Welcome to Thornwaite, a quaint village tucked up in England’s beautiful but rainy Lake District… where homecomings happen and surprises are in store for the four Holley sisters…
Anna Holley, the third of four sisters, has always felt a little bit forgotten. A family tragedy when she was a child had her retreating deep into shyness, and social anxiety kept her on the fringes of the cozy chaos of the busy vicarage.
After several years away from home, Anna returns for Christmas… and an important announcement from her father. As much as she once loved the village, coming back is hard and puts Anna’s social capabilities to the test.
Avoiding her sisters’ bossy questions, she heads out to the local pub one night, and meets a handsome stranger nursing a pint. Somehow, unburdened by expectations, Simon seems like the perfect person to spill all her secrets to—including a hopeless, long-held crush on her sister’s boyfriend. Confident she’ll never see him again, Anna returns home… only to discover the next day that Simon is actually her father’s new curate!
Anna is beyond mortified, but Simon won’t let her retreat into her usual shyness—and for once Anna is forced to confront the past, and all the fears and feelings she’d tried so long to hide. But with his own heartache that needs to heal, can Simon help Anna to make this the most magical Christmas either of them have known?
A Vicarage Christmas is the first book in the Holley Sisters of Thornthwaite series. Am assuming each one centres on each sister. This one focus on Anna but does leave you very intrigued about the other three sisters, so will be looking forward to finding out more about their stories, whilst catching up with the main characters in this one.
There couldn’t be a more perfect time to pick up this book with being in the month of December, though to be fair you could read it at any time of year. You get the whole sense of Christmas and I love how it is centred around the vicarage which is the family home. The story goes more deeper than that though. It’s about family and learning to face your own demons.
This was a wonderful light hearted read that just goes that little bit deeper. I so enjoyed Anna and Simon’s characters as well as Anna’s parents. You get a real homely feel whilst reading the story and I wanted to jump right in and be part of the family, enjoying their famous Sunday roast with them.
A Vicarage Christmas is a lovely and endearing read that has left me very much looking forward to the rest in the series. I love the Christmas vibe which doesn’t take away from the story itself as well as it being about family and romance. What else could you possibly want? Great read.
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