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.
I absolutely loved the other books to do with Lily Pond Lane so was beyond excited to see there was a Christmas book out also. I would encourage readers to read the others mainly because they are fabulous but this reads easily as a stand alone so don’t worry if you haven’t been fortunate enough to read them yet.
It was great to catch up with the characters again and meet some new ones. I loved the descriptions of the area even more with all the snow and you definitely get the whole Christmas vibe, of which, as it isn’t that far off, it does get you in the mood and made me think of making a start on my Christmas shopping lol.
The highlight was definitely catching up with Mia and Ella. I’m sure like me when you really love a book where the characters have become like friends, you often wonder if it was happily ever after for them or what may have happened in their lives since then. Obviously you will have to read the book yourself to see if things are just as rosy or not.
Christmas On Lily Pond Lane was an idyllic read that really gets you in the festive mood. A wonderfully engaging story that is heartwarming and highly satisfying. Loved it.
My thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Christmas On Lily Pond Land is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that link used is an affiliate link).
Author Bio –
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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