Friday, 4 September 2015

Review: Christmas at Lilac Cottage by Holly Martin

It is only September but in anticipation of Christmas the first new christmas novels are already putting in an appearance. Holly Martin has two set for release this Autumn.

Book cover:Christmas at lilac Cottage by Holly Martin

Welcome to the charming seaside town of White Cliff Bay, where Christmas is magical and love is in the air…
Penny Meadows loves her home – a cosy cottage decorated with pretty twinkling fairy lights and stunning views over the town of White Cliff Bay. She also loves her job as an ice-carver, creating breathtaking sculptures. Yet her personal life seems frozen. 

When Henry and daughter Daisy arrive at the cottage to rent the annex, Penny is determined to make them feel welcome. But while Daisy is friendly, Henry seems guarded. 

As Penny gets to know Henry, she realises there is more to him than meets the eye. And the connection between them is too strong to ignore… 

While the spirit of the season sprinkles its magic over the seaside town and preparations for the ice sculpting competition and Christmas eve ball are in full swing, can Penny melt the ice and allow love in her heart? And will this finally be the perfect Christmas she’s been dreaming of? 

Like a creamy hot chocolate with marshmallows, you won’t want to put this deliciously heartwarming novel down. 

Spend the perfect Christmas in White Cliff Bay this year. Snowflakes on Silver Cove coming very soon. 

My Thoughts:

Totally adorable and very entertaining, this is a book you can curl up with. This is my third book by this author having enjoyed the both the recently released "Fairytale Beginnings" and "Sentinel". Whilst the theme was second chances and new beginnings the plot felt surprisingly original and refreshing within the confines of it's genre. Holly Martin is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors.

I loved "Fairytale Beginnings" for it's wit, warmth, passion and charm, so when I spotted this title I didn't hesitate and started reading within minutes of receiving it. Once again Holly has created some really great characters and an entertaining plot which a couple of times had me in stitches. There was one scene about two thirds of the way through the book that made me laugh so much that I to put my eReader down.

The characters are adorable. Henry is seriously hot and lovely but with a grumpy streak. His hot body gets him into scrapes with the ladies and funny situations where he quiet literally is treated as eye-candy. Having been badly hurt years before Penny is a good mix of warmth and vulnerability but a good strong character too. It is interesting to see her character develop as the story progresses. I liked Daisy too but found her relationship with her father a bit of a stretch. Some parts of the story were ooh, so sweet and very heavy on the sugar, but all good clean fun.

Set in a small seaside town, Penny has plenty of friends but lives alone with her dog in her cottage. Having decided to let out her annex she is anticipating and looking forward to a new friendship. Henry and Daisy are moving to the country which means a new job for him. Henry is obviously not used to small towns and is looking forward to privacy in his new home. As usual nothing is quite as simple as it seems. There is however plenty of electricity in the air and sparks soon start to fly with plenty of misunderstandings and bumps in the road the path to new happiness is not an easy one.

In short this is more than an entertaining romance. It is about friendship and real love with plenty of passion and a good story. There is plenty of attention to detail with White Cliff Bay and residents feeling more like a real town than a convenient backdrop.

Highly recommended.

(Grateful thanks to Holly, Bookouture and NetGalley for providing a pre-release copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)

What others are saying:

BLABBERING ABOUT BOOKS: "This book was so cute! It was predictable the whole way through but that didn’t matter because the way the characters get to their happy ending was wonderful."

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