Book Review: One Snowy Week in Springhollow by Lucy Knott.


So here I am, writing another review for my amazing sister and her fourth book!! How awesome is this? I think my head is currently a jumbly mess of everything I want to say about this book, so bare with me, as I decipher everything into an orderly fashion, when all I really want to do is shout from the rooftops and ramble for days, all while doing my happy little book dance!!! I may just have to film something, because I really do need to get it all out and I can't type as fast as I think! :p


The Blurb.


When old friends return, sparks ignite this Christmas in Springhollow...

Tomboy Scarlett thought Devon would be her best friend forever. He was the only person in Springhollow who supported her ambitious artist dreams. But then one winter, Devon and his parents disappear without warning to start a new life in NYC and a devastated Scarlett is left alone to face her high-school bullies and overbearing mother.

Fast-forward ten years: Scarlett is playing it safe in her childhood village with a dull PA job and a wardrobe that passes her mother's old-fashioned standards. Meanwhile, Devon is a Hollywood heartthrob, starring in the latest superhero blockbuster. And he's finally coming home for Christmas...

Scarlett can't help blaming her former best friend for the way her life has turned out, but Devon's cheeky charm and gorgeous smile prove difficult to resist. Devon always did make her feel on top of the world, but Scarlett knows her heart isn't racing just because she has her friend back – is it mistletoe madness, or is she seeing Devon in a completely new light?

Scarlett hasn't taken a risk in years... but this Christmas of second chances could finally be her time to shine.


My Review.



I think it will be easier if I do this in points that I loved about it, so I can concentrate. First though, let me start by saying that I read this book twice while it was in various stages of editing and I was still super excited to read it when it came out. I made myself wait a few days even though I got an early copy on Netgalley (and ordered the kindle and paperback versions) because I didn't want it to be over and done with so quickly! Each and every time I've read it, it's given me the same warm, fuzzy, happy feelings in my heart!!

1 - The Characters.

They seem like a good place to start! :) I love Lucy's books, like LOVE them, because she always writes books that I want to see on the shelf and all of her books are different. Case in point, Scarlett and Devon. I'm not going to spoil the story, so I'm just going to give more of vague descriptions that you probably already know about. Scarlett and Devon are past twenty-five, love superheroes, comic books, skateboarding and still hold onto that childhood joy in life. Another reader said my thoughts exactly the other day when she said, "we rarely get to see these types of leading ladies in adult fiction." This is why I love Lucy's writing and the fact that she writes from the heart and goes with her passions, because I couldn't agree more. Take it from someone who practices dance routines to songs from TV shows that she is currently obsessed with, hops on a skateboard with her niece every now and again and loves the Marvel franchise x 3000 - we need to be seen too and this book is that! Long story short - the characters are awesome in every way, main and secondary. 

2 - Christmas vibes and setting.

If you're looking for a book that will make you feel all the joys of Christmas, with a small town that makes everything extra cosy, then look no further. Springhollow has everything you could possibly want from a town - a cute park with a gazebo that changes decorations for each holiday, a friendly library, family run bakery, historical buildings and much more. I adored being right in the middle of it and genuinely couldn't wait to pick up my kindle. Like I said, even when I was reading the first few edits, this festive charm was already there in abundance making me so excited to read the final version and to see this story out in the wild. Also, the treats and peppermint lattes will have you in the kitchen in no time. We made our own peppermint hot chocolate and gingerbread a few weeks ago because of it! 

3 - The story.

Again the story was something different for me and I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. There was something about Devon that was completely swoon worthy and loveable all at the same time. I think because he knew how he felt for so long, it just made it cute and sweet and I couldn't wipe the smile off my face when he was around. Scarlett had a journey that I could completely relate too from my high school experiences, plus being a twin, I know what it's like to have someone glued to my side, so then if I have to do something by myself a lot of and I mean A LOT of anxiety can ensue. It made me happy when Scarlett started to believe in herself and be her again and when she gets to a certain point towards the end I was like, "Yes!! You go Scar!"
Oh I also have to point out that there are flashbacks in this book to Scarlett and Devon's childhood and oh my goodness, Lucy is a genius, because these are hilarious!!! One of them was in the very first three chapters when she started writing it a year ago and I think I laughed for a good ten minutes that my husband was just looking at me smiling - it still gets me every time! 

4 - The Message.

So, we have a leading lady who doesn't fit the 'usual' boxes and we have a superhero theme running throughout this adult romance. Already it's something different and right up my alley, then to make it that much better, Lucy had a kick ass message about never being afraid of being who you are and never letting anyone stop you passionately pursuing what you love. As someone who has never had a problem with the latter, but quite often had to take a lot of stick for it, especially in high school, I can't tell you how much Scarlett's story meant. Once again Lucy managed to write a story inspired by certain real life scenarios - I should know, I was there with her in high school - and turned it into one that is empowering, fun, bold, unique and special. There were moments even I had to stop and say out loud "did my sister really write this?" - I kid...she knows I'm joking, but honestly I'm so impressed. The message is fantastic and the way it's written is perfect to me! 

Final thoughts are that 'One Snowy Week in Springhollow,' is a super read, quite possibly Lucy's best yet! It's full of happiness, joy, strong messages, heart-warming friendships, snow, festive fun, hilarious flashbacks and enough superhero references to keep this nerd satisfied!

Pick up your Kindle copy today! 
Paperback out 7th January! - I am beyond excited for this one to go on my shelf!! 

Happy Reading!
Love, 










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