Happy Saturday. Not many left now until Christmas. I actually feel quite prepared this year, there aren’t many gifts left for me to buy. I do however have lots of wrapping that I need to do. That’s going to have to wait though as I’m away on holiday next week. I’ll be back a few days before Christmas though and I’m not working now until the new year, so there is plenty of time.
Thank you to @hqstories for this gifted paperback of Snowed In For Christmas by @sarahmorganwrites. I also took part in the readalong for this book which I really enjoyed. Thank you to HQ Stories for organising. Snowed In For Christmas was published on 27th October 2022 and you can get a copy here.
The Miller family siblings have one mission this Christmas, to keep their parents in the dark about their lives. Being in a close family means that everyone feels like they need to know your business, but Ross, Alice and Clemmie are relying on each other to deflect attention this year.
Lucy usually spends Christmas alone and this year doesn’t look much different. Aside from the added stress of fighting to keep her company afloat and therefore her job. She needs to land a big piece of business and she has her sights set on Ross Miller and his company. She decides to make a bold statement by travelling to the Miller home in the Scottish Highlands to deliver her proposal. She can do that before Christmas and then leave them to enjoy the festivities; after all, she wouldn’t want to impose.
Not everything goes to plan. When Lucy arrives on the Miller’s doorstep, they mistake her for Ross’ girlfriend. By the time the whole mess is resolved, a snow storm has struck and Lucy is forced to stay at the Miller’s home until it is safe to leave. Everyone is forced to settle in for a snowed in Christmas as tensions within the family start to rise and Lucy finds herself in the middle of a family drama; a family that isn’t hers.
General Thoughts 🤔
I have a confession; I’m a massive Sarah Morgan fan and I didn’t even know it. I knew I’d read at least one of her books before and that I’d enjoyed it, but it was only when I started reading this one that I realised I had quite a few of her books in my read pile and none of them were less than 4 stars. The bar had already been set and I’m so pleased to report that this book was just as good. Just looking at the cover of this book made me feel cosy, reading it gave off even more cosy Christmas vibes.
I adored all of the characters in this book. There was literally not one character that didn’t make me smile or give me a warm little glow at one point or another. Top spot, number one character though had to go to Nanna Jean. What a woman. She was so wise and smart but also warm and funny. She knew everything about everyone but not just because she made it her business to know, but because she was able to read them all so easily. She knew what the siblings were feeling before they did. I found her lack of tact and unwillingness to be anything but straight to the point and honest hilarious and I would love a Nanna Jean in my own family.
I think Alice was probably my favourite character to read out of the three siblings. She made mistakes and her decision making frustrated me, but I think that she was the one sibling that I saw the biggest change in within the story. She learnt from her mistakes and I think that the Alice that left the Miller family home was very different to the one that arrived there.
Writing Style ✍️
The characters and their relationships with each other were what made this book so fantastic for me and I thought that it was down to Sarah Morgan’s skill in writing real and relatable people. I’m almost certain that anyone could pick this book up and find a character that they could relate to in someway and I believe that that can be what makes us as readers fall in love with a story. This book captured the good, bad and ugly of being with your family at Christmas time and I really enjoyed all of it.
Conclusion & Scoring 🎖
This has probably been my favourite Christmas book I’ve read so far this year. I fell in love with the Miller family and I think that Lucy was incredibly lucky to have found herself snowed in with them for Christmas. This story had family drama, love, friendship and comedy. It was so perfect for cuddling up in front of the fire and getting into the Christmas spirit. Nanna Jean was definitely my highlight and I would recommend this book solely for the joy of reading her.