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As Christmas draws closer I thought it might be nice to feature a Christmas book in the spotlight. Today’s book is Christmas at the Little Cottage by the Sea by the lovely Rachel Griffiths.

  • Title: Christmas at the Little Cottage by the Sea
  • Author: Rachel Griffiths
  • Publisher: Cosy Cottage Books
  • Publication Date: 15th November 2019

Copy purchased via http://www.amazon.co.uk

Description:

This winter, curl up with the new festive novella from the author of The Cosy Cottage Cafe series.

Driving around unfamiliar country lanes, while enduring the scorn of her teenage daughter, wasn’t how Pippa Hardy thought she’d start the Christmas holidays, but her satnav seems to be more confused than she is.

Joe Roberts has had a difficult year following the loss of his mother. Added to this, he’s trying to run his own business while dealing with pressure from his sister about when he’ll finish renovating their mother’s house. So when his best friend, Luke Hardy, invites him to a remote Welsh cottage to join his family for Christmas, it seems like the break he needs.

Christmas at a cottage by the sea sounds appealing, but sometimes having all the people you care about together in one place can be a festive recipe for disaster — especially when unexpected guests arrive.

As snow falls, carols play and Pippa and Joe face the ghosts of Christmas past under the mistletoe, they realise that there might actually be more than festive magic sparkling between them.

My Thoughts:

There’s something so lovely about grabbing a book by one of your favourite authors, and as soon as I hear that Rachel Griffiths has a book due out I have a pre-order in. I was absolutely thrilled to see Christmas at the Little Cottage by the Sea pop onto my Kindle last month, but I did have a sneaky preview of this book in my role as a proofreader over at Noble Owl Proofreading.

Pippa Hardy is a character that many readers will connect with, she’s a wonderfully kind and compassionate character that cares deeply about her family and friends. Being a mum, sister, daughter, friend … her time is spent putting everyone else first. So this Christmas, with her daughter being that little bit older, Pippa can look forward to a break and relaxing. Finding an old friend joining their family gathering makes Pippa falter, but that’s not the only expected guest to appear.

A Christmas tale usually needs laughter, mishaps and love, and Rachel Griffiths gives her fans all of these and more! I laughed at the way things played out, I gasped in shock when revelations were uttered and I smiled so much while reading this story. The wonderfully rich details woven throughout make this such a treat for readers, the atmospheric setting comes alive through Rachel’s writing, you can smell the mince pies that are baking, you can see the delights in the farm shop and the Christmas market … she has such a way with words that you feel you’re there, watching the story play out right in front of you as if it were on a TV.

If you’ve read any of her other books, you will know that there’s a cosy loveliness that emanates from the pages, and in Christmas at the Little Cottage by the Sea, Rachel Griffiths manages to pull together characters that are genuine, and relatable, some may well remind you of your own family members. Their lives reflect a lot of what we have going on around us and seeing them struggle and find a course to follow is ultimately heartwarming.

It’s fair to say this book is also a wonderful escape from the festive madness of shopping, wrapping, cooking … it’s the perfect accompaniment to a hot mug of cocoa, tea or coffee, one warms the stomach and the other warms the soul.

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