STORY: Wealthy New York City girl Claire Lindell isn’t looking for a Christmas miracle or happiness when she abruptly decides to hole up for the holiday at her godmother’s cottage in a little Yorkshire village, and lick her wounds from a near disastrous romantic decision.
After her car skids into a snow bank, Claire may have accidently found her perfect Christmas and the family and love she’s craved when she offers Noah Bradford of Ayesgill Farm help to push the back end of one of his sheep out of the icy mud, even if she’s going to ruin a brand new pair of Prada boots during the rescue.
What’s a little leather when love’s on the line?
REVIEW: Claire Lindell, age 29, is a History teacher at Stirling Academy for Girls located in Manhattan. This year, Claire has decided that she cannot face another of her mother, Melanie’s, perfect Christmases along with her perfect sister’s two perfect children. Fresh from an improper work relationship where she almost lost her job, she feels the need for some quiet alone time to reflect on her mistakes. Therefore, we find her on a flight to Manchester England with a destination of the little town of Ledstow outside of York. There, her Godmother, Ruth Carrington, has a cottage that she has agreed to let Claire use over the Christmas holidays because she will be in London. Claire plans to spend the time relaxing and grading school papers.
Upon arrival, Claire rents a car and heads to Ledstow. However, it begins to snow and gets heavier with each passing minute. Just as she turns off to head to her Godmother’s cottage, her car goes into a spin and she ends up in a snow drift. She figures that she is about two miles from her destination so she will just have to walk.
Noah Bradford is a sheep farmer at Ayesgill Farm just outside Ledstow. The sudden snowstorm has caught some of his sheep and two seem to be lost. As he trudges out to find them, one is stuck in a ravine bleating pitifully. Trying to get the Ewe unstuck is becoming very difficult but he continues to try to encourage her to come to him. When Claire walks by and hears his voice, she asks if she can help. He agrees and she ends up mucking up her new Prada boots, but they successfully get the Ewe out and all the sheep safely in the barn. Grateful to her for her help, he offers to drive her to her Godmother’s cottage. Upon arrival, she finds the cottage empty of food so Noah drives her to a local supermarket to get some food. While there, he gets a call from his ex saying she is bringing their 8-year-old daughter, Molly, to stay with him for Christmas while she flits off to a warmer climate with her latest boyfriend. As he has never kept Molly that long, he almost panics. Not wanting to interfere, Claire tries to stay quiet and simply thank him for his help.
The next day, Claire finds Molly sitting on a fence behind her cottage sketching. Knowing her father would probably be worried at her being so far away, Claire takes her home. The three of them spend time together making preparations for Christmas. Claire and Noah open up and share their unhappy pasts with each other. They have both made some mistakes in the past and are hoping for a better future.
Can they put their hurts behind them to come together and enjoy a warm and happy Christmas? Could there be a future for Claire and Noah? Come read this sweet novel that will tug at the reader’s heartstrings.
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