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 high and 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...
This Christmas novella by Julie Houston finds us back again with the families from her novels starring Grace,Harriet, but don't worry if you haven't read them yet, you can read this story on its own but I bet you will then look for the other two books.
It does take a few chapters before you work out who belongs to who within their complicated families but it's fun working it all out.
With three families and children off to the Italian Dolimites for a skiing holiday what is the worst that can happen? The author's usual humour shines through this book and gives us some real laugh out loud moments. There are some very tender moments too especially on the ski slopes with Harriet and little Charlie. I've began to really love Harriet and Grace and I am so glad to be reading more about them.
The story was so rounded that it didn't feel like a novella but it was just the right length for reading during the busy Christmas period. I've read so many sad stories lately and this book was just what the doctor ordered, a good laugh and a happy ending, with a glass of mulled wine and a chocolate Santa,of course.
An Off- Piste Christmas
Goodness,Grace and Me
The One Saving Grace.