This book did not fit any of my challenge criteria.
One night will change their lives forever…
Georgia Bailey is closing up her little charity shop in Oakbarrow
when she gets a mysterious late night call from a stranger, threatening to jump off the town’s bridge.
Something about the man’s voice is faintly familiar but all she can do is stay on the line and, after talking for
hours and losing sense of time passing, coax him back from the edge.
The next morning, Georgia walks to work, buys a festive latte from Leo (who she’s had a crush on for months!) at the
local coffee shop, and is shocked when she suddenly recognizes the voice from last night…
A heartwarming festive love story that reminds us
that even in the darkest of times, hope is always just around the corner!
What I liked:
I absolutely adore It’s A Wonderful Life. It’s one of my facourite Christmas films. When I heard this book would be in some way related to the plot of the film, it was an instant pick up for me. This book is so uplifting and hopeful. It’s perfect for a day by the fire with your fluffiest blanket, some tea, and a few biscuits.
The people of Oakbarrow will stay in your heart for a long time. No matter what life has thrown at them, the townspeople have held together which is such an admirable and heartwarming thing to see. I especially loved Bernard, a homeless man living in the community who really felt like the glue holding them all together.
This is a great book for lovers of nostalgia and home comforts.
Most powerful of all, this book is a great reminder that mental health issues are rife in men’s life. I hope it will be a conversation starter among book clubs and communities. Leo’s story was done with tact and care.
What I didn’t like:
There was very little I could fault with this book. Super comfy, super cosy, and incredibly festive. I barely wanted to put this down.
My only gripe is that it was maybe slightly on the long side, and some of the filler could easily have been knocked off.
Out of five?
Four. Grab a blanket, some mince pies, and get reading this festive beauty. When you’ve finished, pop It’s A Wonderful Life on.
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