#BlogTour #Review : The Gift of Happiness by Holly Martin @HollyMAuthor

Today I’m thrilled to review the second book set in the village of Happiness. If you missed my review of the first book you can find it here.  Many thanks to Holly for having me on the tour and sending me a copy of the book to review.


Blurb:  This December Ruby Marlowe is relocating her little Christmas shop and everything she owns to the pretty seaside village of Happiness. With her best friend Willow already living there, and a heartbreaking past she’d rather forget, Ruby jumped at the offer of a cosy cottage and a fresh start on the Cornish coast. But she wasn’t the only one…

The last person Ruby expects to find in Happiness is her summer fling, the very gorgeous Jacob Harrington. He’s the only man who has come close to unlocking her heart, and therefore the one man she knew she could never see again. But now he’s here in the same village, and the chemistry between them is more electric than ever.

Falling in love again is something Ruby has vowed never to do. But Jacob is determined to change her mind.

As the village sparkles with Christmas lights and the snow begins to fall, can Jacob convince Ruby that love is worth the risk? And will Ruby accept the gift of happiness that Jacob is offering her before it’s too late?



My Review:  Having read the previous Happiness book and met Ruby in that one I was interested to learn more of her story, which is exactly what we get in this book. In this story, Ruby is moving into Happiness for a fresh start, bumping into Jacob again which she didn’t expect, and find out that sometimes the way you’ve lived for years isn’t always the best way for you.

It was nice to revisit the village again. Into this growing enthusiastic village Ruby appears, like a glittery whirling snow angel. Aside from serious and sad moments she bounces about with so much energy she should be renamed Tigger. I’m not lacking in energy but Ruby would wear me out if we met, I’m never that bouncy. She has so much enthusiasm and zest for life that she ends up organising a few Christmas charity plans as well as settling into the village and setting up her new shop.

Ruby is perfectly cast as a lover of Christmas, it fits her really well. I could easily imagine her shop in the village absolutely crammed with sparkles and lights and all things glittery and that’s what reading the book was like. It was full of glitter, sparkles and joy. There is so much warmth in this book that you can’t help but want Ruby to achieve her goals and things to work out for her and some of the other characters.

This is a fun, cosy Christmassy read which is best read with hot chocolate with lashings of cream and marshmallows!





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