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Christmas Book Review by Gillian and the girls 🎅🏼🐾

Reading in a snowy forest with Gillian and the girls.

With Christmas only days away, it seems only right to review a festive story. So, this week’s review is Love in Winter Wonderland by Abiola Bello.

Abiola Bello


Abiola Bello is a Nigerian-British, prize-winning, bestselling children’s/YA author who was born and raised in London.

Love in Winter Wonderland is her first YA novel. Her previous MG books, the Emily Knight series, are fun to read. Her debut, Emily Knight I Am…Awakened was nominated for the CILIP’s Carnegie Award. If you like superheroes and Harry Potter, then go check this series out!

Abiola is an advocate for diversity in books for young people. Alongside Book PR Helen Lewis, she is co-founder of Hashtag Press, Hashtag BLAK, The Diverse Book Awards and Ink! Self-Publishing.

Love In Winter Wonderland saw her land a six-figure book deal with one of the great publishing houses, Simon & Schuster.


Trey is popular, handsome and works at his family’s beloved bookshop, Wonderland.

Ariel is quirky, creative and desperately in need of a Christmas temp job.

An opening at Wonderland is the answer…

But Trey and Ariel take an instant disliking towards each other. With Wonderland on the brink of shutting down, can they put aside their differences and stop the doors closing before Christmas Eve!

An enemies-to-lovers against-the-clock romance that’s guaranteed to warm readers’ hearts.



To be honest, I’m not really a big fan of romantic fiction. It’s a genre I find can be a little cringe-worthy. However, this book was fantastic! Yes, it’s romantic, but it’s also funny, fast-paced and full of characters who remind me of those I’ve met during my school and college years and in the workplace. And not forgetting, it’s so Christmassy! It was while reading Love in Winter Wonderland that I finally had that festive feeling.

Each character stands out and interacts perfectly with the other. I love the banter. Reading this made me feel like a teenager again. Even though I’m not particularly romantic, I couldn’t help but wonder if Trey and Ariel would finally get together – despite the devilish dealings of a certain ‘it’ girl called Blair.

Overall, this is a heartwarming, entertaining festive read.


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