Let It Snow – Beth Moran

Published By: Boldwood
Pages: 367
Released On: 30/08/2022

After the end of a long-term relationship, local weather girl Bea Armstrong has been avoiding her family, and their inevitable ‘I-told-you-sos.’ But with Christmas fast approaching, she is finally on her way home to Charis House, the school in Sherwood Forest that her mum and dad run in their old family home. And to top it all off, the insufferable Henry Fairfax – who her parents have always wanted her to marry – has also been invited. 

Relief comes in the shape of a last minute interview for her dream job. There are just a few minor problems… The interview is in Scotland, Bea has no car, and the snow is falling already. The only solution is for Henry to drive her – could this Christmas get any worse…

But during an unforgettable two day interview, a stay in a log cabin and a nightmare journey through the snow, Henry turns out to be nothing like she thought.  And when Bea’s first love and recent ex shows up, Bea has a difficult choice to make…

*****

Thanks to NetGalley and Boldwood for the advanced copy of this title in return for an honest review.

I really, really, really wanted to love this book. I like Beth Morgan’s writing and I love festive books so this should have been a knockout, but it just didn’t hit those heights for me. For a book advertised as a Christmas book, for me there just wasn’t enough of it. I feel you could pick up the main story and set it in any season and it would still make sense. If something is promoted as a festive book and has a wintery title and a front cover that screams Christmas, I expected something more.

I also disliked nearly every character. Henry was the exception, although at times he was slightly twee. But I couldn’t stand any of the others – for various reasons. Even the lead, Bea, didn’t do it for me. They had no endearing qualities, weren’t particularly nice in the book and they didn’t transcend well for me.

I also didn’t find the main story entertaining. I enjoy reading about professions I haven’t experienced, but there wasn’t enough about meteorology to be interesting and fascinating, but it wasn’t exciting enough to be a fun plot point.

Bea’s parents run a school for disadvantaged children but even that isn’t explored. It’s dropped in as and when it may help the main story move on, but I don’t see the point of having something like this – and other background plots that I won’t go into detail for fear of spoiling – if it’s only there as background noise. It felt a bit pointless.

There’s almost too much happening and not enough happening at the same time. It felt like too much was crammed in to the 300-odd pages, but nothing was really developed enough for me.

I wouldn’t necessarily say the writing was bad. And judging by the other pre-publication reviews, I am definitely in the minority. I just found it boring. Like I wasn’t fussed about what happened and that’s always a red flag for me.

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