Let It Snow by Sue Moorcroft
Publishing Date: 26th September 2019
Source: Received from the publisher via NetGalley, thank you!
Number of pages: 378
Genre: General Fiction (Adults), Women’s Fiction
This Christmas, the villagers of Middledip are off on a very Swiss adventure…
Family means everything to Lily and Zinnia Cortez and, growing up in their non-conventional family unit, they and their two mums couldn’t have been closer.
So it’s a bolt out of the blue when Lily finds her father wasn’t the anonymous one-night stand she’s always believed. She is in fact the result of her mum’s reckless affair with a married man.
Confused, but determined to discover her true roots, Lily sets out to find the family she’s never known – an adventure that takes her from the frosted, thatched cottages of Middledip to the snow-capped mountains of Switzerland, via a Christmas market or two along the way…
Lily Cortez and her sister Zinnia have been raised in a family with two mums, however Lily is shocked to discover that her father wasn’t – like Zinnia’s – an anonymous donor but her mum had an affair with a married man. She’s desperate to find her another family and it leads her to Middledip, where her half – brother Harrison Tubb is the owner of the village pub. She starts to work at the pub while also starting her own career as a designer of exhibition stands. She enjoy her life there, and getting to know her brother, even though she hasn’t found the courage to let him know they are family.
This is only one of the themes running through the story. Because of Tubb’s health scare, Lily finds herself working in the pub with a temporary boss Isaac, and almost immediately they’re attracted to each other but Isaac has a rule of not dating co – workers. There is also the Middledip choir which Lily is a part of and they’re travelling to Switzerland to sing at Christmas Fair there. And then there is also Lily’s family, falling apart. Puh.
I had a feeling that the book is repeating itself, over and over again. We were rambling about one and the same thing, the same event was told about again and again, and actually, for me, there was nothing happening. All the characters were too nice to be true, their actions didn’t feel realistic and spontaneous, and the dialogues sounded too wooden for my liking. The lack of action has been filled with descriptions of Switzerland, and as much as I love Switzerland in winter, it was too much, or with Doggo going in or out of his crate, and the main characters didn’t capture my attention. I’m sorry, but that’s the way I feel – but it doesn’t mean that you’re not going to love this book! I hope you will!
Lily and Isaac were nice characters, both with past, both with rules. However, Isaac was too perfect to be true, he always said and did all the right things, he was there when he was needed, he put his own needs aside and the only thing that he missed was probably a white horse. Zinnia was absolutely unlikeable character, already starting with the name, I mean, Zinnia? The way she treated her sister, blaming her for everything was horrible.
Nevertheless, “Let It Snow” was a lovely, steady winter read with a bit of romance and will they/won’t they, though it was not the most important part of the book. The most important part though, me thinks, were family bonds, acceptation, becoming a part of a group and I liked how Sue Moorcroft mixed lightness with the seriousness, and put a lot of care and love into her story. Because next to the whole drama there is turkey, snowballs, carols, a village pub and lots of snow.