Under the Mistletoe tells the story of the second chance romance between Laurel and Grady. They had been on the verge of a relationship when teenagers but something happened which meant Laurel chose to leave the village of Middledip. She has only returned as her sister has problems she needs supported through. Laurel had never planned to return to Middledip and when she sees Grady again, all kinds of emotions come to the surface. Traumatic events from the past come back to the fore in ways Laurel didn’t expect. Family relationships can be complicated as we all know and that certainly is the case here. Although this is the story of a rekindling a relationship, darker issues are explored such as agoraphobia, bullying and infertility. Sue Moorcroft weaves them into the narrative in a very natural way which makes her characters feel fully rounded real people.
As always, the characters are really well drawn. They’re not perfect by any means. Laurel’s refusal to even consider an apology did annoy me a little at times but then, I haven’t experienced what she did. You get really involved in the characters’ lives and their actions seem utterly believable. There are some nasty characters in the book too but they’re not unbelievable pantomime villains. Again, the author shows that everyone is a mix of good and bad and that even the characters who seem unlikeable at first can have reasons for their actions.
Through a festive project, we get a really interesting insight into what life as an artist is like. I loved the idea of the community coming together at Christmas time to create art all over the village. In our streets last year, we did Advent windows and a different window was revealed each day in December. The pictures below show the windows my talented daughters created.
Under the Mistletoe has a powerful message about the healing effect forgiveness can have for both sides. It’s a convincing story of two people working through their difficulties and I liked the way that everything wasn’t resolved in a simple fashion. It was clear that going forward there would still be some tricky times but that with the help and support of family and friends, progress could be made. Above all, this is an emotional and engaging love story and just the kind of feel-good book to curl up with over the festive period.
About the book
Christmas. A time for family, friends – and rekindling old flames…
When Laurel returns to the village of Middledip, she’s looking for a quiet life. Adjusting to her recent divorce, she’s ready to spend some time getting back on her feet amidst the glorious snow-dusted countryside.
Yet, life in Middledip is far from straightforward. Coming to the aid of her sister, Rea, as she navigates her own troubles, Laurel barely has a moment to think about where her own life is going.
However, time stands still when she sees her old flame, Grady Cassidy – and it’s soon as if they’ve never been apart. But through her happiness, Laurel remembers why she left the village all those years ago, as she recalls a dark night and Grady’s once-wayward brother, Mac…
Can Laurel learn to forgive and forget? Or will her chances of Christmas under the mistletoe with Grady remain a dream?
About the Author
Sue Moorcroft is a Sunday Times bestselling author and has reached the coveted #1 spot on Amazon Kindle UK as well as top 100 in the US. She’s won the Goldsboro Books Contemporary Romantic Novel Award, Readers’ Best Romantic Novel award and the Katie Fforde Bursary. Sue’s emotionally compelling, feel-good novels are currently released by publishing giant HarperCollins in the UK, US and Canada and by other publishers around the world. She’s also well known for short stories, serials, columns, writing ‘how to’ and courses.
Born in Germany into an army family, Sue spent much of her childhood in Cyprus and Malta but settled in Northamptonshire, England aged ten. She loves reading, Formula 1, travel, time spent with friends, dance exercise and yoga.
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