The Gift of Christmas Yet to Come written by Jo Bartlett, publisher Accent Press, is available NOW in ebook format and is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.
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As a special ed teacher in beautiful St Nicholas Bay, Kate Harris is used to taking the sensible approach. So when she decides that all she wants for Christmas is a family of her own, it seems there’s only one solution.
What Kate hasn’t considered is how the opinion of her friends might de-rail her plans, and almost everyone seems to have a view on what she should do for the best. But when a psychic suggests her destiny is already mapped out for her in red-and-white, Kate’s not sure if she can put her scepticism to one side to listen to any more advice.
There’s a special little boy, Kate hasn’t even met yet, whose whole future hangs on her decision. As Christmas approaches once more, time is running out for St Nicholas Bay to work its magic. Will Kate make the right decision and get the ready-made family she’s never dared dream of, or will it disappear – along with her oldest friend – as Christmas Eve closes in?
This is such a delightful, heart warming festive read with a special, precious storyline.
I loved returning back to St Nicholas Bay, we meet some new characters this time as well as revisiting old ones. St Nicholas Bay is a fictional village on the coast of the south of England. Legend has it that Charles Dickens wrote part of a Christmas Carol in St Nicholas Bay so many of the village premises and businesses hold an affinity to the places and characters taken from this festive classic.
The story focuses on a year in Kate’s life. Kate is a special needs teacher at the local primary school. Kate is desperate for a baby and is fed up of waiting for the right man and the right moment and is making plans for a sperm donor. A chance glance at an article in an old local paper has given Kate inspiration for a different route into motherhood.
We follow Kate on her journey to becoming a parent with some laughs and smiles and some sad and tense moments along the way. Kate has a close knit friendship with 3 friends from her childhood in the village. One of these friends is Will, who is slowly getting his life back together following the breakup of his marriage. However, will his new life take him away from the quartet and the village? I loved this bond of friendship the quartet had. They all had different stories with their lives but were there to support each other.
A truly lovely read that is a gift in itself with it’s heart warming storyline. Jo Bartlett’s novels are becoming a firm favourite of mine. 5/5*
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