Christmas at the Castle by Victoria Connelly, narrator Jan Cramer is available now in audible download format and ebook format including kindle unlimited.
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Life at Caldoon Castle in the Highlands of Scotland isn’t easy for Catriona Fraser and her two children, especially since her husband died. So, when Iain MacNeice and his two daughters book the castle for the Christmas holidays, Catriona’s prayers seem to be answered.
But the MacNeices arrive with a whole host of their own problems and it’s going to take time, patience and a little bit of Christmas magic to make this holiday a happy one.
I am grateful to Victoria Connelly for sending me an audible download copy of this novel in return for an honest review.
I’ve listened to a few books now on audible and I must admit its an enjoyable past time. Its so easy to slip on your headphones and relax and enjoy a story.
Christmas at the Castle is set at Caldoon Castle in the Scottish highlands where Catriona and her two children are struggling to survive emotionally and financially following the death of her husband. The castle has been in the Fraser family for generations and Catriona would love to continue this tradition so she lets out part of the castle to bring in some income. This particular Christmas the castle is booked out to Ian MacNeice and his two daughters.
Ian MacNeice has been divorced from his daughter’s mother for three years now, his daughters really miss having their mother around and this Christmas in particular Lexi the eldest is very keen to be with her mother. When Ian informs his girls of the Christmas getaway to the Scottish highlands he is met with teenage grumblings. However, they do manage to get away.
When Ian first arrives at the Castle he is instantly drawn to Catriona with her striking auburn hair and her easy manner with her children and his. The children from both families have adjustments to make with the Christmas arrangements. Two very different families living under one roof (albeit a very large roof); one with little money to spend on luxuries but has time to spend with family. The other with copious amounts of money but little time. Christmas doesn’t go to plan but the time away from work responsibilities and spending time with someone living a different lifestyle gives Ian ‘food for thought’. Can money really buy happiness?
I enjoyed the audible version of this little novella. I was enthralled with the description of the castle and the setting. The tree and decorations sounded so nostalgic and idyllic. The narrator, Jan Cramer, was very clear and her voiceovers of the different characters was great. I would totally recommend this lovely novella set at Christmas time showing you what is really important in families. I would have loved the story to be longer and would like Victoria to write more about the characters we were introduced to. 5/5*
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