Today I’m on the blog tour for A Cosy Christmas in Cornwall, a book which will get you into the festive spirit whether you like it or not. This book is basically an explosion of Christmas so don’t say you weren’t warned. Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for having me on the tour and sending me a copy of the book to review.
A December to remember…
Christmas in a Cornish castle? Sign Ivy Starforth up! Hired to kit out the holiday rental as the world’s most Instagramable festive dreamland, there’s only one thing standing in the way of her hefty paycheque – the lord of the manor.
Bill Markham could give Scrooge a run for his money but Ivy is firmly #TeamChristmas…even if her handsome host seems to be doing everything he can to sabotage her staging. Maybe she shouldn’t have stumbled in on him starkers in the hot tub?
As the temperature outside cools, things inside the castle heat up. It’s been a long time since Ivy allowed herself to give in to temptation…surely one little kiss under the mistletoe won’t hurt?
My Review: This is definitely a different read for me, although it’s of a genre I read a lot the focus on making the picture perfect Christmas made it different from from the others i’ve read.
I enjoyed the story and some of the characters, particularly Ivy and Bill but Libby and Milo left me cold. The way their characters were written was spot on which is why I reacted the way I did, people like that just don’t impress me at all. However, I did enjoy disliking them which is always fun.
The setting of the castle was really interesting, as was the back story between Ivy and Bill which was slowly revealed through the book. It was also interesting to watch people’s reactions to other characters. That’s something that always fascinates me and it was particularly fun in this setting as there were so many varied characters.
If you want something familiar but different as a Christmas read then this is definitely a book worth trying. There are some funny moments, some touching moments and some where you will want to pull your hair out so definitely enough variety for everyone. Perfect with hot chocolate and lashings of whipped cream, oh, and a sea view if you can get it!
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About the author: Jane Linfoot is a best selling author, who lives in a cottage on a Derbyshire hillside with her family and their pets. Although she loves seeing cow noses over the garden wall, she’s happy she can walk to a supermarket.
Jane grew up in North Yorkshire where she spent a lot of her childhood avoiding horizontal gales blowing off the sea and wrote her first book by accident. While she loves to write feel good books that let readers escape, she’s always surprised to hear her stories make people laugh, admits to (occasionally) crying as she writes, and credits her characters for creating their own story lines.
Jane’s garden would be less brambly if she wasn’t on Facebook and Twitter so often. On days when she wants to be really scared, she rides a tandem.
Her recent stand alone novels are all set in and around the (imaginary) seaside village of St Aidan in Cornwall. They are: Ivy’s Cornish Christmas, Edie’s Browne’s Cottage by the Sea, The Little Cornish Kitchen. Her four book Little Wedding Shop series are standalone stories, also set in St Aidan. They are: The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea, Christmas at the Little Wedding Shop, Summer at the Little Wedding Shop and Christmas Promises at the Little Wedding Shop. They are all published by the Harper Impulse and One More Chapter imprints of Harper Collins.