Wednesday 14 December 2022

๐ŸŽ„ Festive Read ~ The Christmas Holiday by Phillipa Ashley

Avon Books UK
10 November 2022

My thanks to the publishers for my copy of this book

She’s planned the perfect Christmas. But fate might have other ideas…

Krystle didn’t have a normal childhood and longed for warm family Christmases with presents under the tree. Now she makes sure everyone else has the perfect Christmas she never had, bringing beautiful decorations to cheer as many people as possible.

With her festive business booming, she decides to celebrate by renting a secluded house in the Lakes, with a plan to make this the ultimate yuletide getaway.

But fate immediately throws a spanner in the works in the form of a broken-down car, a flooded river and Max; a man who despises Christmas.

Krystle becomes determined to show Max the joys of the holiday. She won’t take no for an answer.

Can she melt Max’s Grinch-like heart? And can he show her that life doesn’t need to go to plan to take you somewhere magical…

๐ŸŽ„My Review…

Krystle once visited the pretty Cumbrian village of Thorndale as a child and never forgot her view of what she called the Christmas house. Now grown up and with the opportunity to hire the house for the festive period, Krys is determined to have the perfect Christmas. However, right from the start, the fickle finger of fate intervenes and her time in Thorndale soon becomes a Christmas which Krys will never forget.

Beautifully festive the story wraps around you like a comfort blanket and pretty soon the warmth of the people who call Thorndale home soon become as familiar as friends. I particularly enjoyed meeting members of the Mountain Rescue Team whose bravery and steadfastness reiterates just what an important service this is to the hillside communities of Cumbria. I also enjoyed watching the development of Krys’s burgeoning friendship with the taciturn, Max who lives in a nearby bothy as this brings a lovely element of will they, won’t they romance into the story. 

Setting the story amongst the hills and fells of the Lake District lends itself perfectly to this light and easy festive read and The Christmas Holiday certainly has all the lovely elements which this author does so well. Festive escapism at its best and a perfect read when you need to chill out during the stress of Christmas.

๐Ÿท Best Read with… a glass of festive fizz

About the Author

Phillipa Ashley is a Sunday Times and Amazon Top 10 best selling author of uplifting romantic novels.

Twitter @PhillipaAshley #The ChristmasHoliday


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