Aspiring clothes designer Victoria Scott spends her days working in a bar in Chelsea, and her evenings designing vintage clothes, dreaming of one day opening her own boutique. But these aspirations are under threat from the new department store opening at the end of her road. She needs a Christmas miracle, but one is not forthcoming.
Oliver Russell’s Christmas is not looking very festive right now. His family’s new London department store opening is behind schedule, and on top of that his interfering, if well meaning mother is pressing him to introduce his girlfriend to her. A girlfriend who does no exist. He needs a diversion. Something to keep his mother from interfering while he focuses on the business.
When Oliver meets Victoria, he offers a proposition: pretend to be his girlfriend at the opening of his store and he will provide an opportunity for Victoria to showcase her designs. But what starts as a business arrangement soon becomes something more tempting, as the fake relationship starts to feel very real. But when secrets in Victoria’s past are exposed will Oliver walk away, or will they both follow their hearts and find what neither knew they were looking for…
Romantic fiction published by Mills & Boom does exactly what it says on the tin. Set in Chelsea in the lead up to Christmas, rich heir Oliver is under familial pressure to find a wife, he concocts a plan with Victoria, she becomes his ‘fake fiance’ to appease his parents but perhaps not unexpectedly feelings come into play and not everything goes to plan.
This is light fiction that offers pure escapism, it does touch on issues of poverty / inequality, loss and strong female friendships but truthfully this is classic romance with a feel good flavour, a tad cliched and no real surprises.
Oliver’s ultra affluent lifestyle adds some glamour, notably via a helicopter trip to Paris and the 2 very likeable lead characters make this book an enjoyable read. A tragic accident bonds friends and provides a cohesive group of women supporting and cheering each other and the lead up to Christmas adds cheer, as does the community spirit and local business ethos.
Not without its flaws but for fans of romantic fiction, this is a must, chick lit with a bit of heat at times, offering a distraction from todays woes and worries. The first in a set of 4 books, focusing on each of these 4 women who live very diverse lives this promises to be entertaining set of books if Meet me in London is anything to go by.
About the Author
Georgia Toffolo is a broadcaster and British media personality. Meet me in London is the first book of her quartet. It is her second book and first fiction novel. She lives in South West London with her dog Monty.
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