A Bookshop Christmas written by Rachel Burton, publisher Aria, is available NOW in ebook, kindleunlimited and paperback format.
A Snowstorm. A stranger. A Spark. It should be the perfect start to the perfect love story.
But real life is far messier and more complicated than in the pages of the books in Megan Taylor’s family bookshop – the last few years have left this young widow in no doubt of that. Moving back home to York should have been a fresh start, but all it did was allow her to retreat from the world.
When prize-winning author Xander Stone rams his supermarket trolley into her ankles and then trashes her taste in books, Megan is abruptly awoken from her self-imposed hibernation. It’s time to start living again, and she’s going to start by putting this arrogant, superior – admittedly sexy – stranger in his place.
Just as she is beginning to enjoy life again, the worst happens and Megan begins to wonder if she should have stayed hidden away. Because it turns out that falling in love again is about more than just meeting under the mistletoe…
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A Bookshop Christmas is a delight to read from beginning to end. It's one of those books you settle into with ease and find yourself prolonging the story as you just don't want it to end. Blissful. When stories are set in a bookshop you know as a reader you are on to a winner, we love bookshops! This is Megan and Xander's story and if it wasn't for the bookshop their story wouldn't have begun. Megan lives and works at the bookshop which is nestled amongst the cobbles of York city centre and has been in Megan's family for two generations. Megan loved growing up amongst the books but she was pleased to grow her wings once married and move to London for work. Sadly, life hasn't been kind to Megan and the sanctuary of the bookshop has been helping Megan the last 3 years since the death of her husband. The bookshop comforts her and York holds many poignant memories of their courtship. Christmas is approaching and the bookshop is gearing up for the Christmas sales and a Christmas Eve party with a festive bookish theme. However, before that there's a big book launch event to look forward to. Xander Stone is the current big name in literature with his last book becoming a best seller. Anticipation for his new release is building and it is such a privilege for the bookshop to be involved in the launch. Megan and Xander's first introduction doesn't go to plan and Xander comes across as rude and obnoxious. However, as we get to see his vulnerable side we learn he has shared similar personal emotive events like Megan. A mutual understanding is reached between Megan and Xander but events in the past constantly battle with their conscious. Rachel Burton has written a gloriously romantic festive story that will have you swooning and sighing. However, in amongst the blossoming love we witness two people coming to terms with grief, anxiety and new beginnings. There is humour, warmth, sensitivity and a lovely feeling of hopefulness. I also appreciated catching glimpses of Ellie and Ben who we met in The Tearoom on the Bay.
About the author
Rachel Burton has been making up stories for as long as she can remember and always dreamed of being a writer until life somehow got in the way. After reading for a degree in Classics and another in English Literature she accidentally fell into a career in law, but eventually managed to write her first book on her lunch breaks. Now she writes from a small bedroom looking out over hydrangeas, lavender bushes and rambling roses, in a little house in Yorkshire that she shares with her husband and their three cats. She loves words, Shakespeare, tea, The Beatles, dresses with pockets and very tall romantic heroes (not necessarily in that order).
Find her on Instagram as @RachelBWriter or follow her blog at rachelburtonwrites.com.
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