Monday, December 21, 2020

Meet Me in London by Georgia Toffolo


What do you do when your fake engagement stars to feel too real?

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 not 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...

I’m not usually a Christmas book reader but this year I thought I’d give them a go, and if this one is anything to go off then I’ll definitely be up for reading more (I do have a few on my shelves).

Georgia has a lovely debut novel with Meet Me In London. It is set around Victoria and Oliver, who by chance meet and he asks her to pretend to be his fiancée while his parents come to town for the opening of his newest store. She says no at first but after another chance meeting she agrees. 

I love Victoria, she has huge dreams and seems like a lovely person, very  kind.  She works in a wine bar, and at night teaches kids how to design and make clothes, and encourages them so much. It was nice to see how much she cares about the kids, buying them pieces of fabric to help them make their creations. The relationship she has with her 3 best friends is lovely too, its the kind of friendship where you don’t need to see each other every day to know how much you care. 

Oliver is one of those characters who steals your heart, well he did with me anyway. He seems like a typical rich dude you read about in stories, but you quickly find out he is a big softie at heart, and cares about his family a lot. I loved seeing the relationship grow between these two, and change from strangers to more. I’m looking forward to book number 2, Meet Me in Hawaii which comes out in April 2021 I believe.

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