Welcome to my stop on the tour for Bells and Bows on Mistletoe Row by Emily Harvale.
Bells and Bows was published on 5th November 2018.
It’ll take a miracle to make Juliet’s Christmas merry, but Mistletoe Row is the place to be when you need some Christmas magic.
The last person Juliet Bell expects to see when she returns home for Christmas is Harrison Bow. Especially with the most beautiful woman in the world by his side. Twenty years ago, Juliet and Harrison had the shortest romance in history, consisting of one date – and one blazing row. But Juliet will never admit when she’s wrong, and Harrison doesn’t forgive easily, so they haven’t seen, or spoken to one another since.
Harrison Bow vowed he’d never visit his grandfather at The Grange, again, or drive along Mistletoe Row, the scene of one of the unhappiest times of his life. He hasn’t been back for twenty years and he’s only here now because his brother pleaded with him to come. At least with his executive assistant joining him, he’ll be able to do some work.
But Juliet’s sister, Zoe and Harrison’s brother, Luke have some surprises in store for their elder siblings, and so it seems does Fate. After Harrison risks his life to save Juliet, the least she can do is be nice. The problem is, Harrison is hotter than the log fire in The Mistletoe pub, and when she’s surrounded by twinkling lights and softly falling snow, it doesn’t take long for her to realise she’s in love with the man she thought she hated. Even if he doesn’t appear to be in love with her.
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A big thank you to Rachel at RaRaResources for my review copy of the book and for inviting to take part on the blog tour.
Emily Harvale is becoming my go to author for a lovely Christmas story that I know I will thoroughly enjoy and become fully immersed in! This was no exception.
Bells and Bows is the perfect book to get lost in during the hectic build up to the festive period. Although this was set during the build up to Christmas (and I read it in November…!), I felt as though I was experiencing it along with the many wonderful characters that pop up. Although this is a standalone novel, it was lovely to read mentions of the other locations and characters of some of her previous books (mainly the Michaelmas Bay series which are superb!)
We follow Juliet Bell who is spending the Christmas holiday with her family. Having being recently made redundant she is reluctant to have to move back home especially when she discovers that Harrison Bow is also making an appearance! We learn about Juliet and Harrison and how they were perfect for each other as teenagers but after a misundertanding they cut off all contact for nearly twenty years. Drastic!
As the storyline develops we come to read more about the past mishaps that has stopped Juliet and Harrison realising what everyone else has always known – they are perfect for each other! As they slowly start to become friends again, various other characters pop up to make things ‘slightly’ more difficult for them. Obviously with a character name Juliet, you can’t have things running smoothly can you?!
Emily Harvale has written a truly wonderful story that will make you smile as you become enveloped in the warmth of the characters and their lives. She writes them so well that they could be people you are friends with. The village sounds absolutely beautiful and the author has managed to conjure up some lovely visions of the picturesque locations, from the local shop to the charming sounding Mistletoe Row where Juliet lives with her family.
I really hope this isn’t the last we hear of from Mistletoe Row as I think there are some fascinating stories still to be told!
An absolute joy to read from start to finish – I can’t recommend this enough.
To follow the rest of the blog tour……
About the Author
Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now spends her days writing… and chatting on social media. Emily is a Member of the SoA, a PAN member of the RWA and a Pro Member of ALLi. She’s an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. Emily loves writing and her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.
Emily says, “I write about friendship, family and falling in love. I believe in happing endings.” When she isn’t writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid both.
Social Media Links – https://www.facebook.com/emilyharvalewriter