Book Review: Snowflakes and Sparks by Sophie-Leigh Robbins

One small town. One swoon-worthy neighbor. One second chance at love.

Old Pine Cove is the one place on earth Suzie swore she’d never return to, but then her boss asks her to manage one of their bookstores there. Since it’s only temporary, she agrees. Besides, what could possibly go wrong?

Gosh, how naïve of her.

Alex Denverton opening the door with that smoldering look of his, that’s what could go wrong. It’s been ten years since she broke his car and his heart. How is she supposed to focus on work knowing he’s right next door? And why did she even agree to organize the annual Winter Walk with him?

One thing is certain, though. If Suzie wants to have a magical Christmas, she can’t ask Santa to make it happen. It’s up to her to decide: go big or go home.

 

Snowflakes and Sparks focuses on Suzie. Living in LA, working in a bookshop and hoping for promotion, she didn’t think she would ever return to the small town of Old Pine Cove but it’s where she finds herself, just before Christmas, managing the bookshop there.

She has not been in town long when she sees Alex. She’s not seen him since she left and broke his heart ten years earlier. He’s as gorgeous as she remembers and seems to have no anger toward her.

How was she supposed to concentrate with him next door? She has even said she’d help organise the winter walk with Alex. What could go wrong?

Snowflakes and Sparks was my introduction to Sophie-Leigh Robbins but it won’t be the last book of hers I read.

I read this at the beginning of December and it immediately put me in the festive mood.

I loved Suzie from the beginning. She is a very open, friendly and relatable character. I want to be her friend.

Alex also felt like the perfect love interest and I adored the idea of them together. What happens by the end is something I hope you will discover yourself.

Old Pine Cove sounds beautiful. It’s just the place I would want to be over Christmas. I wanted to step into the pages, walk into Suzie’s bookshop, grab a book, a hot chocolate and snuggle in for the afternoon with it snowing outside. With this book, it felt like the next best thing. The setting sounded stunning and made me feel like I was there.

The story had twists and turns and kept me engaged all of the way through. There were some residents Suzie could trust and others who were questionable and this added mystery.

It is full of warmth, humour and romance. It’s many of my favourite things tied together with a Christmas bow. Like a Hallmark movie, it has lots of feel-good that will leave you smiling.

I know it’s now January but if, like me, you’re not ready to say goodbye to the festivities of Christmas, this book is perfect.

I hope you add it to your to be read pile. As for me, I am off to read the other books in the series.

 

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Laura
I’m Laura. I started Novel Kicks in 2009. I wanted a place to post my writing as well as give other writers like me the opportunity to do the same. There is also a monthly book club, a writing room which features writing prompts, book reviews, competitions, author interviews and guest posts.

I grew up by the sea (my favourite place in the world) and I currently live in Hampshire. I am married to Chris, have a cat named Buddy and I would love to be a writer. I’m trying to write the novel I’ve talked so much about writing if only I could stop pressing delete. I’ve loved writing since creative writing classes in primary school. I have always wanted to see my teacher Miss Sayers again and thank her for the encouragement. When not trying to write the novel or writing snippets of stories on anything I can get my hands on, I love reading, dancing like a loon and singing to myself very badly. My current obsession is Once Upon a Time and I would be happy to live with magic in the enchanted forest surrounded by all those wonderful stories provided that world also included Harry Potter. I love reading chick lit. contemporary fiction and novels with mystery.

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