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A Review of A Festive Surprise

Cover of A Festive Surprise by Margaret Amatt
Cover of A Festive Surprise by Margaret Amatt

Book Blurb:

A Festive Surprise

She can’t abide Christmas. He’s not sure what it’s all about. Together they’re in for a festive surprise.

Ambitious software developer Holly may have a festive name but the connection ends there. She despises the holiday season and decides to flee to the remote island of Mull in a bid to escape from it.

Syrian refugee Farid has made a new home in Scotland but he’s lonely. Understanding Nessie and Irn Bru is one thing, but when glittery reindeer and tinsel hit the shelves, he’s completely bemused. Determined to understand a new culture, he asks his new neighbour to educate him on all things Christmas.

When Holly reluctantly agrees, he realises there’s more to her hatred of mince pies and mulled wine than meets the eye. Farid makes it his mission to inject some joy into Hollys’ life but falling for her is an unexpected gift that was never on his list.

As their attraction sparkles, can Christmas work its magic on Holly and Farid, or will their spark fizzle out with the end of December?

My Review:

This book takes place in Scotland, which sadly, I don’t think I have read too many books based in Scotland so this was a nice change for me! With that being said, the scenery was gorgeous described throughout this whole book.

We all know I love a good Christmasy romance, and this book gave me everything I could have needed in a Christmas romance. I love that Farid wants to understand Christmas and just his whole storyline. He is an a completely new world to him and must learn all of these new traditions that everyone seems to have that he doesn’t understand.

And of course Holly that doesn’t like Christmas but is willing to strike up a deal with Farid. These two unlikely companions meet in the middle and end up falling for each other. Is this book kind of predictable? Yes. Is that what I want with my Christmas books? Yes. I really enjoyed this book and the two main characters and the challenges that they are both facing and trying to overcome with each other.

I recommend this book to anyone that wants a fun Christmas read, a romance, or just wants a light-hearted book to read.

Picture of author, Margaret Amatt
Picture of author, Margaret Amatt

Author Bio:

Margaret is a writer, mummy, wife and chocolate eater (in any order you care to choose). She lives in highland Perthshire in a little house close to the woods where she often sees red squirrels, deer and other such tremendously Scottish wildlife… Though not normally haggises or even men in kilts!

She has published nine books and written many more. Margaret won a short story writing competition in 2012 and her winning entry was performed live to an audience at Pitlochry Festival Theatre as part of their Winter Words Event. This spring boarded Margaret’s journey from writing for fun to novel writing – though she still enjoys every minute of it.

Margaret is also a keen amateur photographer, who enjoys drawing, reading, and talking about books.


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