Meet Me Under the Mistletoe
by Jenny Bayliss
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Pub Date 27 Sep 2022 | Archive Date 31 Dec 2022
PENGUIN GROUP Putnam, G.P. Putnam's Sons
Elinor Noel—Nory for short—is quite content running her secondhand bookshop in London. Forever torn between her working-class upbringing and her classmates’ extravagant lifestyles at the posh private school she attended on scholarship, Nory has finally figured out how to keep both at equal distance. So when two of her oldest friends invite their whole gang to spend the time leading up to their wedding together at the castle near their old school, Nory must prepare herself for an emotionally complicated few days.
The reunion brings back fond memories, but also requires Nory to dodge an ill-advised former fling. When she falls quite literally into the arms of Isaac, the castle’s head gardener, who has nothing but contempt for the "snobby prep school kids," the attraction between them is undeniable. And as Nory spends more time with Isaac during the wedding festivities, she finds herself falling hard for the boy she used to consider an enemy. Nory and Isaac explore their common ground, but pressures mount on all sides, and Nory must decide what kind of life she wants to live and what sort of love is worth the risk . . .
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Average rating from 402 members
Loved this. It’s nice reading about normal flawed humans instead of perfect fake mannequin types. The friendships were lovely and everyone supported everybody else so well. The writing flowed naturally and was a joy to read. I wouldn’t mind reading more about these characters, a series maybe?
When I read A Season for Second Chances by Bayliss I instantly loved her work.
Meet Me Under the Mistletoe is just as great as her last novel!
One of the things I can always count on in a Jenny book is exceptional storytelling.
The characters are always well defined and realistic.
I didn’t want to put this book down, I loved the setting, the community spirit, the characters Isaac and Nory. Meet Me Under the Mistletoe is such a cosy read to curl up with.
A great balance of humour, feel-good warmth and great story-telling.
This is a sweet, charming, and the perfect winter read.
“I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.”
G.P. Putnam's Sons,
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