Monday, November 16, 2020

Review: Christmas at Willoughby Close (Return to Willoughby Close Book 3) by Kate Hewitt


Belinda ‘Lindy’ Jamison has moved to the Cotswolds for a fresh start and to open a dancing school—her lifelong dream. Pushing forty and still looking for Mr. Right, Lindy is determined to no longer wait for happiness but to reach for it with both hands. So she packs up her life and heads south to Wychwood-on-Lea to start up her school.

Soon Lindy has a motley crew of would-be dancers. But her most intriguing pupil is Roger Wentworth, a fortysomething bachelor with a shy and awkward manner, but a heart of blazing gold. When Lindy decides to showcase her pupils in a Christmas show, Roger is deeply reluctant but finally agrees. Lindy longs to bring Roger out of his shell—but she didn't expect to fall in love with him in the process.

Soon it is Roger teaching her how two lonely hearts might be able to embrace a second chance this Christmas...if they can just believe they're both worthy of love.


My Review:

An emotional Christmas romance.

Reading one of the Willoughby Close books always feels like visiting old friends.  The characters really come to life and the picturesque town of Wychwood-on-Lea could almost stand as a character on its own. 

In this book, we meet Lindy, who left her job to open a ballroom dance school, and Roger, who’s dying mother wishes for them to take dance classes together.   Roger has two left feet and Lindy has quite the challenge teaching him, but they become good friends through the lessons.  When a tragedy strikes and Roger insists on being there for Lindy, their friendship becomes stronger.  It took some time as Lindy and Roger to become romantically involved as they both had fears that held them back from it.  But when it finally happened, they gave it everything they had.

This was a fun book read even though it had some emotional parts.  I like the quirkiness of the characters and the friendships they built.  Even though this book is part of a series, it can be read as a stand-a-lone. 


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