“ Author: Milly Johnson / Format: Paperback / Date of publication: 25 October 2012 / Genre: Modern & Contemporary Fiction / Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd / Title: A Winter Flame / ISBN 13: 9780857208989 / ISBN 10: 0857208989 „
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At this time of year every year, I start stocking up on Christmas books to get me in the festive spirit. One book which I recently read was this one by Milly Johnson; A Winter's Flame. I had previously read another book called 'An Autumn's Crush' by Milly Johnson which I had thoroughly enjoyed and so that was one of the main reasons why I chose this book; plus the fact that this book is quite Christmassy.
When I first started reading this book I thought that it was going to be very far-fetched and to be honest that did put me off a little bit, however I kept on reading and I am so glad that I did as I ended up loving this book. I love the plot; I think that is exciting and a bit different. I love the fact that it has a lovely Christmas theme which makes you feel all warm and fuzzy at this time of year, whilst at the same time the Christmas theme isn't too full on which means that you could actually read this book at any time of the year and not just at Christmas.
I loved the characters in this book; I thought that Eve was a lovely character and found her easy to relate to; even though she came across as being really grumpy you could just tell that she was misunderstood. I also liked Eve's friend Violet. As for Jacques - I wanted to hate him throughout the whole story but I just couldn't as there was something quite likeable about it. I would have preferred if there had been more of an explanation as to what happened to Eve and Jacques in the end. I know the ending was predictable but I would have liked if there had been more explanation rather than the brief ending we had as it still left me with questions.
The book is beautifully written. I love Milly's style of writing. She just grabs your attention from the first sentence and manages to keep it until the very last word. I found the descriptive writing in this book to be brilliant; the writing described the scenes well which let me imagine what they were like, yet at the same time it allowed me to imagine the scene perfectly myself. The writing was smooth and flowing which made is easy, light reading.
All in all, a lovely book to read in the run up to Christmas.
Thanks for reading!
Tis the season to be Jolly... but can Eve find happiness through the frost...? Eve has never liked Christmas, not since her beloved fiance was killed in action in Afghanistan on Christmas Day. So when her adored elderly aunt dies, the last thing she is expecting is to be left a theme park in her will. A theme park with a Christmas theme...
And that's not the only catch. Her aunt's will stipulates that Eve must run the park with a mysterious partner, the exotically named Jacques Glace. Who is this Jacques, and why did Aunt Evelyn name him in her will?
But Eve isn't going to back down from a challenge. She's determined to make a success of Winterworld, no matter what. Can she overcome her dislike of Christmas, and can Jacques melt her frozen heart at last?
This was such a fabulous Christmas read, I was giggling at some of the best parts of the book! I am a big fan of Milly Johnson's books, I adored reading White Wedding and I was glad to find out that Violet was appearing again in this new book yay!! So we start with Meeting the Lovely Eve who is awaiting at the solicitors to hear about Aunt Evelyn's will, when Eve finds out her aunt left her a theme park and also some money, but one catch..you have a handsome business partner too Jacques Glace, I just loved the chemistry between Jacques and Eve, I loved the way she misjudges him all the way hehe, You will understand when you read it hehe!
It was great to hear more about Violet who is Eve's cousin and Pav, it was cute to see their relationship develop more and more although I felt like i had bit all of my nails at one point in the book but then was so happpy :)
I also noticed Max and Bella from Milly's last book White Wedding also reappeared which was just fab!
My favourite character in this book would have to be Eve, she was just so brave but also had a frozen heart and hates Christmas because she lost the love of her life Johnathon on Christmas day and Her Fiance's family can't stand her and wouldn't even tell her where he was buried. So she was alone until she received the theme park.
I really did love this book and It was such a great Christmassy feel, I couldn't wait to snuggle up reading this, It was great with plenty of humour but also pulled at my heart strings a couple of times. I want everyone to grab a copy because you will not be disappointed hehe!
Milly Johnson is a new author to me, a friend of mine sent me White Wedding to read earlier in the year and just loved it so I couldn't wait to read another book by Milly so you can understand my delight when I found out she was releasing a Christmas themed book.
Having never been a fan of Christmas especially after her fiancé was killed in action on Christmas day imagine the thoughts that were going through Eve's head when she is left a Christmas themed theme park in her late aunts will!
The added mystery to Eve is that she has inherited the theme park along with a mysterious man whom she had never heard of, Jacques Glace. The last thing Eve wants is to be working alongside someone else let alone with anything to do with Christmas but never one to give up easily Eve is determined to get the theme park up and running her way and hoping to lose the mysterious Jacques in the process.
Wow, Wow, Wow. This was just spine tingly good! I am a huge fan of Christmas and I do love it when I pick up a book with a festive cover and actually get a festive feeling whilst reading, but this book gives you more than a little festive feeling. The author manages to describe a perfect Winter wonderland which manages to transport you into the setting so you really feel as though you are there watching each little detail of the theme park appear if there really was a place like Milly has created in her book here in the UK I would be on my way there now!
Rather than this book being a tale of a traditional Christmas this book instead creates the more magical and surreal side of Christmas which manages to bring out the child in each reader.
Once again the author creates a wonderful cast of characters some who have returned from the pages of White Wedding but please don't feel that you can't read this one without having first read White Wedding as this can easily be read as a standalone book as the characters who are from White Wedding are supporting characters in this book but having said that I would still head out and by both as they are both fantastic reads.
Eve has many sides to her character the true side to her we get to see and love and then there also is the cold and frosty side she saves for Jacques but seen as I am ever the romantic I was convinced it was a love hate relationship as both Eve and Jacques are truly lovely and warm characters I couldn't see a negative side to them.
Milly Johnson is fast becoming one of my favourite authors and she has won my heart with this book. This easily has to be one of my favourite ever Christmas reads.
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