Friday, February 27, 2015

Skating at Somerset House by Nikki Moore

4 Star

There’s nothing Holly Winterlake loves more than Christmas and skating, so working as an Ice Marshall at London's Somerset House is a dream come true.

Noel Summerford hates the festive season and is a disaster on the ice, so taking his godson to Somerset House is his idea of the nightmare before Christmas!

Things are bound to get interesting when these two collide…

With a forty foot Christmas tree, an assortment of well meaning friends and relatives, and a mad chocolate Labrador, will this festive season be one to remember … or forget?

Kathryn- 4 Star

Skating at Somerset House is an adorable seasonal novella. That may make it sound trite but I actually was really pleased with the depth of character that Nikki Moore managed to get across in so few pages.

Holly is a Christmas super-fan and Noel is most certainly not. They are an unlikely pair but then I’ve heard somewhere that opposites do attract? I was enchanted by Noel's interactions with his god-son Jasper and loved that the child was so interested in skating. (I did notice though that at 4 years old he was already missing some baby teeth which seemed a bit young?  Must have been an oversight or an over-achieving child? But that was the only thing that didn't ring quite right for me.)

Holly and Noel's relationship naturally evolved over the couple of days the novel covered. Moore also managed to incorporate some other characters that were entertaining. I was enveloped by the love of Holly's parents. They were fun and supportive but didn't take themselves too seriously despite their concern for Holly's injury. I also quite liked Jasper's dad but felt like there was much more of a story there we didn't get the full picture on. I also noticed mention of another child that wasn't given any time in this novella, she could perhaps have been left out?

Skating at Somerset House was packed full of holiday joy and, though predictable, it was exactly what you want from something so sweet. I'm intrigued by the author's abilities and am looking forward to her next novel or novella.

Thank you to Harper Collins UK for our review copy. All opinions are our own.

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