REVIEW: A Winter Flame by Milly Johnson

A Winter Flame by Milly Johnson

Simon & Schuster says:

‘Tis the season to be jolly… But can Eve find happiness through the frost…?

Eve has never liked Christmas, not since her beloved fiancé 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…?

My Thoughts:

This book has been on my shelf since last year as it was originally a gift from Sarah @ Reader, Writer, Nerd.

Eve has given up on love and all romantic feelings since losing the one thing closest to her. A workaholic who puts every last scrap of her energy into her events company and lets her social and family life fall by the wayside. With a strong dislike for Christmas and the festive season in general Eve humbugs her way through the day until news that her dear Auntie Evelyn has passed away.

Her life takes an unexpected upheaval and for the better or worse is left undecided until the close to the end of the book. To make things worse for Eve – Enter Jacques Glace. With his charm offensive hiked up to maximum plus some everyone loves him except for Eve. Playing detective she delves or at least attempts to into Jacques private life and makes a whole bunch of assumptions that drive her to accuse Jacques of some truly unimaginable things.

After giving up Eve’s Events, Winterworld is Eve’s new baby and she wants it her way or no way. Mr Glace will have to fit in somehow, or so she thinks.

If I told you anymore I would be giving away the entire story!

One of my favourite parts of the book has to be when Eve falls in love with the reindeer on her return to Winterworld. The description is wistful and sweeps the reader up in the romanticism of the moment. And believe me, there are many more romantic moments that will have you reaching for the tissues. Even though Christmas has just turned the corner on us and the New Year has begun this book makes me long for the Christmases to come.


wrapped up in you by carole matthews

This book is just so Christmassy and will make you feel all warm and gooey inside! Even though this book isn’t brand spanking new it is still most definitely worth a read. Check out my review by clicking the above image.

‘Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light.’ Albert Schweitzer


It’s Monday What Are You . . .


A Winter Flame by Milly Johnson

So far so good and almost finished so the review will be up ASAP! Just keep checking back.

Reading Next

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

Coco's Secret by Niamh Greene

I am looking forward to reading both of these books. Have you read either of them?

What are you reading?


jordans 1st pair

After returning from the US with this truly AWESOME pair of Jordan’s they are all I want to wear. Sadly they do not go with everything and I don’t want to wear them out quickly so they do go back in the box every now and then!

If you have Jordan’s – How do you wear yours? If you don’t buy some because they are über comfortable!

Skin Care

Ginger wake up shower gel

This delectable bathroom goody has made me want more than the regular three showers a day (it may seem excessive to some but oh well!). Have you tried it?

Hair Care


These bad boys have not only tamed my locks but also kept away the split ends and made my hair feel sleek. Very happy at the moment!

Listening to . . .

This is the clean version of the tune as I thought it was only appropriate for the blog. However if you would like to watch the original then please do find it on You Tube!
I listen to a variety of music but this song right now has made a regular recurrence on my playlist. What is on yours?



This show is highly addictive and there is something that I cannot identify about Benedict Cumberbatch that is just so HOT!

How is your Monday panning out?

Do let me know 😀monday love!

Festive Party Wants


Limited Edition Floral Lace Fit & Flare Skater Dress £59

Limited Edition Floral Lace Fit & Flare Skater Dress £59

This is what I wore to my work Christmas party. Granted it looked a lot different to the one on the model being that I am wider! It still looked presentable! And yes very short!

shoes back and side

These shoes are many years old but still have just that right level of jazz needed! Just what I needed for my Christmas party outfit to make the statement that I don’t only wear flat shoes and crocs (work gear!).

shoes to the side

Both pictures are a bit sketchy! Now although they are comfortable I managed to get 3 blisters which I am now sitting at home and nursing :(. A very good night however and one that I would do again if the chance came about once the blisters have healed!

Food & Drink

lanson black label 5 bottles

A favourite in our household and something that seems to always make its way into our fridge at this time of year.


Made for a light snack yesterday afternoon with my feet still aching these were the perfect treat. The whole family had a great time!


A Winter Flame by Milly Johnson

This was my Secret Santa gift from last years Broke & Bookish Secret Santa. It looks like a good seasonal book and it is a signed copy 🙂

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

As this book is being re-released my review will coincide with the release date. I am hoping I enjoy it as much as The Husband’s Secret.

What is on your Christmas list?

It’s Monday . . .

Good Morning with coffee

This week is a big one for me. My last four shifts at my current job before I am on annual leave over the Christmas period. This year I get to spend Christmas not only with my immediate family but with my lovely family that are from the US. Here I come Washington and NYC! Excited doesn’t even cover it!

Apparently it is freezing over there so I will be packing for the likes of the arctic and with some extra room for shopping (of course!). I will be travelling for the first time with my laptop and camera so I am hoping to get some amazing pictures. There are a couple of sights that I aim to see but I wont mention them just in case I don’t get the chance.

One thing that I will most definitely be indulging in is NY coffee. The atmosphere, the people, the weather and the decor out there will be extremely overwhelming – however it will be a very welcome sight.

Back to reality then . . .


Currently Reading

Inferno - UK cover

I am going to give this book another 4-5 days before I put it to one side. It has taken up so much of my time so far and it is not that I am not enjoying it I just think I should have finished it by now. The point where your dad is reading the same book and over takes you says something!

Up Next

A Winter Flame by Milly Johnson

Getting into the Christmas spirit is always a little easier when reading some light fiction about this lovely time of year and listening to christmas songs. That is exactly how I plan on getting through this book.

Secret Santa Gift 2012

This book was actually a gift from my Broke & Bookish Secret Santa last year – Sarah from Reader, Writer, Nerd. So what a better time to get stuck in.

Skin Care

Kiehls-Creme-de-Corps-Eric-Haze-editionI am actually in LOVE with this luscious skin cream as once I have applied it in the morning it works right hard through the day until I get home at night. The fact that the air system at work dries out my skin, hair and anything else that is exposed to it. It is a small wonder to find something that keeps my skin moisturised for more than 12 hours. Good job Kiehl’s!

What’s going on with you guys?