Ava Bliss is a milliner, she makes hats, which requires some serious skill and she has her own business, but she is struggling to make ends meet. Not only that she has a horrible ex boyfriend making threats and it's nearly Christmas, something that doesn't hold dear to Ava. So when Sam Jermyn walks into her life, things may just start to turn around for Ava.
Despite the title of this book, this story isn't quite as lighthearted as it sounds as it deals with some hard issues like revenge porn which I have never come across in fiction before, and it definitely opened my eyes to this issue. It is dealt with very sensitively and you really understand what a horrible situation it can put people in. There was something very modern and up-to-date with this story, particularly around the issues of the power of the internet and how it can work in your favour or turn against you. There is also the struggle that Ava faces trying to get her business off the ground and you really can't help but feel for her especially as she is so talented.
I found I warmed to Ava quite quickly, but she did frustrate me a little, especially with the faux dating, but then I could understand why she was so reluctant to start a new relationship with someone. I also found the hat side making of things really interesting and did do a bit of googling with each hat she was making or describing. The supporting cast of characters was a real electic mix and I found that I particularly liked Ruby, the lovely WAG who had got on the wrong side of the press. I would have loved her to be my friend.
It isn't all hard stuff though as at the center of it all, there is there cosy loveliness that comes with it being Christmas time. There is also a lovely Christmas setting and it has definitely got me in the mood for the festive season. There is also light humour running throughout which brought a smile to my face and it didn't once feel like too tough a read.
A lovely festive read to curl up with over Christmas.
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