What’s it all about: Hanukkah days, Christmas nights and strawberry ice cream …
Cohen Ford is a man who could do with a little bit of sweetening up. It’s no surprise that when he walks into The Great Greenwich Ice Creamery on a typically gloomy London day before Christmas, he insists on a black coffee rather than his childhood favourite – strawberry ice cream.
But then he meets River de Luca, the woman behind the flavours. After their first encounter, Cohen begins visiting the ice creamery every Tuesday, gradually learning more about the intriguing River. Could her influence encourage cynical Cohen to become the man who embraces Christmas, Hanukkah and even strawberry ice cream?
I’ve read quite a few romances now (after starting to enjoy them quite late on) and this is the first one that features Judaism and Hanukkah. I really enjoyed the change. Cohen is in London to avoid his mother, dealing with the death of his father and end of his marriage and he’s quite miserable. Going to Greenwich (one of my favourite places) to drop off an overdue birthday present to his mother’s best friend he meets River and falls hopelessly in love and everything moves quite quickly after that.
He starts to re-evaluate his life and the way people view him. River is deaf and teaches him how to view the world from her perspective. In between we have the run up to both Hanukkah and Christmas. There’s a lovely mix of religions, some observed and some lapsed and I loved the positive focus on the deaf community and how it does not need to hold you back. The book has some strong messages in that respect by simply showcasing River as strong, independent woman running her own business.
I loved the questionnaire. I think I might need to start doing that myself when meeting new people. And don’t get me started on craving ice cream in December! I’ve never been so happy to find half a tub in the freezer after finishing this book. I also enjoyed the fact that for once we have something purely from the hero POV.
It’s magical, it’s heartwarming. I couldn’t put it down. A wonderful story for the festive holidays
Release date: 4th December