Christmas has arrived in the little village of Happiness, promising snowflakes, hot chocolate and plenty of seasonal romance. So snuggle up and fall in love with the gorgeously cosy new story from the bestselling author of Christmas at Lilac Cottage…
Christmas has always been such an important part of Ruby Marlowe’s life and at a time of year that always holds so many memories, Ruby likes to throw herself into the magic of the season head first. So when she is offered the opportunity to open a year-round Christmas shop in the little village of Happiness it seems like a dream come true.
Accepting the offer has absolutely nothing to do with sexy Jacob Harrington, the sculptor she had a fling with in the village during the summer.
After all, Jacob is known to love the ladies and has never had a commitment. Ruby, on the other hand, made the ultimate vow of love and suffered heart-wrenching loss in return. She vows she will never be committed to a man again.
But when fate throws Ruby and Jacob together in this town in the most magical of seasons, will more than snowflakes fall? As the Christmas celebrations get underway and Ruby tries to spread her own Christmas magic over the little village, can love sparkle and come back to life.
In July I had the pleasure of reading The Little Village of Happiness. I loved it, but it was a book that needed to grow on me. I needed to find my own place in the village of Happiness. But by the last page, I was absolutely smitten with the town and its villagers. It is a bit of an understatement to say that I was very excited to return to the village and find out what everybody had been up to.
This time I was taken by the story from the first few lines and that was all because of the absolutely amazing main character Ruby Marlowe. We met Ruby in the first instalment of the series as Willows best friend, who pays her a quick visit and has an amazing three night stand with Andrews brother, Jacob. I knew I would like her as a protagonist, but I could not have expected to love her so much. Ruby is an absolute Christmas addict, who has sworn of men for the rest of her life. She is ready for a new start far away from everybody who knows her past and after seeing how happy Willow became in Happiness, she follows her best friend. Little does she know that she will be sharing a shop with Jacob and the sparks are still flying around.
The slow burning romance between Jacob and Ruby is one of the sweetest, but also hearth warming and hearth breaking romances I have ever read by Holly’s hand. Their story is a little more complicated than other romances I have read by her before. I found the struggle Ruby was going through very realistic and could absolutely understand her mood swings and mind-set. Holly has written such a sensitive and delicate romance with these characters.
Apart from that I loved to be back in Happiness. This time the village really jumped of the pages. It almost felt like I was walking in the street looking up at the slightly different Christmas lights that adorn Happiness. And it was so lovely to see all the villagers back. Especially the older generations brings that extra bit of humour to the story.
By now I have read numerous books written by Holly and every time she succeeds to amaze and surprise me. I love how every time she thinks of something new and quirky to give the story a little twist and bring a smile to my face.
The Gift of Happiness is not your typical sweet and fluffy Christmas novel. There is of course a whole lot of twinkling fairy lights, hot chocolate and kisses in the snow. But it deals with some real issues that give the story extra depth and make it a story to remember.
So close the windows, make yourself a nice mug of hot chocolate, grab a blanket and forget about the world outside. The village of Happiness and its inhabitants are expecting you! You won’t regret your visit!
Thank you Holly that I got to enjoy this wonderful story in advance!