|White Cliff Bay #1|
The book blurb..
Penny Meadows loves her cosy cottage with its stunning views over the snow topped town of White Cliff Bay, but not even the roaring log fire can keep her heart from feeling frozen.
That is until dashing Henry and his daughter Daisy arrive for the festive season. And between decking the halls and baking mince pies, penny realises there is more to Henry than meets the eye.
With sleigh bells ringing and fairy lights twinkling, the Christmas ball is in full swing.
Will Penny be able to melt the ice and allow love into her heart?
And will she finally have the perfect Christmas she's been dreaming of?
On a cold and frosty day I decided to curl up in my favourite chair with a cup of hot chocolate and lost myself in the sugary goodness of Christmas at Lilac Cottage.
Penny Meadows is a trained ice sculptor whose world is sometimes as frosty as the ice blocks she so beautifully carves. Seemingly content with only the company of her aging dog Bernard she appears to be something of a lonely figure. Sure, she has good friends in the small community of White Cliff Bay, but since a failed relationship left her bruised she seems happy to live her life fairly solitary, that is, until the charming Henry and his teenage daughter Daisy come to rent the annex attached to her home at Lilac Cottage.
What then follows is an appealing story which looks at the trials and tribulations of relationships, not just between men and women, but also about fathers and daughters. The author writes well, and with wit and warmth she allows her characters to really come alive on the page. The inevitable attraction between Henry and Penny is handled really nicely and there are some lovely light touches which show that the path of true love never runs smoothly. The inclusion of teenager Daisy into the mix gives the book an altogether different dynamic and alters the tone of the story, and gives an altogether different perspective on how adult relationships develop when there are teenagers to consider.
I really enjoyed this light and easy to read Christmas story and will certainly be returning to White Cliff Bay again.
Best Read with...Smooth and velvety hot chocolate and one of Holly's mince pie cakes...
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My thanks to Emily at Bonnier Zaffre for my review copy of Christmas at Lilac Cottage