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January 6, 2024

Meet Me Under the Mistletoe by Jenny Bayliss ~ a Review

by Donna Huber

Elinor Noel—Nory for short—is quite content running her secondhand 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 two of her oldest friends invite their whole gang to spend the time leading up to their wedding together at the castle near their old school, Nory must prepare herself for an emotionally complicated few days.

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book cover of holiday romance novel Meet Me Under the Mistletoe by Jenny Bayliss
September 2022; G.P. Putnam's Sons; 978-0593422229
audio, ebook, print (432 pages); holiday romance

In 2022, I had a stack of Christmas books that I saved to read between Thanksgiving and the end of December. I saved one too many and I unfortunately did not get to read Meet Me Under the Mistletoe. I was determined to read it this year and on New Year's Eve, I finished the novel!

It is an enjoyable read. I really liked the characters. They are a bit eccentric but not over the top to seem ridiculous. I wouldn't mind seeing them again in a future book. Though Meet Me under the Mistletoe is a complete, stand alone novel. 

The setting is perfect for Christmas - a castle in a small village in the English countryside. I love it when gardens are featured in a book. 

This is a romance novel so there was the inevitable stumbling block that breaks up the couple. I knew what that obstacle would be, but it happens so late in the novel that I almost thought it wouldn't happen. Because it did happen so late in the novel, it is short-lived thankfully.

While it is set at Christmas, it isn't overall Christmasy. So you could read this any time of the year. If you are like me and missed it when it first time came out and aren't quite ready to say goodbye to the holidays, now would be a great time to pick up this book.

Donna Huber is an avid reader and natural encourager. She is the founder of Girl Who Reads and the author of how-to marketing book Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour.

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