The back of the book says:
‘Childhood friends Laurie and Rachel used to be inseparable – but their lives have taken very different paths since they picked up their A-level results together. Now thirty-five, they have all but fallen out of touch; glamorous single girl Laurie is based in London and dedicated to her career in fashion; Rachel seemingly living the family idyll in Yorkshire. But when Rachel’s mother-in-law needs urgent treatment in London, and disasters at work and in her love life mean Laurie needs to flee, a house swap falls into place.
Soon gentle Rachel is far from the village bake sales, braving the city’s mean streets while trying to keep her marriage and family together; while Laurie attempts to work an Aga, befriend the wary village locals – and forget the man who seems intent on breaking her heart. Will their relationships survive this test? And will they make it home for Christmas?’
This book was exactly what I needed to cleanse my palette from the restraints of the heavier Russian Lit that is hanging over me! Totally immersed in the story of will she mess up and what will happen next this book captured the moment of how things can take a turn for the worst even when you least expect it. At the click of her fingers Laurie is on the verge of losing her job that she has worked so hard for and pretty much given up her social life to keep.
Stylish and pointy she heads off to the country side where her childhood friend has asked to swap residence due to family illness and hospital admission in London. It was nice to read a book that was based quite close to where I live (fairly close!). As most chick lit books are based in the states these days it was nice to have that touch of familiarity. The massive upheaval of both Rachel’s family and Laurie (just Laurie) was an interesting contrast especially as it seems they both were better off for the swap. In the long-term the swap had done wonders for Rachel’s personal and family future opening up avenues for future employment for both herself and her more than lovely and from the description gorgeous husband. Laurie FINALLY figured out which direction to take with her work and love life and how to actually have a balance instead of being all one and none of the other.
This book was a great antidote to my humbug feelings about the oncoming christmas and having to work through it. So a massive thank you to the lovely Abby Clements for creating such a lovely christmas world that could encompass one and all and lead us through the holiday season with that much-needed touch of Romance and Love.