When Jess Rigby lost her dad, the family coped in different ways, alone in their grief. Now, her mum seems to be going off the rails and her sister, Isla, who moved to France, is now back and determined to get the old family home on the market. But the last thing Jess wants this Christmas is for renovations to start on the house. It’s sure to stir up old memories she’s desperate to forget. And to make things worse, Isla seems to have hired the most obnoxious builder in the world to do the work. Jess could ignore the fact that women seem to be putty in his hands. But what she finds harder to ignore is the frisson she gets every time she squeezes past him in the mess that is now their beloved family home! Soon, the house begins to give up its secrets, some of them shocking. Can the family finally start talking and find a way to move on from the past this Christmas?
Rosie Green is the author of the much-loved, best-selling novellas in the LITTLE DUCK POND CAFE series. This is her first full-length Christmas book.
Reading the blurb for this book, I knew that it was going to be an emotional roller coaster of a read. To lose a loved one and then to also prepare yourself for the sale of the family home, I could feel my eyes fill up before I had even embarked on reading the story.
Jess and her sister Isla couldn’t be anymore different in personalities. It did take me a little longer to warm to Isla, but as I got to know her better, I could feel myself softening towards her.
Not only is Jess still grieving for her dad, she also has to keep an eye on her mum who has been acting quite odd. My heart went out to this family as we find out more about how their loss came about. Some parts really are quite emotional yet so heart warming.
Whilst there is the hope of romance, this is definitely a story about family and the relationships within it. It’s also about loss and how each person deals with it. You also get the wonderful festive spirit coming through and it being the most magical time of the year.
Snowflakes Over Moondance Cottage has it all. A home makeover, family, romance, loss. I think I cried as much as I smiled whilst reading it. There is something very personal about this story that affected me more deeply than I had imagined it would. The characters’ feelings and emotions didn’t just wash over me, they soaked into me. A heartfelt and endearing read that will pull on your heartstrings.
My thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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Rosie has been scribbling
stories ever since she was little.
Back then, they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’.
Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all – unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.
Rosie’s brand new series of novellas is centred around life in a village cafe. The latest, ‘Bonfires & Hot Chocolate at the Little Duck Pond Cafe’, is out now.
Watch out for ‘A Winter Wedding at the Little Duck Pond Cafe’, which will be published Christmas 2019.
Rosie is also writing a full-length, standalone book for Christmas 2019, entitled ‘Snowflakes over Moondance Cottage’.
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