Baby It’s Cold Outside by Emily Bell

Thank you to Kallie at Michael Joseph for inviting me to take part in this blog tour, for which to prepare I received a copy of the book. This review forms my honest opinion.

Blurb

FATE PULLED THEM APART BUT NOT BEFORE THEY MADE A PROMISE.

TEN CHRISTMASES LATER, WILL THEIR WISH COME TRUE? . . .

As Norah battles through the bustling December crowds, she hears the notes of a song that transports her back to the most romantic week of her life.

After meeting on a blissful holiday, but knowing they had to part, a boy named Andrew made her a promise:

If they are both single on Christmas Eve in ten years’ time, they will meet under the clock on Grafton Street, Dublin.

Norah has no idea if he will remember, but she has nothing to lose.

So, hoping for a Christmas miracle, she heads to Dublin. To that clock. And, maybe, to Andrew.

But it wouldn’t be Christmas without a few surprises . . .

Review

Whilst ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ isn’t a book I’d normally choose for myself, when the email for the blog tour popped through I was looking for joy. I wanted something light and feel good. Quite frankly, with how things are in the world right now I think it’s something everyone could do with a hefty dose of!

The main plot stems from a holiday romance. A promise was made to stay in touch and if both were single in ten years time, they’d meet on Christmas Eve in Dublin. Norah – single and a little lost in life, heads over to Ireland for Christmas, determined to meet Andrew and rekindle that lost love. But things don’t quite go to plan…..

Did I guess the ending from the beginning? Yes. Was it a bit predictable. For the most part yes. But do you know what. I didn’t care. Because I flipping well enjoyed the journey!

This is a curl up on the sofa and lose yourself book. It’s a shut yourself away and luxuriate in the the good things in life kind of book. And I was 100% there for it. I flew through it in a couple of days – it is pure escapism.

It’s not without obstacles. Grief and self discovery are reoccurring themes. As is friendship and a sweet exploration throughout of what love actually is. The core relationship was one that I identified with completely, having experienced it myself and it was utterly believable in my view. For me, it brought back memories of my husband and I in our early days!

This is not an edgy, twisty tale. It’s not controversial or hard hitting. This is a gentle, yet captivating story about love in it’s many forms. And it’s a lovely, incredible readable book. I don’t know about you, but sometimes this is exactly what I need. It’s also set at Christmas, so if you’re searching in vain for your festive spirit – this is ideal!

Available in paperback from 14th October! Click here to purchase through Bookshop.org and support The Rabbit Hole Independent Bookshop in Brigg, North Lincolnshire.

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