*Thank you to Netgalley, Mills & Boon and Georgia Toffolo for my copy of ‘Meet Me In London’*
Aspiring clothes designer Victoria Scott spends her days working in a bar in Chelsea, and her evenings designing vintage clothes, dreaming of one day opening her own boutique. But these aspirations are under threat from the new department store opening at the end of her road. She needs a Christmas miracle, but one is not forthcoming.
Oliver Russell’s Christmas is not looking very festive right now. His family’s new London department store opening is behind schedule, and on top of that his interfering, if well meaning, mother is pressing him to introduce his girlfriend to her. A girlfriend who does not exist. He needs a diversion. Something to keep his mother from interfering while he focuses on the business.
When Oliver meets Victoria, he offers a proposition: pretend to be his girlfriend at the opening of his store and he will provide an opportunity for Victoria to showcase her designs. But what starts as a business arrangement soon becomes something more tempting, as the fake relationship starts to feel very real. But when secrets in Victoria’s past are exposed will Oliver walk away, or will they both follow their hearts and find what neither knew they were looking for…
I can’t explain how excited I was to find out Georgia was teaming up with Mills & Boon, to create the perfect Christmas romance and I can confirm, they most definitely, did not disappoint! Set in Georgia’s own hometown of Chelsea, we follow the life of Victoria – bar girl and fashion designer. I loved Victoria immediately, with her fashion sense being suited to the 50’s – a time and place I would have loved to have experienced myself – along with the fact that she taught underprivileged future teenage designers in her spare time, whilst also working her shifts at the bar AND designing her own stunning bridal collection on top of all that, this girl is an absolute angel!
Victoria and Oliver’s first meeting was a mixture of amusing and really cute – billionaire to the latest store opening up in their local area, Oliver was desperate to get his mother off of his back when it came to relationships, causing him to lie that he had a fiancé, which then led to him proposing to Victoria after his immediate fascination and attraction towards her. I absolutely adore fake dating tropes, so when Victoria and Oliver agreed to their fake engagement, in order to make one another happy, I was so excited to see their fake relationship grow in to something real and magical.
You could say Meet Me in London is a nice, quick, light-hearted, easy read, however, Georgia didn’t shy away from focusing on some difficult issues as well such as infertility and the loss of a loved one. I found myself resonating with Victoria a lot more than I thought I would, with her love for the 50’s and inability to believe somebody could possibly accept me and my traits – good and bad. Oliver handled Victoria’s situations as every man should and he really does have the most generous and kindest of hearts. A fictional man you can easily fall in love with. Both characters impacted one another’s lives in more ways than one and it was clear as day that this was meant to happen.
I couldn’t get enough of Victoria and her best friends either – whilst this book focuses on the possible love between Victoria and Oliver, I think the true love also lied within that friendship group of Victoria, Malie, Zoe and Lily. The tragedy and trauma those four girls went through created a bond nobody could ever understand but them. They have stuck together through and through, even when there was open doors to leave and I couldn’t have loved them more if I tried.
An absolutely stunning story filled with empowering friendships, chemistry that can’t be ignored and the most wonderful set of characters you could ever ask for.