My Thoughts On… The Christmas Promise by Sue Moorcroft
Author: Sue Moorcroft
Published: 6th October 2016
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For Ava Bliss, it’s going to be a Christmas to remember …
On a snowy December evening, Sam Jermyn steps into the life of bespoke hat maker Ava. Sparks fly, and not necessarily the good ones.
Times are tough for Ava – she’s struggling to make ends meet, her ex-boyfriend is a bully, and worst of all, it’s nearly Christmas.
So when Sam commissions Ava to make a hat for someone special, she makes a promise that will change her life. She just doesn’t know it yet…
So the very first thing you need to know about this review is that I read this book at the beginning of the year and I am only now writing this review. But, the good thing is, this book is so good and so intense, that I remember everything about it! So hopefully you’ll find that this review isn’t too vague for you but if you take anything away from it, it should simply be that you need to make sure you read this book. I know it’s a little too early to be thinking about Christmas but make sure this book gets added to your TBR for the holidays because I promise you will not regret it. Sue Moorcraft has quite simply created a book and a story that will whisk you away from this world into a magical world that will life your heart and spirit in the most wonderful of ways. Which, of course, is everything that we want in our Christmas books!
There was such a wonderful chemistry between Sam and Ava in this book. I absolutely loved reading about this relationship, it was just so easy to immerse yourself into their lives and the world they live in. As the story progresses and you start to understand more about both Sam and Ava’s lives and how they came to be who they were today, it was too difficult not to fall in love with them both. Sam’s love for his mother stole me away and Ava was just such a fantastic character to read about – I especially loved learning about being a milliner and how much effort goes into it! The research that Sue Moorcraft must have done, bled out onto the page continuously throughout the book – it almost made me wish I could become one!
But what really set this book apart for me and made me find it so intense was that Sue Moorcraft did not shy away from dark, intense topics. One of these that really hit a nerve for me was the revenge porn plot. It really highlighted how dangerous it all is and how quickly it can ruin someone’s life. Sue Moorcraft dealt with the topic in a very realistic but sensitive manner and it just made the book that much more. This isn’t just a fluffy Christmas love story, but a realistic-feeling story about two people who meet and have to deal with the good, the bad, and the ugly together and apart. The book touches on loyalty and support, love, friendship and family. It is intense, heart-warming and quite simply, an incredible read that I once again urge you not to miss!
I read the audiobook of this book and if you do read audiobooks, I would also highly recommend doing the same! I became fully immersed into the story this way and felt that the narrator had a lovely soft and lilting voice that flowed melodically into my ears, giving the book a little added dimension. Honestly though, this book quite simply blew me away and I might even re-read it this year! I certainly hope to see both Ava and Sam again in future books by the author. Here’s hoping!