#bookreview Merrily Ever After by Cathy Bramley published by Orion


Two strangers. One big secret. And a Christmas to remember . . .

Merry has always wanted a family to spend Christmas with, and this year her dream comes true as she says ‘I do’ to father-of-two Cole. But as she juggles her rapidly-growing business, wedding planning and the two new children in her life, her dream begins to unravel.

Emily is desperately waiting for the New Year to begin, so she can finally have a fresh start. She has always put her family first, leaving little time for happiness and love. When her beloved father Ray moves into a residential home, she discovers a photograph in his belongings that has the potential to change everything.

As past secrets come to light, will this be a magical Christmas for Emily and Merry to remember?

My reading experience:

Firstly I would like to thank the author, publisher and Netgalley for my free ARC.

Two protagonists, Merry, business owner and happily in love with a divorced father of two, and Emily, struggling to juggle her working life with caring for her father. While Merry is getting a new family, Emily’s is coming apart once and for all. It seems unlikely that their paths will cross and yet somehow it is a reminder that we are all only ‘six degrees of separation’ away from each other.

I found both back stories quite heart-wrenching and was uncertain whether this book would be good for me. However, the subjects were dealt with in a careful, loving and light way and the story revealed itself to be like sunshine on water; sparkling and uplifting.

Set against the snowy backdrop of Christmas, this is a story of a twenty-first century family to warm your heart. I highly recommend Merrily Ever After by Cathy Bramley.


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