Warning – possible spoilers! (Tiny ones, though, and I’ll try to avoid even those; I swear I’ll give my best not to ruin it for you… :-))
Let It Snow by Beth Moran – Book Details
TITLE – Let It Snow
AUTHOR – Beth Moran
CATEGORY/GENRE – romance, contemporary, Christmas
YEAR PUBLISHED – 2022
PAGE COUNT – 367
MY RATING – 4 of 5
RATED ON GOODREADS – 4.02 of 5
A huge thank you to Boldwood Books and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of Let It Snow by Beth Moran in exchange for an honest review.
What It Is About
Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas. I love my family more than life itself. But combine the two together and, well, let’s just say that I’d be packing my migraine medication.
Bea Armstrong is the local weather girl who has recently ended a years-long relationship. She’s been avoiding going home and facing the inevitable told-you-sos that come with her family, but now Christmas is here.
All the bracing herself doesn’t even soften the blow, when the first person she sees at her old home is Henry Fairfax. The guy the Armstrongs hope Bea will marry one day, even though Bea herself can’t stand him.
But, a last-minute career-altering job interview, all day long car rides as the snow storm is nearing, a nightmarish stay in a log cabin, plus Bea’s ex suddenly showing up on her parent’s doorstep slowly but surely start to change what Bea was taking for granted her whole life.
And now Bea has a couple of difficult choices to make.
Themes and vibes:
- slowburn snowy Christmas romance
- home for the holidays
- childhood “enemies”/friends to lovers
- sweetheart love interest
- only one bed & come close so we don’t freeze to death, but clean
- single POV, dual timeline
Let It Snow by Beth Moran – My Review
‘I don’t know about any of those things,’ I whispered. ‘I certainly don’t know if I can put much trust in me. But you know what? I’ve always trusted you, […].’
I’ve been going back and forward a lot, trying to rate this book. Because, even if it did leave some things to be desired, it was also exactly what I’d expect from a good Christmas romance.
And I am absolutely, one hundred percent a Christmas-reads-in-July type of girl. So this book came just at the right time for me, and I enjoyed it quite a bit.
Bea was a pretty good protagonist. Just a girl, not too perfect, still trying to figure out everything.
She is a weather girl who loves her job, and I thought that part of her was adorable. I never really thought of meteorology as something that could connect people and make a real difference in someone’s life. And I love when books provide a fresh perspective on ordinary things we tend to take for granted.
Bea’s relationship with her viewers was adorably quirky and fun. Her relationship with her family was a bit more challenging, but there was quite a bit of love there.
While no one who’d met my family would consider a week at Charis House anything close to restful, someone did once say that a change was as good as a rest, and it was certainly nothing like my usual life.
As for the romance, it was messy, and complicated, with lots of going back and forward. Occasionally very emotional. And it felt very real to me.
Like the blurb says, there are two potential love interests.
Her ex Adam, who she shared lots of time and lots of sparks with, yet they just couldn’t seem to make it work. We get to see their relationship through flashbacks that were some of my favorite parts of the books. Both in a sense that they made me value what was lost, but also in terms of how important pieces of a new perspective they had hidden in them.
And then, there’s Henry, who’s always been around, like a fixture in the background you stop paying attention to.
But Henry’s not a shy, awkward little boy anymore. And as they are forced to spend some time together and she gets to know him better, Bea finds herself appreciating more and more his quiet but comforting and reliable presence.
Spending time with Henry was only reinforcing my belief that he wasn’t normal. But I was starting to appreciate that he was abnormal in some of the best ways.
There are several other plot threads we follow throughout the story. A few important questions that need to get answers.
Like, what a perfect job means in Bea’s dictionary and what she is willing to sacrifice to get it. How far she will go to help her family keep their home and their legacy. Plus a family mystery that may or may not be an answer to their financial problems.
Add to that a cozy atmosphere, comforting vibes and lots and lots of snow, and there you have the bones of a cute, fun, entertaining Christmas romance. I can see myself rereading it sometime in December.
My future forecast? It was going to be spectacular.
Not much more I can say about it. I loved it, and I hope you will, too. If you are interested, Let It Snow by Beth Moran is set to be published in only a couple of weeks, on August 30th.