My hope is that this story will snuggle up with you in your ‘me-time -moments’ unwinding at the weekend or as part of the mid-week Michaelmas melee. You will make many marvellous fictional friends who will linger longer in your company well after the book has finished.
The all-important blurb:
Worlds collide when two strangers meet at Waterloo station. It’s a moment they’ll never forget. Perfect for the fans of Milly Johnson.
Christmas is a joyous time, but not everyone is merry and bright.
Nicola is a rising star at the top of the corporate ladder, but her personal life is a disaster. Her office affair has lost its allure, and the last thing she wants to think about is Christmas. A night of cancelled trains and festive Christmas carols at Waterloo Station is just about the last straw…
Dmitri loves conducting his pop-up choir during the festive season, meeting people, and spreading joy and cheer around London. But he carries deep secrets from his past that robbed him of his dream to become a concert pianist.
Can their hearts and souls be unlocked by music and moonlight and will they discover the healing power of love?
Enjoy Mrs W’s Festive 5* Review of Moonlight on The Thames written by Lauren Westwood and published by the heavenly choir of angels at Aria 2018. Purchase your own copy here:
Ibooks: Moonlight on the Thames
From the very beginning of this story I was riding along on a wonderful wave, the melodic rise and fall lifted me along every word, on every page. I was hooked from the very first page. The lines of the song ‘Some Enchanted Evening’ became a haunting refrain in my head as the writer wound the story of Dimitri and Nicola around my heart.
Some enchanted evening
You may see a stranger,
you may see a stranger
Across a crowded room
And somehow you know,
You know even then
That somewhere you’ll see her
Again, and again.
The strains of this story are poignant and touching and elevate us the reader way above the trivial tinsel time and bauble bling of many a Christmas past, to a higher level, no a deeper level, where all that really matters becomes crystal clear. Hidden hearts are revealed, personal and difficult pasts presented, and Christmas becomes a time for the setting of new traditions, for the wiping of the slate, for the miracle of Christmas to be set to a song of hope.
This is an in-depth, yet instantly readable, tale of a moment in time where the paths of two lives cross and become woven together in the age-old tradition of star-crossed lovers. Our author gently takes us by the hand, leads us down a romantic rabbit hole and heads right to the core of what it means to be human. The not so merry and the not so bright are brought out into the light and Christmas is stripped back to its most real self. The soundtrack to the two lives of our heroes is totally remastered. They are accosted by the unplugged acoustic versions of themselves, the acapella truth of the human spirit and the natural rhythms of their souls. If anyone is facing the ordeal of getting through a dark time of year, then this story will help raise you up, lift your chin, and give you shelter in the storm.
In this tale, many glimpse the hand of hope and happiness, a ‘life shimmering with possibilities like moonlight on water’. This magical story will have you feeling like you have been swept away into a fairy-tale, a balletic performance of ‘The Nutcracker’, whisked away on the winds of a dream, just like Dorothy’s journey to Oz or Lucy’s trip into Narnia. It finally drops you back onto your feet at the end of the stanza, the music and lyrics of this beautifully told tale finally cease and you will be left uplifted and encouraged. You may even feel full of a new-found joyful resolve to make your own clean start, to clear out and declutter the closets of your own life and to make room for the new; ‘to finally live the life that you want, and that you deserve.’
What a wonderful way to draw this year to a close and to look ahead with as full a heart as we can muster, to the new year that beckons us onward.
Coffee Cup Conversations and Teapot Talking Points:
If you and I dear reader were sitting down today, sharing a pretty gingerbread biscuit from ‘The Braided Loaf Bakery,’ here are a few of the points we could mull over together.
Have you every been to a Christmas market?
The sights and sounds of the stalls of a Christmas market are something of a special senses overload, aren’t they? Even a simple shed, once strewn with fairy lights, some garlands and some Christmas music just exudes excitement and makes us all feel like we have stepped straight in to Santa’s workshop. I do love immersing myself and treating myself to this experience at this time of year. I no longer venture onto the ice rink, but I do love watching people swathed in coats, hats and scarves wobbling about and clutching on to each other as they trip the ice fantastic.
Does your employer have Christmas Traditions?
Are you allowed to decorate your office or work space? Do you all have a Christmas jumper day or a Secret Santa draw? A Christmas meal in the canteen? These nods to community life are often very enjoyable and can brighten up a time when most are waiting to take a break from work. Adding a note of whimsy and finding the fun can really help cast a spell of laughter and joy into someone’s day. It is great to put smiles on faces.
What Christmas supplies, decorations or food do you delegate?
Some of us are able to bake up a storm at Christmas time, but others of us are too busy or not ‘Bake Off Blessed’ and we delegate this activity to Mr Kipling, M&S or Messrs Sainsbury’s/Tesco and Co. I really do like making a Christmas cake and decorating it with my daughter, but I would love a special bakery to come in and shoulder some of the strain too. What a lovely thing it is when those gathering all bring a plate or a contribution and how wonderful even to take the family out to eat. We did this one year, when my twins were babies -it was exciting as it was a change to the norm, and it meant that we didn’t have to worry about cooking and looking after two weeny ones.
Sometimes it is great to give a family member a rest and swap the hostess responsibilities with one another. I think Christmas is best when kept simple and there is a lot of pressure to be magazine picture perfect. At the end of the day a good meal with loved ones is a simple pleasure enough to warm the heart. I remember a Christmas when I was living in Spain on my year abroad – popping home for Christmas time showed us just how precious it was to be together. This year many of our brood are returning from University, and I just can’t wait to be together.
Now, if you are anything like me, you will love getting to know the author: Lauren Westwood:
Lauren Westwood writes romantic women’s fiction and is also an award-winning children’s writer. Originally from California, she now lives in England in a pernickety old house built in 1602, with her partner and three daughters.
I LOVE to interact and keep in touch with writers – either to share my thoughts on the book or to ask questions, but mainly just to hang out with people who love writing and reading as much as I do. You can do the same here:
Goodreads: Lauren Westwood;
Playlist (music plays a big part in the book): http://www.laurenwestwoodwriter.com/playlist
Lauren Westwood really wants you to feel the spirit of Christmas and is offering this wonderful GIVEAWAY
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So, dear reader, whilst you enjoy this uplifting tale of a life- changing Christmas, I’m off to get my hands on another book to hygge fuel our days and bring us some added comfort and joy. Onward!