Published: Oct 2012 (Simon & Schuster)
About the Book:
'Tis the season to be jolly...But can Eve find happiness through the frost...?
Eve has never liked Christmas, not since her beloved fiance was killed in action in Afghanistan on Christmas Day. So when her adored elderly aunt dies, the last thing she is expecting is to be left a theme park in her will. A theme park with a Christmas theme...And that's not the only catch. Her aunt's will stipulates that Eve must run the park with a mysterious partner, the exotically named Jacques Glace. Who is this Jacques, and why did Aunt Evelyn name him in her will?
But Eve isn't going to back down from a challenge. She's determined to make a success of Winterworld, no matter what.
Can she overcome her dislike of Christmas, and can Jacques melt her frozen heart at last...?
This book is not just for Christmas it is for life!
I loved the storyline of Eve's aunt leaving her a magical Christmas Theme Park ..... well, a partly finished theme park ...and with super efficient and organised Eve at the helm she knew it would be fabulous. But the catch is that she had to share the day to day organising with a mysterious stranger called Jacques Glace and Eve does not like sharing her plans. And, after meeting Mr. Glace, she doesn't like him either and she even starts to believe he could be a con man who has conned her beloved aunt into giving him a share of the theme park.
Eve narrowed her eyes at him. God, he really was a charmer. Standing there all blue-eyed and Dr. Doolittle-like, stroking a reindeer. And weren't animals supposed to be able to suss out what people were really like? Had he managed to pull the wool over their eyes as well? She bet he had a trail of broken hearts behind him.
So, we shared their ups and downs, quarrels and dislikes, neither of them giving way, while 'Winterworld' takes shape week by week up till Christmas.
The story reads at just the right pace, it's never boring, with lively characters and an original plotline.
According to Lovereading if you like Milly Johnson you may also like books by Carmen Reid, Maria Beaumont or Freya North.
Thanks to the publishers Simon & Schuster for sending me this book.