[BLOGMAS] BOOKMAS DAY ELEVEN: BOOK REVIEW: CHRISTMAS IN CHAMONIX BY SASHA WAGSTAFF

*Thank you to Sasha Wagstaff, Canelo and Netgalley for my copy of this book*

Lily Jackson loves Christmas. She also loves her childhood friend Jamie, but when her plan to kick-start their romance goes drastically wrong and her job gets her down, Lily decides it’s time to make changes. A job opens up in snowy Chamonix and egged on by her best friend Imogen, Lily decides to go for it.

As Lily settles in with the eccentric Devereux family at their gorgeous boutique ski hotel, she starts to confront her past. But when she meets handsome ski instructor Luc, who hates Christmas, Lily might have taken on more than she can handle.

Can Lily make a new life – with or without skis? And can she get Luc to see how truly romantic Christmas can be?

Another wonderful story from Sasha, I loved everything about this book from the descriptions of Chamonix to the dishy male lead, Luc! Can we also please talk about the absolute gorgeous cover? The ski lodge, the snow blanketed on the mountains, the Christmas decorations… If that doesn’t draw you in then I can tell you now, Sasha’s style of writing and humour will have you hooked. 

Everyone you meet throughout Lily’s story are just absolute gems, making her move to Chamonix that much easier. I want to spontaneously move there now! Imogen, Lily’s best friend, was so fun, always had a bit of gossip to give out and continuously had Lily’s best interests at heart. I rooted for Imogen as much as I rooted for Lily, as she also got her happy ending. 

Speaking of happy endings, Luc was a very intriguing male lead who most certainly had his mysteries and a strong hate for Christmas. It’s crazy to even think there are people out there who hate Christmas, although, when Luc opens up to the reason why, you will just fall in love with him more. 

I loved the scenes where Luc and Lily were having their private ski lessons, as he was so patient with her and never pushed her to go further than she wanted. He was very respectful towards her fear of heights and did everything he could to help her conquer it. Although this story didn’t help my fear of skiing, the setting was so idyllic and there was so much for everyone to get involved in – it seemed like the perfect way to spend a Christmas. 

It was the perfect, light-hearted Christmas read with all the snow, the delicious warm foods, the romance floating in the air and of course, the ski resort made it that much more. Lily’s development was a complete joy to read about; after admitting to her best friend that she had feelings for him and having her heart-broken, she discovered new-found confidence in herself and met the man that was truly right for her instead.

I thoroughly enjoyed ‘Christmas in Chamonix’ and will be keeping an eye out for Sasha’s next book!

Shelby x

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