Moonlight on the Thames by Lauren Westwood

Synopsis of Moonlight on the Thames

Worlds collide when two strangers meet at Waterloo station. It’sa moment they’ll never forget. Perfect for the fans of Milly Johnson. 

 Christmas is a joyous time, but not everyone is merry andbright. 

Nicola is a rising star at the top of the corporate ladder, but her personal life is a disaster. Her office affair has lost its allure, and the last thing she wants to think about is Christmas. A night of cancelled trains and festive Christmas carols at Waterloo Station is just about the last straw… 

 Dmitri loves conducting his pop-up choir during the festiveseason, meeting people, and spreading joy and cheer around London. But he carries deep secrets from his past that robbed him of his dream to become a concert pianist. 

Can their hearts and souls be unlocked by music and moonlight and will they discover the healing power of love?

My review

At first glance this book gives the impression of being a sweet, Christmassy novel, that stretches beyond into the next year. And it is, but it also packs quite a punch. It comes with a good dose of grittiness that reminds us Christmas isn’t always magical. There’s plenty of humour and lightness in the novel, but there are some tough issues to deal with too – dark secrets and traumas from the past that have been overshadowing Nicola and Dmitri.

The author handles both sides of life and Christmas – the bright and the gloomy, the joyous and the wounded – with sensitive ease. She creates two amazing, powerful characters in Nicola and Dmitri, and a good cast of interesting secondary personages too. They have very different backgrounds and ambitions, so how they possibly be compatible. But that’s OK, because the course of true love never did run smooth!

The theme of music throughout the novel is lovely, as are so many things. This really is a beautifully written and absorbing story that stays with you after you’ve finished reading. Beautiful.

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 AuthorBio – Lauren Westwood writes romantic women’s fiction, and is also an award-winning children’s writer. Originally from California, she now lives in England in a pernickety old house built in 1602, with her partner and three daughters.

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