An Off-Piste Christmas by Julie Houston

Just in time for Christmas
 when my bookblog was in hibernation, Julie Houston released an 

Off-Piste Christmas. 

I've read all Julie Houston's other novels and feel that I know the main characters, Harriet and Grace, so well they're almost old friends. 

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From the book description:

The last thing Harriet Westmoreland wants is Christmas away from home, 
particularly when skiing, snow, heights and freezing her backside off are on the menu. While her own family, together with her best friend Grace's, are soon whizzing down ridiculously high and scary mountains in the fashionable Italian resort of Cortina d'Ampezzo, Harriet is stuck in the remedial class on the nursery slopes unable, it seems, to remain vertical.
Tired of trying to stay upright in the dunces' class, Harriet decides to overcome her fear of heights and take her bruised body off to explore the refugios in the magnificent Dolomites above Cortina. And maybe catch a glance of George Clooney, rumoured to be in town... But what happens next triggers a totally unexpected avalanche of events which proves that, for friends Harriet and Grace and all their families, Christmas really is a time for little miracles...

Lovely to meet up with Harriet and Grace again in this new Christmas special from Julie Houston.

An ideal read for the holiday season with lots of references back to previous stories and a whole new set of plot developments. 

A lovely winter sports setting (for which Harriet expresses a healthy disregard) provides the backdrop to another can't put it down read. 

Excellent characterisation makes you feel like the fly-on-the-wall as the story unfolds. Amusing - entertaining - really enjoyed reading it.

Details of this and her other novels on Julie Houston's Amazon Author Page.