Nicola is dreading the Christmas season, and encountering a group of carolers taking over Waterloo Station is about all she can take. However, after heckling the group of singers, she can’t get the handsome choir master, Dmitri, out of her head. As their paths continue to cross, traumatic pasts unfold while romance blossoms.
Author Lauren Westwood has a stunning command of this world she’s crafted, and the result is a novel that reads almost operatic. These characters and their lives are heightened, and their trajectories soar just like Dmitri’s music. Westwood does not shy away from tragedy and how individuals would naturally respond to those events even years later. But that’s exactly what makes the sprouting relationship between Dmitri and Nicola so compelling and rewarding.
And it’s certainly a whirlwind along the way. Usually it’s so hard to create a character both highly flawed and highly sympathetic, but Westwood manages this with
both Nicola and Dmitri. There were a few points where I was frustrated by their choices, but they were justified. It’s not a light, easy romance by any stretch, and that was a pleasant surprise for a holiday read.
Overall, this is a hauntingly beautiful novel.
Title: Moonlight on the Thames
Author: Lauren Westwood
Publication Date: September 04, 2018
Note: I received a free ARC of this book through NetGalley.