This book is part of my 10 Christmas Books For This Holiday Season – 2022.
Looking for a cozy story that takes place during the holidays, but without the frills of the festivities? This book is it. Let It Snow takes place over the holidays, but the main focus is on Bea’s career, her romantic life, and the dynamics within her family. And snow. There’s lots and lots of snow in this story, as you’d expect from the title ☃️.
Bea Armstrong is a local weather presenter in Nottinghamshire, who’s been avoiding visiting her family since her recent break-up with her on-again off-again boyfriend. This Christmas, she’s decided to spend the holidays with her family at her parents’ home in Sherwood Forest. The problem? Bea loves Christmas. She also loves her family. But, that doesn’t mean she loves being with her family at Christmas. In fact, she’d rather avoid that if she can. I would too 😬.
When Bea arrives at her parents’ home just in time for pre-Christmas dinner, she’s annoyed to find Henry Fairfax sitting at the dinner table. The Fairfax and Armstrong families have been longtime friends, but Bea has always disliked Henry. What follows is a Christmas week Bea never saw coming, full of unexpected events and feelings. I enjoyed the settings, the atmospheric feel of the snow throughout the story, and the quirky characters throughout.
While this is a cozy story, it’s by no means slow or peaceful. This is actually quite a chaotic Christmas week for the Armstrongs! This story packs a variety of storylines and themes, and I didn’t necessarily enjoy that. While I enjoyed the story overall, I didn’t enjoy the many unrelated storylines going on at the same time. There are too many tangents, which created a lot of chaos and distraction for the main story. To avoid spoilers, I won’t go into the details of all the distracting events throughout.
The main storyline, is that Bea goes home for Christmas to spend time with her family. Soon after she arrives, she receives a call for a job interview in Scotland taking place the next day. The job interview is for the national weather broadcasting role; her dream job. Henry is the only one willing to drive her there (through all the snow of course). It’s through this unexpected opportunity to spend time together, that their views and feelings for each other change. If the story had stayed with focused on that storyline, I would’ve been happy, because it was all pretty interesting and entertaining. Especially the two-day job interview 😅. Instead, the main storyline became distracted with various tangents that kept popping up unexpectedly and caused unnecessary distractions.
Overall, this is a heartwarming story that reminds us family time during the holidays usually translates to chaos and unwanted attention. The more family members involved, the more distractions and opportunities for meddling into each others’ lives. Each year, though, what matters is everyone’s love for each other and commitment to celebrating together 🎄.
Have you read this book yet or enjoyed other books by Beth Moran?