Sunday, 27 September 2015

Christmas at Lilac Cottage – by Holly Martin

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My own copy

The blurb:

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 Opinion:

*Book provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

Yay, another Holly Martin treat! I always get really excited when I get to read her books and once again she has proven that she is a fabulous author! Let me tell you why.

Christmas At Lilac Cottage follows the story of Penny, a lonely ice carver who spens her spare time at home and with her dog Bernard. She decids to rent out part of her gorgeous cottage. That’s when she meets Henry and his daughter Daisy, not without a small misunderstanding though ;)

Penny and Daisy get on really well and I loved watching their relationship develop, they both found a real friend in each other. Now let’s talk about Henry though. Penny is a bit unsure about him at first and doesn’t like his behaviour, but then she gets to know him better and well starts to fall for him. And I really can’t blame her, because he’s pretty amazing! He is full of heart and passion, good-looking, caring, sweet, the perfect guy!
Their connection is deep from the start and even though Penny wants to move slow, things happen pretty quickly between them. There are some misunderstandings, challenges little fights between them. One oft hem concerning his job and him fighting for it and the other one involving Daisy. He is very protective of his daughter, which is of course understandable, especially after reading about their past as well.

We also get to learn about Penny’s past, which made her behavior pretty clear. She went through a lot and needs to learn to open her heart again. Henry seems tob e the one to be able to do that, even with some stones in the way.

All the characters are so lovely in this story, well lined out, relatable and fun to read about. I just really loved all the scenes involving Penny with either Daisy or Henry and also the three oft hem together, they built a really strong bond.

All I wanted was for Henry and Penny tob e together and form a family with Daisy and also having kids of their own. Such a beautiful relationship to see develop in memoable and wonderful scenes.

The setting and the atmosphere in this book are just amazing! SO festive, perfect to curl up to with a hot chocolate on the sofa. White Cliff Bay sounds like a beautiful place and Holly made it seem so real with her writing. I’m excited that her second Christmas book this year is also set in the same place, I can’t wait!!!

Well, as I said Holly Martin has once again managed to create a magical, romantic story with a wonderful storyline, awesome characters, unique moments and an authentic setting. Her voice is amazing and really enables the reader to dive into the story!


My possible cast:

Penny: Hilary Duff

Henry: Jamie Dornan

Holly on Twitter: @hollymartin00
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