa. The plot almost splits into two, telling separate stories, but also cleverly interweaves to keep the basis of the concept together, and you’re never given a chance to get bored. It’s the perfect stocking filler, and great for relaxing with, so make sure you put it on your Chrimbo list.