Seasons Meetings by Amy Dunne is a delightful Christmas romance that is even better as an audiobook.
The book is about Catherine and Holly. At the outset they seem to be polar opposites, Catherine is a workaholic, sales executive who likes to crack the whip in her job and works ridiculous hours. Holly, on the other hand, is young, vibrant and full of life. She is a pastry chef who has started her own bakery.
The two women end up on a road trip to Scotland to spend time with mutual friends and family but a terrible storm forces them to have an unexpected Christmas together, stranded in a cottage in a small town.
This book is utterly charming. I adored every moment of it and highly recommend it.
The story is told from Catherine’s point of view and as a character she sees the most growth, going from a tightly wound woman with no personal life to someone who wants more from life.
Holly is a delight. It is so funny, but often authors write the love interest as their ideal woman. I would not be surprised to find out that Amy Dunne wrote Holly based on her partner or someone she knows.
The Writing Style
Amy Dunne has a wonderful talent. She writes clearly, the story moves forward nicely. Every time I put the book down I found myself longing to return to it.
Nicola Victoria Vincent did a glorious job of narrating this sweet Christmas romance. It made me fall in love with the book all over again (since I listened to it a while after I had read it for the first time).
A lovely romance for any time of the year and yet I absolutely love that it was Christmas themed and that I was reading it around Christmas.
I could not help stopping and imaging my wife and I having a fun, snowed in Christmas and then giving my wife a snuggle.
Oh, and another bonus is the cutest dog on paper. I say on paper because my dogs are the cutest dogs in real life, even if I am somewhat impartial.
Well worth it. And Amy Dunne is an author to keep an eye on in the future.
I would absolutely get the audiobook. It is a delightful listen.
Excerpt From Seasons Meetings by Amy Dunne
Slightly stunned by the beauty, Catherine felt the warm, unfamiliar feeling of arousal settle in the pit of her stomach. It took her a few seconds to regain her composure and ask uncertainly, “Can I help you?”
“I think it’s the other way around,” the woman said, having to shout over the music. Her smile intensified as she let out a hearty laugh. “I’m Holly Daniels. Katie’s cousin. I’m your designated chauffeur. Catherine, right?”
Catherine almost dropped the bottle of wine as she stumbled backward a step.
This can’t be happening. This has to be a mistake.
Holly turned off the engine, which cut the music. She clambered out of the car and came around to where Catherine was standing. She was wearing a large woolen jumper with penguins on it and a tight-fitting pair of jeans.
“We’ll pop your suitcase on the backseat. The boot is pretty full, sorry,” Holly said. She took hold of Catherine’s suitcase and rolled it over to the car. The dented car door made an unhealthy clattering sound as its hinges were forced open.
Catherine could only watch in horrified silence as Holly put her suitcase in the back.
“Right, shall we go?” Holly asked, her tone incredibly cheery as she turned around.
“I think there’s been a mistake,” Catherine whispered.
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ISBN number: 9781626392274
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
Narrator: Nicola Victoria Vincent
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