Snowflakes Over Holly Cove by Lucy Coleman- Book Review

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The Blurb:

The perfect Christmas romance for fans of Karen Swan.

As the snowflakes start to fall, the village of Holly Cove welcomes a new tenant to the beautiful old cottage on the beach…

For lifestyle magazine journalist Tia Armstrong, relationships, as well as Christmas, have lost all their magic. Yet Tia is up against a Christmas deadline for her latest article ‘Love is, actually, all around’…

So Tia heads to Holly Cove where the restorative sea air, and rugged stranger Nic, slowly but surely start mending her broken heart.

Tia didn’t expect a white Christmas, and she certainly never dared dream that all her Chiristmas wishes might just come true…

Set in Caswell Bay on the stunningly rugged Gower Coast, the cottage nestles amid the limestone cliffs and the woodlands; the emotions run as turbulently as the wind-swept sea.

As cosy as a marshmallow-topped cup of cocoa, fall in love with a heart-warming festive story from the bestselling author of The French Adventure.

Ebook Published 18th September by Aria you can buy here or at any bookshops.

 

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My Thoughts:

An effortlessly charming and easy going romance that sweeps you off your feet.

The story starts with poignant Christmas memories setting the scene for Tia’s eventual heartache and profound change. Haunted by these memories she sets to return to work and with it comes the assignment that is hoped by all to be the remedy she needs.

It’s probably not too much of a plot spoiler to say that this remedy turns out to involve a romance. I liked how this wasn’t developed in a tense way, it was more of a subtle, drama-free kindling of the relationship that seemed very true to life and still full of the tender sparks of a new romance. Both characters involved have their hurt and vulnerabilities and it is more the exploration of these rather than the sizzling passion that is the focus, which may not be for everyone but for me I rather enjoyed just reading about them and all the other wonderfully complex characters in Holly Cove.

Woven around a series of mysteries you start to unearth the motivations of the characters and all that is meaningful to them, which is endearing and a nod to the true things that matter through Christmas, especially difficult ones. Themes of loss, family, regret and Christmas nostalgia run through the story. The only thing missing for me was more fluffy friends- poor Sid the dog got ditched half way through!

The final third of the book brings the story to a gripping finish that felt just, and with all loose ends tied up in a way that was uplifting.

A perfect read for unwinding, and any book that mentions F1 has a special place in my heart.

Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources and Lucy Coleman for inviting me along on this blog tour and providing me with a free copy of this book to read and review in my own words.

Tour prize

Giveaway . Win a signed paperback of A Cottage in the Country and a rustic wooden heart decoration (Open Internationally)

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LBHAuthor Bio –

From interior designer to author, Linn B. Halton – who also writes under the pen name of Lucy Coleman – says ‘it’s been a fantastic journey!’

Linn is the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels and is excited to be writing for both Aria Fiction (Head of Zeus) and Harper Impulse (Harper Collins); she’s represented by Sara Keane of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

When she’s not writing, or spending time with the family, she’s either upcycling furniture or working in the garden.

Linn won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award; her novels have been short-listed in the UK’s Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards.

Living in Coed Duon in the Welsh Valleys with her ‘rock’, Lawrence, and gorgeous Bengal cat Ziggy, she freely admits she’s an eternal romantic.

Linn is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and writes feel-good, uplifting novels about life, love and relationships.

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/LucyColemanAuth   https://twitter.com/LinnBHalton

 

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