Title: Let It Snow
Author: Beth Moran
Published on: 30 August 2022
Genre: Romance | Fiction
Local weather girl Bea Armstrong has been avoiding her family the end of her long-term relationship six months ago. But with Christmas fast approaching and the festivities at Armstrong’s Charis House, Bea has to face her family and probably listen to I-told-you-so’s.
She finally arrives at her old family home, looking weather-beaten, no thanks to the snowfall. She learns her parents have a guest for this Christmas. The insufferable Henry Fairfax, the son of Armstrong’s family friend and Bea’s “betrothed”.
Relief comes in the shape of a last minute interview for her dream job. But there is a minor problem. The interview is in Scotland that very evening, there is no car available and it has started to snow and will get worse by night. Henry offers to driver her to Scotland and bring her back to Charis House on Christmas Eve. 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…
I read Beth Moran’s Just The Way You Are a couple of months ago and was looking forward to reading more of her books. This particular genre is new to me and Beth Moran is an author whose books I have come to like.
I really loved the main character, Bea, and the challenges she faced. Bea’s parents aren’t happy about her career decision – weather girl at a local channel. Bea tries her best to make her family understand that her choices in life matter. When things went sideways with Adam, she started to avoid her family.
Adam was a student at Charis House, a school run by Bea’s parents. The school is well-known for giving children another chance to reform themselves – petty thieves to runaways. Bea’s friendship with Adam turned out to be something beautiful. But their journey so far was marred with trouble. Adam always put his music career before Bea and this resulted in multiple fights and breakups. But they always made up… Adam was quite good at convincing Bea that he loved her and she always fell for his ‘temporary’ charms.
Bea has had some trouble at work since her breakup with Adam. Her colleague suspects one of the new joinees (Summer) has hacked Bea’s emails, thus causing her to miss a few deadlines and important meetings. Bea has no idea that one of the national TV channels has shortlisted her for an interview – the email never appeared, you see. (Summer at work, perhaps?)
Henry offers to drive Bea to Scotland and bring her back home for Christmas Eve dinner. When the duo reach Scotland and the interview rounds begin, Bea learns a lot about herself – and the choices that she made so far. Henry and Bea are to share a room and this brings back some of teenage memories – especially the times when Adam put his needs before Bea’s and she felt helpless. Those were also the times when someone who supported her and that someone was Henry. Bea never saw it as Henry’s caring nature back them – she was disgusted by his very presence. But now, she feels different.
As the story proceeds, we see Bea juggling between her feelings for Adam and her newly-developed feelings for Henry. Then comes a shocking news – something to do with Charis House and this probably being the last Christmas at her old family home. So Bea decides to take matters into her own hands…
I really loved the way Henry and Bea grew closer – Bea had no idea she was falling for him until the very end. Speaking of ends, things were a little fast-paced – something to do with the ‘mystery’ that Bea was looking into. Then there is Adam appearing out of thin air (no, not literally!) and Bea wonders if it is worth giving him another (more like hundredth!) chance.
Let It Snow by Beth Moran is a feel-good story with oodles of charm and everything Christmassy. I enjoyed reading this book and I would recommend to those who are looking for an early Christmas read.
I received an ARC from Boldwood Books and NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion.