We meet Laurie who is a single London girl, living in a wonderful housing block which seems to be filled with lots of friendly neighbours. She loses her job and feels in need of a break exactly the same time as her childhood friend Rachel needs to leave her cottage in the country and stay in London for a while. The story sees Rachel and her idyllic family house swap with Laurie in the run up to Christmas.
This book reminded me a little of one of my favourite films, The Holiday, but despite drawing comparisons, Meet Me Under The Mistletoe is filled with it's own strong characters and unique plot twists.
I really enjoyed Abby's bubbly characters, it felt like each person who was introduced to the story was warm and engaging. I loved that alongside the romantic storyline, this book was essentially a story of friendship that survives crossed wires and hurt feelings, and despite the fact that Rachel and Laurie are not always closely in touch with each other their friendship survives years.
You'll see dramas unfold around Rachel's daughter, her mother-in-law whilst Rachel is doubting the security of her marriage. Meanwhile Laurie is trying to rediscover herself in a new town whilst having conflicting feelings over which man is right for her.
There's a lot going on in this book, but it's very easy to follow, and really enjoyable to read. It's filled with Christmas cheer, romance and friendship, a lovely chick-lit read.
The back page blurb:
Childhood friends Laurie and Rachel used to be inseparable - but their lives have taken very different paths since they picked up their A-level results together. Now thirty-five, they have all but fallen out of touch; glamorous single girl Laurie is based in London and dedicated to her career in fashion; Rachel seemingly living the family idyll in Yorkshire.
But when Rachel's mother-in-law needs urgent treatment in London, and disasters at work and in her love life mean Laurie needs to flee, a house swap falls into place. Soon gentle Rachel is far from the village bake sales, braving the city's mean streets while trying to keep her marriage and family together; while Laurie attempts to work an Aga, befriend the wary village locals - and forget the man who seems intent on breaking her heart. Will their relationships survive this test? And will they make it home for Christmas?
Title: Meet Me Under The Mistletoe
Author: Abby Clements