🎄 Festive Read 2021 🎄
Hopley Village #2
My thanks to the publishers for my copy of this book
In gorgeous Hopley village snow is falling and twinkly lights are going up but Holly Hanwell feels anything but Christmassy…
It’s meant to be the most wonderful time of the year but thirty-year-old Holly Hanwell doesn’t really feel like celebrating… not after the bombshell news her boyfriend is leaving her to have a baby with someone else. So Holly’s organised a quiet Christmas in her cosy little house and plans to avoid the traditional village festivities, and anything resembling a man, at all costs.
That is until she bumps into sexy newcomer Edward. He recently bought Christmas House, at the edge of Hopley, but the renovations on the crumbling building are more than he’d bargained for. Sheltering from the snowy weather in the warm village café, Edward makes Holly laugh over delicious mugs of hot chocolate, topped with cream and sprinkles. Despite the spark between them, Holly knows she needs to protect her already fragile heart and she’s determined NOT to fall in love this Christmas.
But holiday magic works in mysterious ways and they keep crossing paths – at the nativity show, the carols, gift shopping – and then a festive crisis at Christmas House unexpectedly brings them together. Yet just as Holly realises her feelings are growing for handsome but complicated Edward she discovers a secret from his past which makes her question everything she thought she knew about him…
Will Holly and Edward’s December romance be over before it’s begun? Or will this be a Christmas to remember?
There's something so magical about Hopley Village which makes you want to move there right away and become one of those lucky people who call the place home. Primary school teacher Holly Hanwell is facing a tough Christmas so she puts all her enthusiasm into creating the perfect festive pageant for her pupils. When her newest pupil arrives at the school, Holly soon develops a special rapport with eight year old Eliza Sutton, and is determined to help the little girl overcome her troubles. Edward Sutton, Eliza's dad, is juggling being a single dad in a new house which needs renovations and living a village where they know no-one. Gradually over the space of this lovely story, the lives of Holly, Eliza and Edward start to intertwine and that's when Hopley village starts sprinkling its magic.
Beautifully written with all the characteristic warmth and empathy which this talented author puts in her stories, I was quite captivated by the way everything just fitted perfectly into place. Never overly sentimental but with a huge smattering of ahhh... moments, I just loved everything about The Little Christmas House. It's a wonderful read for a wintery afternoon by the fire.
About the Author
Tracy Rees was the winner of the Richard and Judy 'Search for a Bestseller' Competition and her books are paperback and kindle bestsellers. A Cambridge graduate, she had a successful eight-year career in nonfiction publishing and a second career practicing and teaching humanistic counselling before becoming a writer. She lives in Wales.
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