Thursday, December 29, 2016

What Happens at Midnight by Laura Chapman - Review

Romantic comedy junkie Natalie lives out those fantasies in real life three New Year's Eves in a row when fate throws her together with the same handsome stranger. A heartbreaking turn of events leaves her swearing off of love, forevers, and the holidays (bah humbug). That is until the mystery man from her past reappears years later. Over a holiday season, Natalie struggles to reconcile the whimsical notions of her past with the practical sensibilities she has worked so hard to develop. With the countdown to a new year looming, she must decide whether or not she is willing to give happily ever after another shot.

In this holiday novella by Laura Chapman, celebrate the holiday season with a love story about second, and fifth, chances and learning to trust your heart.

My Review:

The story takes place over a period of years where the main characters, Natalie and Rob, coincidentally meet at a bar on New Year's Eve.  They don’t have contact the rest of the year as they never exchange phone numbers or even last names.  Both had goals they were working on and a relationship wasn't part of their plans.  One year they decide if they are both single and ready for a relationship on the next New Year’s Eve, they will meet again at the same bar.  But Rob doesn't show up and Natalie ends up heart broken.

A few years later, Natalie and Rob meet again when Natalie is invited by her best friend to have thanksgiving with her boyfriends' family.  It turns out Rob is part of that family.  Natalie and Rob get to know each other better and eventually decide to give love a chance.

This is a sweet novella about letting go of the past and learning to trust again.  I read it in one sitting.  Natalie is a true romantic and when her heart gets broke, I can’t help but feel bad for her.  I enjoyed the story and characters.  The fun ending was perfect for the story.  If you love romantic comedies, you will enjoy this book.