Thank you for stopping by I'm delighted to be sharing my review for Christmas on Lily Pond Lane by Emily Harvale as part of the blog tour today! First of all though let's take a look at the description for the book...
Snow is falling in Little Pondale, lights are twinkling and the smell of pine trees and roasting chestnuts fills the air …
But Mia Ward is in a bit of a jam. She’d planned to rent out Corner Cottage for Christmas but thanks to best friend, Ella Swann, it’s double-booked. Now Mia’s got to let one ‘party’ down, or find another cottage – fast.
Best friends and single mums, Cathy Cole and Christy Franks want their kids to have an old-fashioned Christmas. Ice-skating, carol singing, making decorations, and tobogganing are on their list of festive fun and Little Pondale is the perfect place. Especially as it has no mobile phone reception. That will make it harder for Cathy to be found.
City banker, Leo Hardman is wondering if renting a cottage for Christmas as an anniversary surprise for his parents, was such a good idea. Little Pondale may be where his parents met, but his mum doesn’t seem pleased to be back, and his brother, Hal isn’t happy that the village is so tiny and only has one pub.
Meanwhile, Jenny Lake is settling in at her cousin’s bakery, having left her (broken) heart in Florence, but Christmas was never her favourite time of year. And Reverend Glen Fox has taken over at St Michael and All Angels. He’s glad it’s a temporary post because village life is not for him.
But luckily, for locals and visitors alike, there’s a sleigh-load of Christmas magic heading for Lily Pond Lane; enough to put a sparkle in everyone’s festive season. Although Christmas may not go quite as each of them has planned.
Well this is my first Christmas book of 2018 and what a fabulously festive treat! There is such an uplifting vibe to not only this book but the entire Lily Pond Lane series of books. I think in a way it can be read as a standalone but to really get a proper feel for the characters you may want to start at the beginning especially as it is such a gorgeous set of books.
There are quite a few characters especially as it is a novella but it really does provide a good mix of stories this way. Even though we catch up with Mia and her friends we have a new set of characters that bring something extra special too! Little Pondale is such a wonderful setting and Emily Harvale really brought this place to life with Christmas spirit and plenty of joy.
Romance is definitely in the air along with some new beginnings and plenty of heartwarming goodness. Which easily makes Christmas on Lily Pond Lane such an uplifting book to read. If you are looking for that happy, warm and bubbly feeling then this book is a must. There are even reindeers, need I say more! If you are a fan of the festive season why not settle down with this book while you wait for its arrival!
With thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for my copy.
Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now spends her days writing... and chatting on social media. Emily is a Member of the SoA, a PAN member of the RWA and a Pro Member of ALLi. She's an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. Emily loves writing and her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.
Emily says, "I write about friendship, family and falling in love. I believe in happing endings." When she isn't writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies - and will do anything to avoid both.
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