I'm so happy to be one of the stops on the blog tour for Christmas at Conwenna Cove by Darcie Boleyn today along with the lovely Kaisha over at https://thewritinggarnet.wordpress.com/.
I have my review to share with you but first of all let's take a look at the description for the book...
Title: Christmas at Conwenna Cove
Author Name: Darcie Boleyn
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Christmas
Release Date: 9th October 2017
When Grace Phillips travels to Conwenna Cove to help her parents move there 30 years after their honeymoon in the village, she sees why they fell in love with the place. The festive decorations, carols in the air and constant supply of delicious mince pies certainly make it hard to leave. Grace soon meets local vet Oli Davenport and initially finds him rude, but learning about his passion for animals and how much he cares for his two kids helps Grace to see a softer side to Oli.
It’s been two years since Oli lost his wife to cancer. Though he loves eleven-year-old Amy and five-year-old Tom more than anything it’s hard to be mum and dad. He has no interest in romance until he crosses paths with beautiful and kind-hearted Grace. The sparks fly but both Oli and Grace are holding onto fear about letting someone into their heart.
As the snow falls and Christmas wishes come true can Conwenna Cove work its magic and help Grace and Oli find the happiness they both deserve?
Even though this is the second visit to Conwenna Cove this book does actually makes for a perfect standalone. However you would be missing out on Eve and Jack's story along with an adorable greyhound called Gabe. So if you get chance I definitely recommend reading the gorgeous Summer at Conwenna Cove.
The wonderful descriptions of Conwenna will easily pull you into the story just as they did for me. I felt like I was in my own little bubble while reading, completely wrapped up in Grace and Oli's story. There is tragedy in both of their pasts that gives a little emotional pull and I was smiling as they began a tentative friendship.
I loved the little glimpses of characters that I first met in book one especially Eve and Jack. Then you have the lovely addition of Grace's parents, Tom and Amy. There are themes such as grief, loss and family but most of all love all packaged together to make a delightful festive story. Along with a couple of funny moments one in particular involving Grace and her mum Louise in the cafe. I would have been giggling too and I could easily imagine something like that happening to me! These moments lighten the mood perfectly, I have to admit to being a pretty emotional person and there were moments where I had tears in my eyes. Note to self don't read any sad parts on the commute to work. I may have got a few strange looks!
Darcie Boelyn writes the most heart warming and comforting stories that completely wrap you up in the characters lives. If you have never read a book by Darcie Boleyn you are definitely missing out. They really are a warm and loveable treat, I can't recommend them enough!
Conwenna Cove is once again the perfect place to heal and find yourself. There is so much to love about this story with a beautiful sprinkling of hope, love and family - perfect!
With thanks to Ellie at Canelo for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.
Darcie Boleyn has a huge heart and is a real softy. She never fails to cry at books and movies, whether ending is happy or not. Darcie is in possession of an overactive imagination that often keeps her awake at night. Darcie fell in love in New York, got married in the snow, rescues uncoordinated greyhounds and can usually be found reading or typing away on her laptop.