Hello, Book Dragons! Today I would like to welcome you all on my stop of the Blog Tour for Baby It’s Cold Outside By Emily Bell and I would like to share a review, with all of you. Please do show some love to all the wonderful book bloggers on this blog tour by following and sharing their work. 🙂
Thank You very much to the publisher – Penguin for the review copy.
Release date: 14 10 2021
Price*: Kindle £0.99 (GBP)/ Paperback £6.55 (GBP)
Pages: ~ 352
My rating: I liked it.
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What I learned from this book: Traveling with your friends is brilliant.
Description of the book: FATE PULLED THEM APART BUT NOT BEFORE THEY MADE A PROMISE. TEN CHRISTMASES LATER, WILL THEIR WISH COME TRUE? . . .
As Norah battles through the bustling December crowds, she hears the notes of a song that transports her back to the most romantic week of her life. After meeting on a blissful holiday, but knowing they had to part, a boy named Andrew made her a promise:
If they are both single on Christmas Eve in ten years’ time, they will meet under the clock on Grafton Street, Dublin. Norah has no idea if he will remember, but she has nothing to lose. So, hoping for a Christmas miracle, she heads to Dublin. To that clock. And, maybe, to Andrew.
But it wouldn’t be Christmas without a few surprises . . .
How this book made me feel: After reading some intense books I like to read something light and “fluffy” to clear my head. This book was brilliant for it! Plus, I have not been abroad for over a year, and to travel to Christmas time Dublin was quite fun.
The protagonist in this book is Norah, a music teacher that has a great passion for jazz and singing, but it has been a while since she has done it. Together with her friend Joe, she is going to Dublin, Ireland to meet a guy whom she has not seen for 10 years, with a hope that he will show up, as he promised 10 years ago in Italy. The characters chosen for this novel sound very realistic and incredibly artistic. Was I the biggest Norah’s fan? No, not really but her life and relationships with her friends are very entertaining indeed.
The narrative is told from a single perspective and we get to know Norah pretty well. She is sharing the events not only from the present but from the past as well. I really enjoyed her trip to Italy, it sounded very romantic. Her feelings about loss and grief were heartbreaking to read about. I could see how Norah grew throughout this novel and that made me happy. The whole narrative is very musical and has plenty of names of songs that I never heard about before. I appreciate the passion but I could not relate to most of those songs. There seems to be a lot of similarities between the author’s bio and the book, so this similarity makes me wonder how many events (if any) actually happened. 😀 The topics discussed in this book were friendships, interesting family relationships, romance, self-growth, loss and grief, music, life choices and many more.
The setting of this novel is beautiful. The narrative travels between London, Italy and Ireland and I absolutely loved that. The writing style is creative and easy to read. The chapters have medium length, but they did not drag for me. The ending of the book was predictable, but I liked the outcome and conclusion of this story.
So, to conclude, it is a festive and very entertaining read, filled with very artistic characters as well as always changing setting of the plot that kept me entertained and intrigued to see where this story will take the reader. I have never been to Ireland, but this book really makes me want to visit Dublin. 😀 If you are looking for a heartwarming story filled with Christmassy Ireland, do give this book a go, and I hope you will like it as much as I did.
Thank You for Your time!<3
About the author: Emily Bell grew up in Dublin and moved to London after university. She has had various jobs including tour guide, bookseller and pub singer, and now writes full time. She lives in north London with her husband and daughter.
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