Love and Lies At The Village Christmas Shop by Portia MacIntosh – Book Review

IMG_20180922_172654The Blurb: 

Blast the Michael Bublé, wrap your hands around a cinnamon latte and enjoy this warm, hilarious Christmas novel!

Ivy loves Christmas. As owner of Christmas Every Day, the year-round festive store, you’d expect nothing less!

The only thing missing in Ivy’s life is a dash of romance – something her twin sister Holly will not let her forget…

When her mother passed away, Ivy vowed to take over the running of her mother’s store and keep the Christmas spirit alive in the idyllic seaside town of Marram Bay.

But all this changes when an enigmatic businessman moves to the town, threatening to bulldoze her beloved shop to make way for holiday complex.

Can Ivy save her shop before Christmas? Could there be a different side to the newest resident of Marram Bay that would make all her Christmas wishes come true?

Ebook published 8th October 2018 by HQ Digital Paperback out 29th November

Available to buy here and at other book shops.



My Thoughts:

Cinnamon latte anyone?

This is actually MacIntosh’s second book based in Marram Bay (with its Yorkshire charm and causeway tides) but I haven’t read the first and that definitely didn’t detract from my enjoyment and understanding of the plot (I am however going to catch up with it because of how much I loved this book and her writing).

Holly and Ivy are non-identical twins that are as different as they look. Ivy is wonderfully bookish, independent and committed to her shop; Ivy is a savvy mum of 2 with a husband that works away and a lot of dislike for Christmas (for understandable reasons). Both sisters have suffered many heartaches and this book explores their different approaches to the festive season, and to life, but also their incredible bond and the ways they support each other. With everything they hold dear under threat it seems a Christmas miracle or two are much needed; you very much feel one of the family as you experience this life-changing season with them.

I really felt a connection with the peripheral characters in this book, there really is a community that provides much of the laugh out loud moments. Loveable rogue Gaz stole my heart and smooth operator Seb brings such a dilemma to the story that you just get hooked in to trying to figure him out.

Full of festive memories, nostalgia, pain, heartache, and loyalty, can anything ever be kept just as it was forever?


Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.


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