Friday, November 16, 2018

Walking in a Winter Wonderland by Claire Castle Release Blitz

Colton Dawson is miserable this holiday season. Those he’d loved the most are no longer in his life. With one disappointment after another, how can he possibly get into the Christmas spirit? Maybe a change of scenery—a new place to put down roots—is just what he needs for a second chance to find some happiness.

Winterbourne Vale is only too happy to help his much-loved aunt and uncle run their café in Canada while on his short December break—even if it means leaving his home in the United Kingdom. After a defeated-looking Colton walks into the café, Winter is determined to lift his spirits.

Can Colton and Winter’s Christmas happiness continue long after the gifts are unwrapped and the decorations are stowed away?

Walking in a Winter Wonderland is holiday treat filled with special ornaments and glistening snow, hot tea and cold-weather kisses, along with some sexy shenanigans and plenty of holiday cheer.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is a sweet and fluffy romance about an artist and a writer who meet in snowy Banff just before Christmas. It’s a modern fairytale with lots of snow and a charming holiday town.

Winterbourne and Colton are both likeable characters. Colton is grieving his grandmother and a recent breakup and Winter is supporting his aunt’s business through the holiday period. And while I liked both men, I didn’t feel like I really got to know either man well. Their interactions are cute and their activities are predictably festive. I’m not sure how many young men enjoy Christmas fairs and afternoons baking together but their festive activities set the scene for a frothy Christmas romance.

I’m not sure about the actual relationship building in this story. The love at first sight thing is really cute and it works in a cute Christmas story. However, it feels like the actual relationship building between love at first sight and happily ever after is missing.

I really didn’t get on with the writing in this book. I felt like much of it was overwritten with painfully slow descriptions of mundane activities. I’m fairly certain that Colton and Winterbourne are both supposed to be young Millennials but much of the dialogue between them could belong to characters several decades older. I’m not sure I’ve ever heard a 20-something man respond with “Goodness, no.” to anything. Ever. Also, as a Canadian who has lived in the UK for nearly two decades, Winter’s British slang and his cultural references don’t ring true. However, I’ve also never known a Canadian who has bought a tree and all the trimmings at The Bay. Or called it ‘The Hudson Bay Company.’

Claire Castle grew up surrounded by books. She has loved reading for her whole life. Her true love is romance and HEAs. When she’s not reading or writing, she can be found wearing comfortable leggings, drinking mocha and petting her west highland terrier. She loves collecting awesome mugs and paperbacks of her favorite stories.

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