I am absolutely delighted to be a part of the publication day book blitz for Snow-Kissed Proposals by Jenni Fletcher & Elisabeth Hobbes. I am super excited to be sharing my review for these two beautifully festive novella’s. Firstly, thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite to this tour.
About the Book
Snow-Kissed Proposals by Jenni Fletcher & Elisabeth Hobbes.
Genre: Historical Romance
A snowy Victorian Christmas Two festive short stories!
In The Christmas Runaway by Jenni Fletcher, willful, independent heiress Fiona MacKay impulsively runs away to a remote Scottish tower, where she’s trapped in the snow with equally headstrong, deliciously disheveled Angus Drummond.
In Their Snowbound Reunion by Elisabeth Hobbes, Amy Munroe and Anthony Matthews were cruelly parted fifteen years ago, and each blames the other. When Amy becomes Anthony’s new housekeeper, their passion is reawakened!
Purchase Link – getbook.at/SnowKissedProposals
“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…..”
I am a bit of a cynical Scrooge when it comes to Christmas, but my goodness, even I am feeling all the festive magic after reading this joyful book. I am in love!!
I feel as though I have been waiting for this book without even knowing I was waiting for it. Two of my favourite historical authors together bring all the Christmas cheer and hope and joy of the season, with two beautifully charming stories which have warmed my slightly Scrooge-like heart.
Two short Christmas novellas are beautifully wrapped up with a big red glittery bow, tied with love and snow-flecked for extra festive charm. And that is just the cover!!
I have just realised how whimsical I am sounding, but it’s Christmas, I’m allowed to, right?
The first story is The Christmas Runaway by Jenni Fletcher and it’s the perfect Christmassy enemies to lovers story, Fiona has run away, she is trekking through the Scottish wilderness to a friends home when she is come across by a rough, Whisky soaked, stubborn, rude and ridiculously handsome twinkly-eyed Scot. Who just happens to be the brother of her best friend. These two don’t exactly get off the best of starts, I always like a good head butting with characters but that soon fizzles from annoyance to friendship too much, much more.
I like how the author educates those of us (I mean me) who are terrible with pronouncing names, seriously I am awful I would have been calling Mhairie (Mary) if Jenni Fletcher hadn’t been kind enough to add the proper pronunciation in the authors note. Big thumbs up from this reader!!
Can I just take a moment to compose myself after ‘meeting’ the deliciously dishevelled Angus Drummond……deep sigh!!! That first glimpse of him is very Jamie Fraser, him looking all dirty and ruffled, I can almost hear that strong Scottish brogue while I read every time he opens his mouth. I do love a rugged Scotsman!
The second story is; Their Snowbound Reunion by Elisabeth Hobbes is a gorgeous second chance romance that can resonate with so many. Amy and Anthony were childhood sweethearts only for them to part ways, a parting which left ugly scars on both there was a lot of hurts which laid buried. Fifteen years later, both widowed, I love that these aren’t your typical young bucks/debutantes they are people who have experienced what life has thrown at them, they are older and wiser and fate decides that they need to be together.
This story is jammed with emotion, there is a lot of misunderstanding between Amy and Anthony they still hold those long-forgotten feelings from all those years before, once Amy takes the position of being his housekeeper those old buried feelings return to the surface. It’s the second chance that neither expected but both deserved that is they can but the hurt behind them and walk forward. Amy and Anthony are wonderful characters, you can’t help like them and will them to find their happiness.
I have to be honest and say that the settings in both stories did steal my attention away from the couples far more than it should have been stolen. I have always been drawn to both north Scotland and Derbyshire, the beauty, the history and the open spaces have always appealed to me, I have yet to visit either and I doubt I will see either anytime in the next forty years. But this book transported me to these magical places, Hobbes and Fletcher use their abundant and insightful knowledge and their mesmerising descriptive writing to bring the stories alive.
This little book is cute and cosy, it warms the cockles, it makes you want to be snowed in somewhere, sitting before a roaring fire with the dogs at your feet while comfort eating far too many Jaffa cakes. I may have just described how I actually read this, except being snowed in and the roaring fire but you get the gist.
Can I take a moment to share some serious cover love? I have so many heart eyes for this cover, it’s captivating and works beautifully with the stories within the pages. Even though I would say it reflects the first story; The Christmas Runaway by Jenni Fletcher far better, I see Angus and Fiona in the models. But, it really is beautiful!
Overall, these are two beautiful stories set around the festive season and believe me, both stories have all the seasonal cheer, with characters you becoming completely invested in and heroes you will fall head over heels in love with. You are whisked away to two dramatic and incredibly beautiful settings firstly to bonny Scotland and then to inspiring Derbyshire. What more could you want?
About the Authors
Jenni Fletcher is the award-winning author of 15 historical romances. She has been nominated for 4 RoNA Awards and won the Libertà Books Shorter Romantic Novel Award in 2020. She lives in Yorkshire with her family and can be contacted via Twitter @JenniAuthor.
Elisabeth’s writing career began when she finished in third place in Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write contest in 2013. She was offered a two-book contract and consequently had to admit secret writing was why the house was such a tip. She is the author of numerous historical romances with Harlequin Mills & Boon covering the Medieval period to Victorian England, and a Second World War romantic historical with One More Chapter. She lives in Cheshire because the car broke down there in 1999 and she never left.