Christmas at Lilac Cottage by Holly Martin

Normally I would write a little description of this book but there are so many other reviews out there that have already done this so I’ve decided to skip straight to what I thought of it and post the synopsis from Goodreads for anyone who hasn’t already seen it.

From Goodreads:  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?

My review:  5 stars.   Christmas at Lilac Cottage is being billed as “a perfect romance to curl up by the fire with” and I completely agree with that assessment. As someone who hates seeing Christmas stuff in shops in September, I never usually read Christmas books this early, but after a bit of gentle persuasion from someone and having seen the endless rave reviews about this book I decided to make an exception and I wasn’t disappointed. This is a lovely book of new relationships, misunderstandings and putting things right. Although it is a lovely, light read it does deal with important issues that affect many people but does it in such a way that these issues don’t weigh the story down. The descriptions of White Cliff Bay and the characters that live there are well-written and realistic and, apart from one person, very likeable. I loved the little surprise at the end and would love to see a sequel to this book, even a novella would be wonderful as I would hate to think this is the last we’ve seen of Penny, Henry and Daisy.

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