Book review: Dashing Through the Snow by Debbie Macomber

14 Dec

dashing through the snowAshley Davison is desperate to spend the holidays with her mother in Seattle. Dash Sutherland has an interview for the job of a lifetime in Seattle and must arrive by 23 December. Both frantic to book a last-minute flight out of California, Ashley and Dash collide at the airport to learn that there are no flights and only one rental car available. After a rocky start, the two reluctantly agree to drive to Washington together. But their journey isn’t without obstacles, and a misunderstanding with the law threatens to ruin their holiday plans altogether.

Will Ashley make it home in time to surprise her mother? Will Kevin report to duty as expected? And most importantly, will they both have the opportunity to discover the greatest gift of all?

Dashing Through the Snow is a fun Christmas comedy of errors from Debbie Macomber. At just over 200 pages, this is a great short novel, perfect for curling up with on a cosy winter night or for fitting into those breaks from all the Christmas preparations. Fans of the movie When Harry Met Sally will love this book as it features a car journey similar to the one at the start of that film.

Dash and Ashley are both trying to get to Seattle for Christmas. Ex-military intelligence officer Dash has a job interview that he can’t miss and student Ashley really wants to surprise her Mum by being there with her on Christmas day. At the airport both Dash and Ashley find themselves unable to get a flight and fighting over the last hire car at the airport and so their adventure begins as they agree to help each other and share the last car.

I liked both Dash and Ashley straight away even though they didn’t seem to like each other much! Ashley is feisty and quick thinking, determined to get what she wants and seems to open her mouth before considering what is going to come out. Dash on the other hand is much more controlled and formal, fitting to his ex-military role. Debbie Macomber always writes excellent developing relationships and as the two drive to Seattle, there’s plenty of different emotions going on! It helps that Dash is a very handsome travelling companion for Ashley but as he makes it quite clear at the start that he’s not the relationship type, Ashley has her work cut out!

Ashley has had her heart trodden on by her ex-boyfriend but as the journey progresses she finds herself liking the idea of getting to know Dash better! The banter between the two ranges from outright argumentative to fun and flirty and I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next.  There’s also quite a bit of drama in the story, particularly when a police officer at the airport has some major concerns about Ashley and her identity. This element to the story gives it a really unexpected twist and kept me guessing how the journey would work out right to the end.

With capers that involve a cute puppy, a scary  motorcycle gang and a funny karaoke moment, Dashing Through the Snow is a light-hearted and fun read that will make you smile this winter. Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas for me now without a story from Debbie and this one was a fab romantic treat!

4/5

Dashing Through the Snow is out now in paperback and ebook formats.

Find out more about Debbie and her writing at: http://debbiemacomber.com/

I’d like to thank the publisher for sending me a review copy of this book.

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