Book Review: Finding Love at the Christmas Market

Connie discovers romance at a traditional German Christmas Market in Jo Thomas’s deliciously festive novel!

Overhead photo of 'Finding love at the Christmas market' surrounded by Christmas decorations and gingerbread biscuits

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I received a review copy of Finding Love at the Christmas Market.

The spicy smell of warm gingerbread, rich hot chocolate, good friends and a dash of romance. All the elements of a great Christmas can be found within the pages of Finding Love at the Christmas Market!

The story follows Connie, a care worker, as she travels across Europe with a group of her residents. They’re off to a German Christmas Market to spread the ashes of their dear friend, Elsie, who loved the festive season.

And while they’re over there, Connie is also planning to meet up with Heinrich. They’ve only spoken online so far, but Connie is absolutely sure that he’s the perfect man for her. He ticks every box, literally: she’s been using a checklist to vet potential boyfriends since she had her heart broken, and Heinrich is the first man to meet all her criteria.

But finding love isn’t as simple as mixing up ingredients for gingerbread. It takes a touch of magic as well, and only time will show whether Heinrich and Connie will find that magic spark.

I really enjoyed reading Finding Love at the Christmas Market.

And the characters in the novel are depicted so well. Connie is the main character of course, but the group of pensioners she drives across Europe often steal the show. Heinrich seems to be perfect at first, but his perfection becomes a little one dimensional, so it’s no surprise that Connie’s head is turned by the more emotional and interesting William.

I loved the descriptions of William’s traditional family bakery, and there’s a very touching scene involving William and one of the pensioners towards the end of the novel.


But for me, the real star of the show was the German city that the group visit. Jo Williams cleverly leaves this unspecified so your imagination can fill in the blanks.

This novel transported me over to a traditional German Christmas market. I could almost smell the lebkuchen and the rich, hot chocolate, not to mention the gluhwein!

Tucked up at home, with the Christmas lights on and candles lit, Falling in Love at the Christmas Market is the perfect read to get you in the festive mood.

The blurb:

Residential-home caterer Connie has had one online-dating disaster too many. Hurt in the past and with her son to consider, now she’s feeling hesitant. Then one of Connie’s residents sets her up on a date at a beautiful German Christmas market – with the promise she’ll take a mini-bus full of pensioners along with her…

Amongst the twinkling lights and smell of warm gingerbread in the old market square, Connie heads off on her date with a checklist of potential partner must-haves. Baker Heinrich ticks all the boxes, but when Connie meets Heinrich’s rival William, she starts to wonder if ticking boxes is the answer.

Will Connie’s wish for love this Christmas come true, and if so – with whom?

A deliciously romantic Christmas novel with a good helping of festive fun: 8/10

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