On a snowy December evening, Sam Jermyn steps into the life of bespoke hat maker Ava. Sparks fly, and not necessarily the good ones.
Times are tough for Ava – she’s struggling to make ends meet, her ex-boyfriend is a bully, and worst of all, it’s nearly Christmas.
So when Sam commissions Ava to make a hat for someone special, she makes a promise that will change her life. She just doesn’t know it yet…
I am a huge fan of Sue Moorcroft and have read quite a few of her novels, so I was really excited to get stuck into this one. I was a little late to the party with The Christmas Promise, reading it after Christmas in January (trying to hold onto that Christmas spirit!).
What a wonderful read. Sue Moorcroft is a fantastic writer, but I especially enjoy the way she writes her characters. She creates characters with such deep roots and backgrounds and I feel this gives them so many dimensions when reading about their part in her stories.
In this particular story, the characters were great. I loved the main characters of Ava and Sam – they were written with such empathy and understanding and felt so real to me. The cast of supporting characters were also a treat to read about – aside from the nasty ex boyfriend!
What I also enjoy about this author’s writing, which is linked with character, is the way she writes about relationships. Not just the obvious romantic relationship, but that of those around the main couple; mother and son, best friends, father and daughter… they’re all beautifully written about.
The storyline to this book was always going to be like marmite, I think. Without giving too much away, it is an incredibly sensitive and close to the mark subject matter but, sadly, one that really needs to be given more time in the limelight so that society can be more aware of it happening. I think it was brave of the author to approach this particular type of story in fiction and she did it really well, with sensitivity and a huge amount of knowledge – it was clear the author had done her research! It was nice to see the outcome after so much heartbreak. Also, Christmas day, as sad as it made me at times, was beautifully written.
And I would just like to say that I really enjoyed the reference to Middledip and Ratty! I love seeing cameo appearances from people and places we know of from an authors previous books, so it did make me smile when he popped up!
Great storyline, wonderful characters, just a super cosy Christmas read that you can enjoy year-round! Highly recommend!