What they say: This Christmas fall in love with the town of Chesterwood…
Christmas is meant to be a time of giving, so with Chesterwood food bank under risk of closure Fern knows just what to do to save it. She’s going to get the town to create a living advent calendar. Fern, and her best friends, call for help from the local community to bring this calendar to life. When Kit, the new man in town, offers his assistance Fern’s heart can’t help but skip a beat (or two). As they grow ever closer, Fern must admit that Kit’s breaking down the barriers she built after the death of her husband. But his past is holding him back and Fern doesn’t know how to reach him. No matter how hard she tries.In this town, Kit’s not the only one with secrets. Domestic goddess Cara is behaving oddly, burning meals in the oven and clothes whilst ironing, and Davina’s perfect children are causing trouble at school leaving her son, Jasper, desperately unhappy.Can the Christmas Calendar Girls find a way to bring the community together in time to save the food bank, while still supporting their families and each other? Can Fern find love again with Kit? This is a story about kindness and letting go of the past. It’s about looking out for your neighbours and about making every day feel like Christmas.
The Review: A living advent calendar. To start with, can you get an actual better premise for a Christmas book? Put that with an author that I already knew to write beautiful romance and smile along romantic comedy and I was one hundred percent in!
This is a cosy, charming, and yet bright book with a range of characters I fully enjoyed. I’ll admit I actually found it very emotional at times and at one stage considered taking a break because I found some aspects so sad, not just that of Adam (which hit me hard, one little hint of how nice he was and what they’d gone through at the end and I was nearly on the floor!).
The Christmas aspect was spectacular, and transported you to Chesterwood and the community as well as any movie could. There were many moments I smiled appreciatively, some lovely romance, very well done everyday and of course a bucket full of heartwarming happenings that made you take a breath, leading to the ending this lovely book deserved. Very much recommended and I look forward to Ms. Tonge’s next book! Thanks so much to Aria for allowing me to be part of the blog tour and for the book in return for an honest review.
About the Author
Samantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK with her husband and children. She studied German and French at university and has worked abroad, including a stint at Disneyland Paris. She has travelled widely.When not writing she passes her days cycling, baking and drinking coffee. Samantha has sold many dozens of short stories to women’s magazines.She is represented by the Darley Anderson literary agency. In 2013, she landed a publishing deal for romantic comedy fiction with HQDigital at HarperCollins and in 2014, her bestselling debut, Doubting Abbey, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction best Ebook award. In 2015 her summer novel, Game of Scones, hit #5 in the UK Kindle chart and won the Love Stories Awards Best Romantic Ebook category. In 2018 Forgive Me Not, heralded a new direction into darker women’s fiction with publisher Canelo. In 2019 she was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association romantic comedy award