Childhood friends Laurie and Rachel used to be inseparable - but their lives have taken very different paths since they picked up their A-level results together.
Now thirty-five, they have all but fallen out of touch; glamorous single girl Laurie is based in London and dedicated to her career in fashion; Rachel seemingly living the family idyll in Yorkshire.
But when Rachel's mother-in-law needs urgent treatment in London, and disasters at work and in her love life mean Laurie needs to flee, a house swap falls into place.
Soon gentle Rachel is far from the village bake sales, braving the city's mean streets while trying to keep her marriage and family together; while Laurie attempts to work an Aga, befriend the wary village locals - and forget the man who seems intent on breaking her heart.
Will their relationships survive this test? And will they make it home for Christmas?
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 368 pages
- Publisher: Quercus Publishing
- Publication Date: 25/10/2012
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781780876627
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Review by elliepotten
I'd originally bought this novel to read on the run-up to Christmas, but I didn't finish my previous book in time! So I read it over the New Year period instead, which suited me just fine. It's a lovely girlie festive read about two friends - country housewife Rachel and glamorous fashion designer Laurie - who end up house-swapping in the run-up to Christmas after Rachel's mother-in-law has to go for urgent medical treatment in London. Friendly Rachel, of course, blossoms in the city even as she struggles to keep her family together, while workaholic Laurie begins to reassess her priorities in her friend's little Yorkshire cottage. Sure, it's not the most spectacularly-written book I've ever read, but there's a dash of romance, plenty of quirky characters, some tear-jerking moments, an unexpected twist, and plenty of Christmas spirit, and I loved it!