From the author of The Twelve Dates of Christmas comes a romantic small-town holiday read about a bookshop owner and her unexpected reunion with a childhood enemy, told with Bayliss's trademark humor, warmth, and Christmas spirit.
Elinor Noel â€" Nory for short â€" is quite content running her second-hand bookshop in London. Forever torn between her working-class upbringing and her classmates' extravagant lifestyles at the posh private school she attended on scholarship, Nory has finally figured out how to keep both at equal distance. So, when her oldest friends invite their school gang to spend the days leading up to their wedding together at the school castle, Nory must prepare herself for an emotionally complicated few days.
The reunion brings back fond memories, but also requires Nory to dodge an ill-advised former fling. When she falls quite literally into the arms of Isaac, the head gardener with nothing but contempt for the â€˜snobby prep school kids', the attraction between them is undeniable. And as Nory spends more time with Isaac over the wedding festivities, she finds herself falling hard for the boy who used to throw mud at her and her posh friends.
As Nory and Isaac explore their common ground, pressures mount on all sides and Nory must decide what kind of life she wants to live and what sort of love is worth the riskâ€¦
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