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Christmas at Mistletoe Cottage

Hope Meadows, Book 2
Narrated by: Rosie Jones
Series: Hope Meadows, Book 2
Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
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Summary

Christmas has arrived in the little village of Welford. The scent of hot roasted chestnuts is in the air, and a layer of frost sparkles on the ground. 

This year, vet Mandy Hope is looking forward to the holidays. Her animal rescue centre, Hope Meadows, is up and running - and she's finally going on a date with Jimmy Marsh, owner of the local outward bound centre. 

The advent of winter sees all sorts of animals cross Mandy's path, from goats named Rudolph to baby donkeys - and even a pair of reindeer! But when a mysterious local starts causing trouble, Mandy's plans for the centre come under threat. She must call on Jimmy and her fellow villagers to put a stop to the stranger's antics and ensure that Hope Meadows' first Christmas is one to remember. 

One thing's for certain: this Christmas, there'll be animal escapades, kisses under the mistletoe...and plenty of festive cheer for all. 

Hope Meadows is based on the globally best-selling Animal Ark series. Perfect for fans of Katie Fforde, Holly Martin and Cathy Bramley. 

©2017 Lucy Daniels (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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doesn't serve long term fans as well as I'd like

It's a feel good novel and I enjoyed it well enough, though largely for the nostalgia. However, the writing and plot are quite pedestrian and cliche. I guessed who the villain was as soon as they appeared, and the B conflict was one of those frustrating contrived misunderstandings which could have been easily solved if the characters just used their words. I was also annoyed at the continuity issues, considering the draw of the series is that it's a continuation of the Animal Ark books. For example at one point Mandy says that she's never seen reindeer in Welford, appearing to forget the events of Kitten in the Cold.

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happy feels

what a lovely book! I really enjoyed it and a great happy ending! 5* for this great adventure

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animal ark for adults

absolutely love this series, find myself so immersed in the story that I can't stop!