From the cover, It’s A Wonderful Night might look like a heartwarming romance – and there is definitely some of that – but it is so, SO much more.
Men’s mental health is brought sharply into focus, as is the dire state of our high streets and the power of friendship and importance of community.
Jaimie deserves full praise for tackling some very difficult subjects in a way that’s sensitive while still being entertaining and educational (although it doesn’t feel like you’re being lectured).
This is one of those books I know I will find hard to forget – and they don’t come along all that often.
Here’s the blurb:
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…
Here’s a shocking confession for you, especially at this time of year – I have never seen the film, It’s A Wonderful Life. Don’t worry, I’m going to put that right asap having been inspired by this book, which heavily references the movie. My lack of knowledge didn’t hinder my enjoyment, as any links to names and events are explained.
The story has a proper festive feel so if you’re looking for a feel-good book (with some more serious aspects) to read over Christmas, this might be the one for you.
While this was a 2018 release, I’ve only just come across it and I can’t wait to read more of this author.
Price: I bought it for 99p via Amazon.
My rating: Five stars.