Penny Meadows loves her home - a cozy cottage decorated with pretty twinkling fairy lights and stunning views over the town of White Cliff Bay. She also loves her job as an ice-carver, creating breathtaking sculptures. Yet her personal life seems frozen.
When Henry and daughter Daisy arrive at the cottage to rent the annex, Penny is determined to make them feel welcome. But while Daisy is friendly, Henry seems guarded.
As Penny gets to know Henry, she realizes there is more to him than meets the eye. And the connection between them is too strong to ignore.
While the spirit of the season sprinkles its magic over the seaside town and preparations for the ice sculpting competition and Christmas Eve ball are in full swing, can Penny melt the ice and allow love into her heart? And will this finally be the perfect Christmas she's been dreaming of?
Like a creamy hot chocolate with marshmallows, you won't want to put this deliciously heartwarming novel down.
©2015 Holly Martin (P)2016 Bookouture
Didn't get to finish as the narration was annoying, the accents were terrible and were not consistent to the characters.
Story predictable .
enjoyed all of the book. amazing how someone can write a book with a few characters and make a story...the narrator was very good in adapting each moment of of the books character including the funny areas....a very enjoyable book from beginning to end
R W Mitchell
A strong story & less repetitive writing style. The characters were weak & very irritating. It's a shame because the setting was magical and the general idea was good but just not what I was expecting.
Terrible accents in places & the voices of the characters were generally weak. Sorry but I just didn't enjoy the narrator.
A better narrator and less unnecessary use of the word 'clearly' . Clearly, clearly, clearly eventually I would groan whenever the word came up.
This is my first (and last) Holly Martin.
I thought the narration was really uninspiring and actually I got so tired of the word clearly and the tedious reading I changed book before the story finished.
"Unrealistic plot line"
The narrator is really good. The characters are cute. But the whole book takes place within the span of a WEEK! first meet, then deep, life altering love within 7 days. Really?!
"Laugh until you cry"
At first, I didn't think much of the story with the scene when they met. Then, spilling all the sordid bits of their life story within hours of meeting. It is as much a story of a nice, gossipy small town that pulls together when it needs to. there were a couple of howlingly funny scenes where I laughed until I nearly cried: penny explaining the sex noises from her room to 16 year old Daisy, trying to have sex in the car, and the crime report for the town. Penny also did a great job in telling Daisy why not to rush into sex, but also providing her with condoms.
"Not a Christmas story . . ."
The only thing that makes CHRISTMAS AT LILAC COTTAGE a Christmas story is that it was set during the Christmas season. Otherwise it's a romance. I typically do not read this type of book, but was desperate for some Christmas spirit. I was sad it didn't help with my lack of festivity and excitement about the holiday. It was an okay story. I found that I have thought about the storyline a few times since I read it a few months ago, so maybe it was better than I first believed??? Anyhow-- the bottom line is:
-Performed better than written
-Edited very well
-NOT a Christmas story
"A lovely Christmas romance"
A story that is delightfully pure escapism into a small English village. Already bought the next book in the trilogy. The plot is simple enough(boy meets girl who is socially awkward and doesn't know how attractive she is), however it is the atmosphere of an English village around Christmas time that makes this a truly enjoyable read. Solid 4 stars.
Twists and turns
There are a few
Lots of ups and downs. Never knew what was coming next.
"Good narrator, weak story"
I don't expect a deep, complicated story with chicklit - but I do expect a good, entertaining story that has ups, downs & struggles that get worked thru. This book had some character conflicts that were resolved way too quickly & the whole thing just left me feeling bored, not entertained at all. Some mildly funny parts, but it all could've been much more interesting with better writing.
Wonderful story with great characters, I totally recommend this read. Perfect for winter vacation. Fun.
I was just looking for a nice cozy Christmas story and I got a dimestore romance.
"Sweet but Too Many Angst"
Sweet story, showing much promise but falling short overall because of too many teenaged angst for an adult woman. Fast Christmas read/listen, with a slightly insecure female and a grouchy single father of a 16 year old female. I like that the female is an artist, an ice carver and the male is a wood carver and furniture designer. At times I wanted to hurry through the contrived parts and other times I enjoyed the story. It's a happy ending and ultimately a sweet story but I won't read it again. About half of this story I listened to on Audible and once the narrator relaxed into the story I loved her narration.
Not my normal fare, but I got a good deal so I had a listen. What a delightful and well-crafted story. I loved every minute of it. And I am on to the next book in the series. Heartwarming. Kind. Great characters. Kept me happy from start to finish (a difficult feat)!
Well, not a book, but a movie. Jude Law and Cameron Diaz -- HOLIDAY.
No, I haven't, but she was really marvelous. Narration can destroy a great book, but Emma made this one even better.
Predictable story, but it's soft Romance and we love a happy ending, right? :)
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