One Christmas Morning: A Novel (Paperback)
For fans of The Midnight Library and One Day in December who love a dash of Dickensian magic, One Christmas Morning is a heartwarming debut novel about a woman’s self-discovery, the strength found in friendship, and the promise of second chances.
Eva has spent the past three years burying herself in her work, trying to forget the heartbreaking events of the Christmas that ripped her world apart. This year, the last thing she wants is to attend her friend’s weekend-long Christmas party. But at her husband James’ insistence, here they are.
When Eva—overwhelmed by bittersweet memories—tries to sneak back to London in the middle of the night, she is visited by the ghost of her beloved grandmother. Gran tells Eva that if she doesn’t face her fears head-on and stop shutting out her loved ones, she risks losing them all forever.
When Eva wakes on Christmas morning, she finds herself living not her own life, but that of her hardworking assistant, Diana, whose overflowing inbox isn’t the only secret she’s been keeping. The next day, she wakes on Christmas morning again, this time in the body of her best friend’s little sister. As Eva lives the same day again and again through the perspectives of her friends, she is offered a glimpse into the lives of those she has been pushing away. With each Christmas Day comes a new lesson—and an insight into the secrets and struggles her loved ones have been hiding. To move forward, Eva must let go of the past. But is it too late to fix her future?
About the Author
Rachel Greenlaw is the author of One Christmas Morning. She grew up in North Cornwall, surrounded by wild moorland. She studied English with creative writing at Falmouth University before moving to an island in the middle of the Atlantic, where she lives with her husband and two children.
“Greenlaw's modern take on a classic is enhanced by multidimensional characters and their realistically complex relationships. The result is a heartwarming tale about prioritizing the things that matter most in life.” — Publishers Weekly
"One Christmas Morning is a charming, whimsical story about mistakes and second chances and the power of love and friendship to help us heal after grief and loss. A Dickensian holiday tale with an enchanting modern sensibility." — Rachel Linden, author of The Magic of Lemon Drop Pie
"A stunning debut novel. This book is like A Christmas Carol of self-discovery. I loved every page. I didn't want to put it down and when I had to, it consumed my thoughts until I could pick it back up again. Rachel Greenlaw brings all the magic of Dickens into the here and now. One Christmas Morning is a modern Christmas classic that should be in everyone's festive books collection." — Jenny Bayliss, author of A December to Remember
"In One Christmas Morning, Rachel Greenlaw gives us the precious and eye-opening opportunity to walk in the shoes of others... this is a heartwarming, magical Christmas story that should not be missed!" — Courtney Cole, author of Home of Christmas
"Wonderfully original, gorgeously romantic and completely magical. I turned the final page with tears in my eyes and a smile on my face." — Emily Stone, author of Always in December
"One Christmas Morning poignantly captures love in all its marvelous, messy, heartbreaking glory. Well balanced and compelling, equal importance is given to the love we have for ourselves and for others: family, friends, and partners. Readers at a crossroads of their own will find much to root for as Eva explores what she wants from her one and only precious life. A spellbinding journey of transformation that will break your heart and put it back together again." — Lillie Vale, author of The Decoy Girlfriend