Title: It’s a Wonderful Night
Author: Jaimie Admans
Publisher: HQ Digital
Publication Date: October 5, 2018
Page Count: 384
My rating: 3 1/2 stars
About the book:
One night will change their lives forever…
Georgia Bailey is closing up her little charity shop in Oakbarrow when she gets a mysterious late night call from a stranger, threatening to jump off the town’s bridge.
Something about the man’s voice is faintly familiar but all she can do is stay on the line and after talking for hours, losing sense of time passing, coax him back from the edge.
The next morning, Georgia walks to work, buys a festive latte from Leo (who she’s had a crush on for months!) at the local coffee shop, and is shocked when she suddenly recognizes the voice from last night…
A heartwarming festive love story that reminds us that even in the darkest of times, hope is always just around the corner!
It’s a Wonderful Night by Jaimie Admans is a holiday contemporary romance. Now while the cover seems whimsical and fun this one actually is set on the rather tough subjects of suicide and depression. Getting many mentions in the book is the movie It’s a Wonderful Life and while this isn’t a direct retelling it’s similar in nature.
Georgia Bailey works at local charity shop in a small town in the area of a few still privately owned shops that are struggling to compete with the big chains. One night while working late Georgia gets a phone call from a man on the side of a bridge that has mis-dialed the suicide hot line. Instead of hanging up Georgia lends and ear to someone who obviously needs it and talks the man down.
The next day as Georgia heads into work at the charity shop she discovers that the man she has had a crush on that owns the local coffee shop is the same man from the phone call the night before. Knowing that he’s struggling to keep his shop open and hang onto hope Georgia finds herself jumping in and doing whatever she can to help him wthout giving away her identity from the call.
Now, before I say anything else I would like to point out that I’m not a huge fan of the overused hide my identity trope. I’m not sure why anyone would think not being honest is a good idea and a basis to form a relationship so I struggle with believability with this one. However, I am a fan of Jaimie Admans writing as she has a way with making her characters, story and setting quite charming and likable with a dash of humor and this was no exception thankfully. In the end I’d give this 3.5 stars as the identity angst lasted a little long in my opinion but that’s from one that would prefer it not be there at all.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via Netgalley.
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About the author:
Jaimie is a 32-year-old English-sounding Welsh girl with an awkward-to-spell name. She lives in South Wales and enjoys writing, gardening, watching horror movies, and drinking tea, although she’s seriously considering marrying her coffee machine. She loves autumn and winter, and singing songs from musicals despite the fact she’s got the voice of a dying hyena. She hates spiders, hot weather, and cheese & onion crisps. She spends far too much time on Twitter and owns too many pairs of boots.
She will never have time to read all the books she wants to read.
She has been writing for years but has only just plucked up the courage to tell people.
She is the author of chick-lit romantic comedies Kismetology and The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters, and young adult romantic comedies Afterlife Academy, Not Pretty Enough, and North Pole Reform School.
Find out more on http://www.jaimieadmans.com or find me on Twitter @be_the_spark