Author : Julie Houston
Publisher : Head of Zeus
ISBN : 9781789542288
About An Off-Piste Christmas
The last thing Harriet Westmoreland wants is Christmas away from home, particularly when skiing, snow, heights and freezing her backside off are on the menu. While her own family, together with her best friend Grace's, are soon whizzing down ridiculously scary mountains in the fashionable Italian resort of Cortina d'Ampezzo, Harriet is stuck in the remedial class on the nursery slopes unable, it seems, to remain vertical.
Tired of trying to stay upright in the dunces' class, Harriet decides to overcome her fear of heights and take her bruised body off to explore the refugios in the magnificent Dolomites above Cortina. And maybe catch a glance of George Clooney, rumoured to be in town...
But what happens next triggers a totally unexpected avalanche of events which proves that, for friends Harriet and Grace and all their families, Christmas really is a time for little miracles...
A laugh-out-loud novella from the Kindle top 5 bestselling author of A Village Affair.
'A real page-turner. You'll laugh and cry, but not be able to put it down as Julie's trademark humour shines through from beginning to end' Cassam Book Blog.
'This is one of those novels that makes you want to read "just one more chapter" before you turn out the light, and that chapter turns into several more' Big Bertha, Amazon Top 500 Reviewer.
'I became so engrossed in this story I couldn't stop kept going for just another chapter, and another, until I'd read straight through to the end. I loved it the magic five for me, a wonderful read and one to keep for rereading' Jeannie Zelos Book Reviews.
'An absolutely briliant read. This will definitely be a book to look out for in 2016 and I, for one, will be recommending it at every opportunity' I Love Smart Books.
'A wonderful read ... The prose flows effortlessly and takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride ... Julie Houston is definitely an author to watch out for' Kathryn Hughes, Kindle #1 bestselling author of The Letter and The Secret.
'Stick this right at the top of your To Read List' BestChickLit.Com.
An Off-Piste Christmas Review
I bought this book purely on the basis of Julie Houston's previous novels without realising it featured the same characters; and it is fab-U-lous!! Harriet and Grace, along with their respective families - and friends - are heading to a very posh ski resort where they have been given the loan of an upmarket chalet. Whilst most of the party are thrilled at the prospect of flying down the snowy runs, Harriet is privately horrified at having to join the kids in the learners class and eventually decides that falling on her backside all the time is too much! Deciding to do a bit of sightseeing and exploring the numerous coffee shops whilst hoping for a glance of George Clooney, rumoured to be in the area, Harriet catches a glimpse of someone else - and not anyone she ever expected to see again. The repercussions are earth-shattering for all of them . . . For anyone who follows my reviews, you may remember that this particular author's writing has caused me to shake the bed with my laughter disturbing my husband's sleep on more than one occasion! I managed to avoid wakening him this time by dint of stuffing my hand in my mouth and shoving the thick winter duvet between us. Every time Grace began humming, I started giggling! This is a tremendously entertaining tale, beautifully written as always, and showing not only this author's skill but also her empathetic nature. I just loved everything about it and I'm so glad I spotted it for sale; unusually, I wasn't alerted to it's publication on social media and I would have hated to miss out on such fun and frolics. Worth all five glittering stars, and then some! I purchased this book; all stated opinions are entirely my own and completely honest.