#BookReview of No One Cancels Christmas by Zara Stoneley @ZaraStoneley @rararesources @HarperImpulse

Posted October 21, 2018 by Zoé in Book Reviews, Reviews and Stuff / 1 Comment

#BookReview of No One Cancels Christmas by Zara Stoneley @ZaraStoneley @rararesources @HarperImpulse

No One Cancels Christmas by Zara Stoneley
Published by HarperImpulse on October 19 2018
Genres: Romance
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Also by this author: The Wedding Date, Bridesmaids, Four Christmases and a Secret, The First Date

A holiday she’ll remember forever…

It’s the most magical time of the year, and for travel agent Sarah it’s also the busiest! But this year one man threatens to ruin Christmas for Sarah’s customers – Mr Grinch, Will Armstrong.

The Shooting Star Mountain resort is a magical place, and Sarah has fond memories of Christmas here as a little girl – visits to Father Christmas, husky rides in the snow and hot chocolate by a roaring fire. But as the resorts new owner, Will refuses to play snowball or to deck the halls with anything remotely resembling tinsel!

With customers complaining their Christmas is ruined, Sarah decides it’s up to her to convince Scroogey Will just how magical Christmas can be….

But getting Will into the Christmas spirit is hopeless – he is Bah Humbug personified! But as Sarah gets to know him better, she realises that underneath all the gloom is a man struggling with a pain of his own.

With the big day approaching, Sarah realises that the magic and sparkle can wait. This year, she’s going to spend Christmas day with someone special her very own Mr Scrooge…

This book has made me want to fly out to Canada and get my skis on! It made me miss not going out this ski season! Every breathtaking description of the snow, the sounds, beautiful views and the magical tranquillity is spot on and I’ve done many seasons, all in all you feel like you are there! It is the best feeling on a mountaintop, however, this is isn’t the story here!

I did love that Sam, from the Wedding Date (see my review here), was in this book and her mum Ruth who is a blast, any scene with her in just had me in stitches!! And Jake. It was nice they were in it but that didn’t take over, just like Sarah in the Wedding date. 

This story focuses on Sarah, her past and the delectable and grumpy Will with all his secrets! So Zara, made me get something in my eye…again…and I read her book again in the car! So had to do a bit of furious blinking so no one saw me! I could relate to Sarah’s frustrations when dealing with the grumpy man Will, being married to a grumpy one it’s a daily frustration and her reactions….well they were the same as mine!

I loved that she went over to Canada, to the save Shooting Star mountain resort and to deal with her heartbreaking past. Trying to resolve her inner conflict and her dark past, when you find out what it was, well it was quite dark and I was quite surprised, but things aren’t quite what they seem and the resolution made me quite frankly cry. I didn’t see it coming and it shows there are two sides to every story.

So Will and Sarah, they are just cute, they worked even if they both deny themselves. Of course, it wouldn’t be a romance novel if we didn’t have the perceived deceit and the miscommunication. For me, this was the perfect Christmas feel-good book! Maybe because it was set in a snowy country in a beautiful lodge on Christmas!! Sarah and Sams dynamic was hilarious at the beginning as Sarah writes an email to Mr Grumpy pants and then sends it without meaning to, this starting off a catalyst of events. Sam, quiet and shy demeanour works so well with Sarah her loud and brash, disorganised demeanour. My friends would agree I am more like Sarah than I care to admit!!

My second book for Zara and I am so glad I have got to read this. She has won me over with her writing and storytelling so much so I am going to be keeping an eye out for her future endeavours and check out the back catalogue!

I love stories that have a happy ending and a feel-good factor all with beautiful scenery and this is what Zara accomplishes here. She leaves you with a smile on your face and hope in your heart.

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*Thank you so much to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources, Harper Impulse and the author Zara Stoneley for a copy of this book in return for my honest and unbiased review*

About Zara Stoneley

Born in a small village in Staffordshire, I wanted to be a female James Herriot, a spy, or an author when I grew up. After many years, and many different jobs, my dream of writing a bestseller came true. I write about friendship, dreams, love, and happy ever afters, and hope that my tales make you cry a little, laugh a lot, and occasionally say ‘ahhh’. I now live in a Cheshire village with my family, a lively cockapoo called Harry, and a very bossy (and slightly evil) cat called Saffron.

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