Christmas at Lilac Cottage by Holly Martin, publisher Bookouture, publication date: 25th September 2015.
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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?
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I was first drawn to this novel by the gorgeous cover, who wouldn’t love to live in a quaint purple cottage surrounded by snow and all cosy and warm inside with good company and good food? The cover is idyllic and expresses a book filled with words to warm your heart … and this is quite literally what you got.
This was such a sweet, sexy, funny story set at Christmas time. I really enjoyed it, another hit on her hands for Holly Martin. Holly has a great formula for making you laugh, making your heart ache, creating brilliant characters with sex appeal, warm hearted characters and characters you love to hate. Her stories always flow well which leaves you zipping through the chapters and wanting more when you get to the end of the story.
I really enjoyed the location on this story, Lilac Cottage sounded so quaint and the town of White Cliff bay and its surrounding was depicted as a lovely idyllic town filled with character and charm. I loved Penny’s occupation, how cool 😉 to be an ice sculptor, such an unusual occupation. I also loved how Henry’s occupation of a wood craftsmen fitted so well with Penny’s, a sort of yin yang, they blended so well together.
I fell for Henry’s character almost instantly with his brooding good looks but when we got to find out who Daisy was and how his life has been lived for the last 16 years I fell in love with his even more.
I’m looking forward to more books set in White Cliff Bay and hope Penny, Henry and Daisy will pop up again in future books.
A very funny, heartwarming, romantic winter warmer of a read 5/5*
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