Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for A Cosy Christmas in Cornwall. I can tell you, it was certainly a deliciously cosy read, perfect for the upcoming festive season!
A December to remember…
Christmas in a Cornish castle? Sign Ivy Starforth up! Hired to kit out the holiday rental as the world’s most Instagramable festive dreamland, there’s only one thing standing in the way of her hefty paycheque – the lord of the manor.
Bill Markham could give Scrooge a run for his money but Ivy is firmly #TeamChristmas…even if her handsome host seems to be doing everything he can to sabotage her staging. Maybe she shouldn’t have stumbled in on him starkers in the hot tub?
As the temperature outside cools, things inside the castle heat up. It’s been a long time since Ivy allowed herself to give in to temptation…surely one little kiss under the mistletoe won’t hurt?
Christmas in a Cornish castle?! Definitely, yes please! A Cosy Christmas in Cornwall is a most enticing, feel-great, cosy Christmasy read. This is thanks in major part to the two lead characters, who make you fall in love with them right as they fall in love with each other.
Talk about social media hijacking of life and, even worse, Christmas!! Ivy is a window stylist for a major department store and all-round, make it look fantastic image projector. She covers up her own pain and grief behind layers and layers of actions meant to help others. She does nothing to help or forgive herself and hides the physical scars of past mistakes behind stylish hairstyles and cute hats.
The story is told only from Ivy’s perspective and so we get to know her motivations, worries and despair very well. Yet, through her interactions with Will and his responses, we get a very good picture of him as well.
Will has his own baggage from the past to bear. He’s sarcastic, ironic, handsome, capable and hurting more than anyone can realize. He finds in Ivy a way to connect with a happier time in the past. He also finds himself, albeit after many muck-ups, the subject of her fairy godmother ways. In return, he hopes to help her find a way to the light at the end of her dark tunnel.
The relationship that develops between these two is fraught with conflict and challenges. However, they both find in each other a lifeline that is worth holding on for.
The secondary players all add to the overall enjoyment of the story. Keith (Will’s new-age surfer Dad), Miranda and Ambrose are the characters who provide us with much comic relief, especially as Keith continuously reminds everyone to ‘carpe those effing diems’. His live-in-the-moment outlook is most refreshing and necessary amidst a sea of people, young and older, glued to their electronic devices and committed to projecting the most picture perfect versions of themselves for social media.
The only negative I found was that the story does drag a bit. Up to almost a third into the tale it’s all about, ‘Oh my goodness this is missing, Libby is going to be mad. We have to fix it.’ Over and over again. However, a few juicy tidbits are also thrown in about Ivy’s past accident and we are given a few telling glimpses of Bill. By the second half of the book, the stage is fully set and readers can get into the action and forward momentum of the narrative.
Overall, I found this book to a most delicious and enjoyable Christmas read. The ultimate message is, Christmas and life is meant to be enjoyed and spent with those you love. Oh, did I mention the morning baking wars….? You’ll have to read to find out more.
I give A Cosy Christmas in Cornwall 4/5 delectable espresso shots!
About the Author
Jane Linfoot is a best selling author, who lives in a cottage on a Derbyshire hillside with her family and their pets. Although she loves seeing cow noses over the garden wall, she’s happy she can walk to a supermarket.
Jane grew up in North Yorkshire where she spent a lot of her childhood avoiding horizontal gales blowing off the sea and wrote her first book by accident. While she loves to write feel good books that let readers escape, she’s always surprised to hear her stories make people laugh, admits to (occasionally) crying as she writes, and credits her characters for creating their own story lines.
Jane’s garden would be less brambly if she wasn’t on Facebook and Twitter so often. On days when she wants to be really scared, she rides a tandem.
Her recent stand alone novels are all set in and around the (imaginary) seaside village of St Aidan in Cornwall. They are: Ivy’s Cornish Christmas, Edie’s Browne’s Cottage by the Sea, The Little Cornish Kitchen. Her four book Little Wedding Shop series are standalone stories, also set in St Aidan. They are: The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea, Christmas at the Little Wedding Shop, Summer at the Little Wedding Shop and Christmas Promises at the Little Wedding Shop. They are all published by the Harper Impulse and One More Chapter imprints of Harper Collins.
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