Due to be released on October 31st
Category: Contemporary Fiction, Christmas, Romance, Family Drama, Book Review
First to arrive are the bride’s parents, Maggie and Nick. Their daughter’s marriage is a milestone they are determined to celebrate wholeheartedly, but they are hiding a huge secret about their own: they are on the brink of divorce. After living apart for the last six months, the last thing they need is to be trapped together in an irresistibly romantic winter wonderland.
Maggie White was looking forward to having her daughters, Rosie and Katie, at Hawthorne Cottage for Christmas as usual.
She loved the planning, baking, wrapping presents and the family traditions—it was her favourite time of the year. There was only one problem Maggie needed to work out. How to tell the girls she and their father, Nick, were living separately, about to divorce.
Maggie’s elder daughter, Katie, was a doctor, working in a busy emergency department in Oxford. She’s prickly, intense and takes her work seriously. Her heart is in the right place, even if she sometimes goes about things in the wrong way and expects too much of herself. Ever since her younger sister was born with asthma when Katie was ten, she had known that she wanted to be a doctor. Katie worked long, hard hours, had no social life and was close to being burnt out. That, combined with a recent frightening incident, had made her question her choice of career.
Now she felt anything but solid. She was falling apart, and it was becoming harder and harder to hide it from her colleagues. Even the thought of work brought her to the edge of a panic attack, and she’d never suffered from panic attacks.
Rosie, the younger daughter, had been offered a place in a doctoral program in the US after she’d completed her undergraduate and master’s degrees in Oxford. When Maggie received a phone call from Rosie at 3am, she assumed the worst, picturing Rosie in hospital. But no, nothing like that. Rosie was excited to share the news of her impending marriage to her boyfriend of three months, Dan. On Christmas Eve.
She’d thought she’d white-knuckled her way through all the toughest parts of parenting, but it turned out there were still some surprises waiting for her.