I'm delighted to be one of the stops on the blog tour for A Vicarage Christmas by Kate Hewitt. Today you can catch my review along with the chance to enter a lovely giveaway. First of all let's take a look at the description for the book...
Series: The Holley Sisters of Thornthwaite Bk 1
Genre: Women’s fiction/romance
Release Date: October 18, 2017
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Welcome to Thornthwaite, a quaint village tucked up in England’s beautiful but rainy Lake District… where homecomings happen and surprises are in store for the four Holley sisters…
Anna Holley, the third of four sisters, has always felt a little bit forgotten. A family tragedy when she was a child had her retreating deep into shyness, and social anxiety kept her on the fringes of the cozy, chaotic bustle of the busy vicarage.
When she finished school Anna left for Manchester and tried to avoid coming back home and the well-meaning nosiness being a Holley sister in a small village like Thornthwaite meant… but when her father says he has an important announcement to make, she’s drawn back home for the happy chaos of a vicarage Christmas.
Avoiding her sisters’ bossy questions, Anna heads out to the local pub one night, and meets a handsome stranger nursing a pint. Somehow, unburdened by expectations, Simon seems like the perfect person to spill all her secrets to—including a hopeless, long-held crush on her sister’s boyfriend. Confident she’ll never see him again, Anna returns home… only to discover the next day that Simon is actually her father’s new curate!
Anna is beyond mortified, but Simon won’t let her retreat into her usual shyness—and for once Anna is forced to confront the past, and all the fears and feelings she’d tried so long to hide. But with his own heartache that needs to heal, can Simon help Anna to make this the most magical Christmas either of them have known?
A Vicarage Christmas is book one in a new series by Kate Hewitt. The reader gets a lovely introduction to the Holley family and this story begins with Anna. My heart went out to Anna, I could totally understand how uncomfortable she was especially having to cope with her anxiety and shyness in certain situations. There is also a sadness to Anna that definitely pulled at my heart strings. Throughout the story you can see her finding herself with a more comfortable and assured personality emerging. This is in part down to her friendship with Simon, they begin to form a lovely friendship that helps both of them come to terms with their pasts.
Even though it's a short story you get a good feel for the characters and their situations. These characters have a lovely depth that just added to the overall story. A Vicarage Christmas moves pretty quickly mainly because of the length but it doesn't have that rushed feeling to it. The setting is lovely along with the village of Thornthwaite and Kate Hewitt has brought a beautiful place to life. I really enjoyed getting to know Anna and her sisters, I will be looking forward to reading their stories too!
Sweet and heart warming, a lovely Christmas treat!
Four stars from me!
With thanks to Brook Cottage Books for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.
Kate Hewitt is the author of over 60 novels of women’s fiction and romance. Whatever the genre, she enjoys telling an emotionally compelling story. An American ex-pat, she now lives in a small market town in Wales with her husband and five children.
Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1269244.Kate_Hewitt
First Prize: Amazon gift card
Second Prize: Copy of A Cotswold Christmas (ecopy)