Ruby Oldbridge needs to learn to take her own advice.
A brilliant counsellor at work in York, she is however floundering in her own life. Her romantic track record is woeful, her finances are in a pickle, and she’s back in a house-share after splitting up with her useless ex.
But one thing Ruby is brilliant at, is helping other people find a way through their problems, and she excels at the job she loves, doing just that.
Happy-go-lucky, Mr Positivity, Zac Drewe also loves his job – the trouble is, it’s the same as Ruby’s, and the management have decided to ‘rationalise’ their department. There’s only room for one of them.
As the snow and winter close in on York, Ruby and Zac have everything to lose, and Ruby starts to wonder if the happy face Zac shows the world, might be disguising a sadder secret.
Set against one another, they are unlikely friends. But perhaps, if they could take the time to understand each other, they might discover that rather than rivals, they could be the best thing that ever happened to one another…
This story introduces us to Ruby and Zac, two individuals who are thrown together when their respective companies are merged together and they find themselves competing for the same job. Ruby is reluctant to get to know the man who could potentially take away the job she has worked hard at over the years, but as fate would have it, she is forced towards Zac and before long a tentative friendship begins to form between them.
Set in the beautiful town of York at Christmas time, this book certainly brings a bit of magic into your life. Jane Lovering has such a wonderful way of combining romance with some much deeper issues, and in this book we find ourselves exploring the topics of anxiety and depression that our lead characters have experienced in either the past or present tense.
Ruby and Zac are both fascinating characters who become relatable to the reader from the start. I adore how these lead characters are flawed and far from perfect, something that makes them all the more relatable to the reader and allows you to connect with them on a whole new level.
Despite the harder topics that this book tackles in such a sensitive and understanding way, the romance that blossoms between Ruby and Zac is so beautiful to follow. After them being thrown together in the most awkward of circumstances, they somehow manage to forget about the expected rivalry that should be present between them and instead allow their walls down as they get to know one another properly.
This is another breathtakingly beautiful story by the wonderful Jane Lovering that will stay in my mind for a long time to come.
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About the Author
Jane Lovering is the bestselling and award-winning romantic comedy writer who won the RNA Novel of the Year Award in 2012 with Please Don’t Stop the Music. She lives in Yorkshire and has a cat and a bonkers terrier, as well as five children who have now left home. Her first title for Boldwood will be published in September 2020.
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*Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources, Boldwood Books and Jane Lovering for providing me with a gifted copy of this book in return for my honest review. All thoughts are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.*