What they say: 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?
The review: After reading Edie Browne’ s Cottage by the Sea, I knew I was onto one of my fave authors and this book did nothing to sway me away-I mean how can you find someone who does heart stopping beautiful backdrops, mesmirising romance and solid, funny characters, peppered with great humour and not be a huge fan?
I will start, as always, with the comedy. I made some comedy predictions in this-as in ‘I hope this will happen’ and (yessss!!!!) they did! Ivy was a great character, her unluckiness was extreme and very well done, in fact I loved how we were set up with plenty of scenarios to give not too disastrous consequences and so could make you properly laugh but most definitely did not detract from the more moving side to the story, her past, the descriptions of which made my heart tumble into my stomach.
The love/hate aspect to Ivy and Bill’s story especially has to be mentioned, because I enjoyed it so much!!! There are a lot of characters, some quite unlikable but for the most part their redemption comes and not only that, arrives as a surprise that makes you smile.
All in all I loved this book and will again make an attempt to get back to Jane Linfoot’s epic back catalogue, which will be beyond a pleasure. Thanks so much to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the book in return for an honest review and allowing me to be part of this blog tour.
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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 shecan 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 whenshe 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 inCornwall. 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 theHarper Impulse and One More Chapter imprints of Harper Collins. Follow Jane onTwitter @janelinfoot, or find her on her Author Page Facebook or her Personal Page Facebook. She’s also on Instagram,and has lots of Pinterest boards relating to her novels.
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