Thank you for joining me today on the weekend blitz for The Christmas Holiday by Maxine Morrey. I'm so happy to be sharing my review along with the chance to enter a fab giveaway. First of all let's take a look at the description for the book...
Fall in love this winter on a romantic trip around the world ending in a fairy-tale winter wedding!
As winter comes to London, journalist Mia Walker is desperately hoping for her big break as a travel writer, dreaming of exotic locations and sun-soaked beaches. When she’s invited to write a romantic travel piece that ends in a huge winter wedding in Scotland, she jumps at the chance. The only trouble is, the photographer is renowned adventure-junkie Hunter Scott, who Mia last saw five years ago when she ended their engagement.
It’s the opportunity of a lifetime, and Mia knows she’d be mad to say no – even if it does mean spending weeks traveling round the world with the one man she never wanted to see again! But as the wedding approaches, and the magic of Christmas begins to take hold, Mia can’t help looking out for mistletoe – and wishing she hadn’t cancelled her own engagement after all…
After reading the description what can I say a story about travel, love and Christmas all rolled into one sounded pretty perfect to me. When we are introduced to Mia she has designs on becoming a travel writer even though she currently writes the Hatches, Matches and Despatches section for the newspaper she works at. However she now has the perfect opportunity to take that next step. To do this she will be writing a travel article with a romantic edge following Olivia and Sandy who are due to marry. All seems great until a big complication called Hunter arrives, the problem is Mia and Hunter were once engaged. One word, awkward!
I loved the feistiness that Mia portrays with her first few interactions with Hunter but there is also a down to earth feel to her character that made me like her even more. Hunter is strong and determined but there was a slight vulnerability to him that easily drew me to his character. I was so intrigued as to how and why Hunter and Mia broke up. There is hurt there and I couldn't help but feel for them both at times they equally said the wrong thing and managed to harm each other with their words. This is all interspersed with stunning sights as they travel to some gorgeous destinations with Olivia and Sandy. I have to mention this couple as I loved their connection they were so sweet but not in a sickly way. The four of them together were a great contrast from the loved up Olivia and Sandy to the distant Mia and Hunter.
It was easy to be immersed in Hunter and Mia's story especially as I was intrigued as to what happened to Hunter during the time since he and Mia split up. The Christmas Holiday moves at a great pace and I loved the heartwarming nature of the story. There were plenty of sigh inducing moments that were just wonderfully romantic and I was left hoping for that happy ever after. Perfect for curling up with, even better why not grab a hot chocolate and completely indulge in this gorgeous story just like I did!
With thanks to Jenny at Neverland Blog Tours for my copy. This is honest and unbiased opinion.
Maxine has wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember and wrote her first (very short) book for school when she was ten. Coming in first, she won a handful of book tokens - perfect for a bookworm!
As years went by, she continued to write, but 'normal' work often got in the way. She has written articles on a variety of subjects, aswell as a book on Brighton for a Local History publisher. However, novels are what she loves writing the most. After self publishing her first novel when a contract fell through, thanks to the recession, she continued to look for opportunities.
In August 2015, she won Harper Collins/Carina UK's 'Write Christmas' competition with her romantic comedy, 'Winter's Fairytale'.
Maxine lives on the south coast of England, and when not wrangling with words, can be found tackling her To Be Read pile, sewing, listening to podcasts, and walking.
The Christmas Holiday Weekend Blitz Giveaway
Signed copy of The Christmas Project
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