Book Review: Covent Garden in the Snow by Jules Wake


Today's book review is for the festive story Covent Garden in the Snow by Jules Wake. This is definitely the perfect story to read during these dates! Read my thoughts about it here:

Title: Covent Garden in the Snow
Author: Jules Wake
Published: November 16th 2017 by HarperImpulse

Blurb: Tilly Hunter has fabulous friends, her dream job as a make-up artist with a prestigious opera company and Felix, her kind and caring husband to be. It looks set to be the most perfect Christmas yet!

But when a monumental blunder forces her to work closely with new IT director Marcus Walker, it's not only the roast chestnut stalls on the cobbles of her beloved Covent Garden that cause sparks to fly…

Super serious and brooding, Marcus hasn’t got a creative bone in his sharp-suited body. For technophobe Tilly, it's a match made in hell.

And yet, when Tilly discovers her fiancĂ© isn’t at all what he seems, it's Marcus who's there for her with a hot chocolate and a surprisingly strong shoulder to cry on… He might just be the best Christmas present she’s ever had.


Review: Covent Garden in the Snow is a really fun and festive read. It it is set in an opera house in Convent Garden, which I found fascinating. I know nothing about opera but the author has clearly done a lot of research and she shares with us everything that goes on behind curtains. I found it especially interesting, to read about how everyone researches everything for the productions, and how attentive they are with the little details. Everything needs to be on point to make the audience believe in the magic of the opera. I am definitely booking a trip to the opera next time I'm in London.

And our main character, Tilly, fits just right in this world. She is a make up artist and she loves her job and everything it entails. It doesn't leave her much time for a private life but her fiancĂ© doesn't seem to mind. He's quite the easy going type, but I have to say I didn't like him, especially how Tilly was when he was with him, more subdued. I much preferred her more passionate side, even if it got her into trouble more than once. Especially with the new IT guy. I was really curious about him since the beginning and I found it really fun to read how out of place he was surrounded by artists. 

The whole story is surrounded with Christmas magic, especially when it snows in Covent Garden and everyone goes a bit crazy. Even if some of the twists in the story are quite predictable and some of the drama going on is a bit over the top, it worked really well as a whole and I enjoyed reading it a lot. It is definitely a perfect story to escape to in this time of the year and get lost backstage of such a fascinating world. Also, it was also a really fun story, which made me smile and laugh more non-stop.

Rating: 4 stars

I would like to thank the publishers for sending me a copy of this book. This is my honest opinion.

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