Monday, 26 January 2015

Review of Maggie Does Meribel by Nicola Doherty

The bit on the back…

Maggie can't wait for her first ever skiing holiday. New Year's Eve in the French Alps with her boyfriend Leo and two other couples: what could be more romantic? She's picturing hot chocolate, romantic snowball fights and evenings snuggled together in front of the log fire. What she didn't picture is near-death experiences on the mountains, falling out with Leo and sharing a chalet with the unbearable Jenny. When she meets Sylvain, a gorgeous ski instructor, the line between harmless flirting and full-on misbehaviour becomes ... well, blurry. Will Maggie stay on the nursery slopes, or go seriously off-piste?

Firstly thank you to Headline for approving me for a copy of this via NetGalley.

This is the third novella in Nicola Doherty’s Girls On Tour series following on from Poppy Does Paris and Lily Does LA. I love that the titles of each novella all have the similarity linking them out with their own stories.

The story is all about Maggie who is flying out to France for a skiing holiday over the New Year with her boyfriend, Leo, and their friends.

What should be a romantic break turns dramatically into something more unfortunate for Maggie, especially with the return of Jenny, a character who we’ve previously met in Nicola’s novel “If I Could Turn Back Time”. I usually love catching up with previous characters but this was one catch up I wasn’t sure of. I felt really protective of Maggie throughout but loved that companionship she formed with Rachel.

I could almost feel the coldness of the slopes and the rush of heat from entering the ski cafes as I read the story. Nicola has this innate ability of being able to transport you to the setting of the story through her description.

This series is perfect for fans of Lindsey Kelk’s I heart series with its location hopping nature and for fans of Paige Toon with its interlinked characters (one thing I really loved about it was the character map at the end!)

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