A White Christmas on Winter Street
When Sky Terran returns to the village of Middledip after losing the job she loves, she anticipates a quiet Christmas getting used to her new life. However, the annual street decoration competition is coming up and this year, the residents of Winter Street are determined to win.
As she is pulled into the preparations, Sky quickly grows to love the quirky, tight-knit community she is now part of. Including the extremely handsome Daz, who soon becomes more than just a friendly neighbour.
But when Daz’s ex turns up determined to win him back and it seems he might not be the man Sky thought he was, she remembers how much allowing people into her life – and heart – can hurt. As the snow falls, will she and Daz find a way through – and help win a Christmas victory for Winter Street?
What’s it about (in a nutshell):
White Christmas on Winter Street by Sue Moorcroft is a lovely contemporary holiday story that will warm the heart of anyone who reads it.
Initial Expectations (before beginning the book):
I’ve read a Sue Moorcroft Christmas tale before, so I know to expect an exploration of some serious issues…maybe a lot of serious issues… before it gets to the gift of a story that is sure to warm my heart all the best ways.
Actual Reading Experience:
I was very right in my initial expectations. I loved the family themes, which focused on mostly broken families and how the children cope and learn to extend their definition of family. All stories surrounding this theme are all handled with a great deal of sympathy and warmth.
The main character, Sky, is very eco-conscious, and she gives lots of interesting information and ideas for protecting our environment. I didn’t already know some of it and found it fascinating to learn about.
I enjoyed the quintessential Christmas feel. A street in a small village going all out for a Christmas decorating contest is a visual treat. I can imagine the lights and snow, plus all the other decorations. In my mind, it was just like a winter wonderland.
Sky Terran is fiercely independent and successful and works very hard when she’s passionate about something. I love that she can do what suits her, even when it’s the more challenging choice. She is also kind and patient, and has a way with kids and adults.
Freddy Walker is a self-made man and Sky’s foster brother from their time with Nan Heather in Middledip Village. They have grown the business Freddy started as an adult and worked very well together. They are a true team until Freddy hires Minnie and falls in love.
Daz Moran is a video game developer who lives in Middledip. He leads with his heart and tries to make the world a better place for all the people in his life. When Sky outbids him on a corner house in Middledip, it starts something that neither could have imagined.
Narration & Pacing:
The story is written using 3rd person narration that primarily focuses on Sky. However, it does switch to Daz, also from time to time. I thought this worked, but I wouldn’t have minded if it had solely been in 1st person from Sky’s perspective. In stories as emotional as this one, a more personal approach often ramps up the emotional impact.
The pacing is slow to medium. It is not a story that I breezed through quickly as I took in all of the emotional aspects that are incredibly impactful. The emotions involved in this story demanded a slower pace for maximum effect.
The setting is a small village in England called Middledip. It’s very quaint and friendly, and Sky has an emotional attachment to the area, giving it even more impact. I love the imagery of a small village participating in a Christmas decoration contest.
Read if you like:
- Christmas stories with a lot of depth
- Family themes, including foster families
- Christmas events
- Eco-friendly advice
- Small village setting
Overall Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Sue Moorcroft is a Sunday Times bestselling author and has reached #1 spot on Amazon Kindle UK as well as top 100 in the US. She’s won the Goldsboro Books Contemporary Romantic Novel Award, Readers’ Best Romantic Novel award and the Katie Fforde Bursary. Sue’s emotionally compelling, feel-good novels are currently released by publishing giant HarperCollins in the UK, US and Canada and by other publishers in other countries. Her short stories, serials, columns, writing ‘how to’ and courses have appeared around the world.
Born in Germany into an army family, Sue spent much of the rest of her childhood in Cyprus and Malta but settled in Northamptonshire, England aged ten. She loves reading, Formula 1, travel, time spent with friends, dance exercise and yoga.
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