Sue Moorcroft, YOU ROCK! Well, the cover is way too pink and tacky for my taste, but the novel between the book covers is simply phenomenally good! I'm excited. I laughed and cried so many tears. I could have slapped a certain person left and right while I would have liked to see more of the Pup quiz. The rest of the novel presented one great scene after the other and at the end, it was one big happy Christmas. Thank you for the fantastic reading pleasure.

by Sue Moorcroft
Translation Tanja Hamer
Original Title A White Christmas On Winter Street
Publisher Fischer TB on September 27, 2023
Genre Novel
Pages 456
Format Paperback
Source Fischer TB

When Sky quits her job, she buys a house in Middledip. She had her best Christmas in the village. She wants to rearrange her life and is looking forward to a quiet celebration. But the residents are in the middle of preparing for the Christmas lights competition. Sky also has to make her house and garden shine in a brilliant sea of lights. She gets help from the attractive Daz, who she soon sees as more than a neighbor. As the two get closer, Daz's ex-girlfriend shows up. Will a Christmas fairy tale come true for Sky in the snowy Middledip? (personal translation by ©Vi at Inkvotary)
The moment Sky sits in the auction house and the corner house is auctioned off; Sky knows that she absolutely has to have the house. All of her positive memories lie there, and her foster mother, Nan Heather, is the epitome of what a loving mother is to her. When she can finally call it her own, she moves in and begins to live her dream of owning her own home.

The writing style is simple and simple. The feelings between the lines are highly emotional, disturbing and sometimes very desperate. And the moment when the main character finally sits in the auction house and buys a house that her boss actually wanted was the best moment for me up to that point. I couldn't help but laugh at that. From then on, the author fires off fireworks not only of emotions, but also of delicious scenes and dialogues that have it all. I didn't know Sue Moorcroft could write like that!

From a fraudster to a complaining old woman to a clever eleven-year-old boy, there is everything the character box has to offer. And Sky, the main character, tops everything.

Sky didn't have an easy childhood. Her mother was an alcoholic and so Sky quickly learned about the negative sides of life. At sixteen she left home and was placed in foster care. One of them was Nan Heather and it was there that Sky experienced something like a normal family life for the first time in her life. Including a nice Christmas. Sky remembered all of this when she bought the corner house at auction. I was impressed by the way she approached the renovation sustainably and with enthusiasm. How she lives her principles and starts making friends.

Great Christmas novel! I am absolutely thrilled. Depending on the situation, I suffered along with the characters, cheered along or laughed along with them. The author conjures up scenes and images on the paper, just great. For me, this is the author's best novel to date. Both in terms of rating and content.

Happy reading

*Fischer TB kindly provided me this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Thank you. Therefore, the cover of the German edition is shown first in this review.

Deutsche Rezension

Der Schreibstil ist einfach und simple. Die Gefühle zwischen den Zeilen sind hochemotional, aufwühlend und manchmal auch sehr verzweifelt. Und der Moment, als die Hauptfigur endlich im Auktionshaus sitzt, und ein Haus ersteigert, dass eigentlich ihr Chef haben wollte, war für mich der bis dahin beste Augenblick. Da konnte ich mir ein Lachen nicht verkneifen. Ab da feuert die Autorin ein Feuerwerk nicht nur an Emotionen ab, sondern auch an köstlichen Szenen und Dialogen, dass es in sich hat. Ich wusste gar nicht, dass Sue Moorcroft so schreiben kann!

Da gibt es vom Betrüger über eine meckernde alte Frau bis hin zum pfiffigen elfjährigen Jungen an Figuren alles, was die Charakterkiste zu bieten hat. Und Sky, die Hauptfigur, toppt alles.

Sky hatte keine leichte Kindheit. Ihre Mutter war Alkoholikerin und so lernte Sky schnell die negativen Seiten des Lebens kennen. Mit sechzehn zog sie von daheim weg und kam zu Pflegefamilien. Eine davon war Nan Heather und dort lernte Sky zum ersten Mal in ihrem Leben so etwas wie ein normales Familienleben kennen. Inklusive eines schönen Weihnachtsfests. All das hat Sky in Erinnerung, als sie das Eckhaus ersteigert. Mich hat die Art begeistert, wie sie nachhaltig und mit Elan an die Renovierung herangeht. Wie sie ihre Prinzipien lebt und dabei anfängt, sich Freunde zuzulegen.

Großartiger Weihnachtsroman! Ich bin absolut begeistert. Je nach Situation hab ich mit den Figuren mitgelitten, mitgefiebert oder mitgelacht. Die Autorin zaubert Szenen und Bilder auf das Papier, einfach nur klasse. Für mich der bislang beste Roman der Autorin. Sowohl vom Rating her als auch inhaltlich.


*This book was published in the English language by Avon on October 27, 2022 

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Sue Moorcroft is a Sunday Times and internationally bestselling author of contemporary fiction and reached the coveted Number 1 spot on Amazon Kindle UK with THE CHRISTMAS PROMISE. She's won the Goldsboro Books Contemporary Romantic Novel Award, the Readers Best Romantic Read Award, and the Katie Fforde Bursary. She writes contemporary fiction of life and love and is a past Vice-Chair of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and editor of its short story anthologies. Her novels, short stories, serials, and columns have appeared around the world. She has created writing courses for the London School of Journalism and DigitalSea and is the author of a writing guide. An army child, Sue was born in Germany then lived in Cyprus, Malta, and the UK. She's worked in a bank, as a bookkeeper (probably a mistake), as a copytaker for Motor Cycle News and for a typesetter, but is pleased to have wriggled out of all 'proper jobs'.


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