December Meetings

We Met in December Book Cover We Met in December
Rosie Curtis
women's fiction, romance
Harper Collins, Avon

his December, unlucky-in-love Jess is following her dream and moving to Notting Hill. On the first night in her new house-share she meets Alex, the guy in the room next door. They don’t kiss under the mistletoe, but there’s still a spark that leaves Jess imagining how they might spend the year together – never mind the house rule against dating…

But when Jess returns from her Christmas holiday, she finds Alex has started seeing Emma, who lives on the floor above them. Now Jess faces a year of bumping into the man of her dreams – and, apparently, the woman of his.

Jess is determined to move on and spend the year falling in love with London, not Alex – but what if her heart has other ideas?

A gentle love story set in London across 12 months of the year.

A great reminder too of how difficult it is to live in London on a nurse’s salary or even that of a publisher’s operational organiser.

I loved the walks around and about as this is something I like to do too. There is so much hidden history that we forget about – Battle Bridge for instance – not a Civil War battle as so many thing, but Boudicca’s last stand, and then the places where there were spas – eg Sadler’s Wells. And if you look closely, you can find the rivers that used to flow into the Thames and that the Victorian’s culverted over but one still is visible under glass – if you know where to look.  And I do!

And yes, Little Venice is pretty but for me Camden Lock and the canals further along are better – Little Venice is too touristy and well aware of its idyllic setting..

So back to the book.

Nicely written, in a good style, gently telling how people learn to know each other and that friends make great romance buddies.

Cozy but understanding the life of the singleton at 30 and the difficulties of making ends meet when you change careers later in life.

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