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Title: A Cornish Christmas
Author: Lily Graham
Published: September 30th, 2016
This is a heartwarming story involving tragedy, grief, hope, turmoil, secrets and, most of all, love. Ivy and Stuart have moved from their bustling, hectic lives in London to a much more sedately paced life at Sea Cottage in the Cornish village of Cloudsea. After many years of IVF treatment, Ivy is pregnant and is starting to hope that, at last, things might be going right for her and her family. She now feels strong enough to move her deceased mother’s writing desk into her home. When she does so, she discovers two unfinished items – one is a postcard to Ivy and the other is a Christmas card with Rudolph hand painted on it but without his bright red nose. That is the start of the ‘magical’ connection that runs throughout the story.
Ivy is a children’s book illustrator and author whilst Stuart is endeavouring to live the Good Life – making the most of all the produce in some innovative/weird ways (I mean, considering making turnip jam?!?1?). They’ve been through some traumatic times together and neither dare trust that this pregnancy will work out for them but both dream it will. It is a story of family, including members like Stuart’s Mum who is determined, OCD but loves them even though her actions don’t really show this. It is also an exploration of coping with all life throws at you and knowing that, even though she may be dead, a mother’s love will always strive to protect you and those close to you. I should also point out that there are some other brilliant characters in the story – especially the villagers! You’ll learn some “Cornishisms” from them ☺
It is a story of hope triumphing over adversity and takes the reader through the whole gamut of emotions with the postcard being the key link throughout. Sorry, no more spoilers, you need to read it yourself to discover what happens in this great read!
I was gifted a copy of this book by the author and publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Nestled in the Cornish village of Cloudsea, sits Sea Cottage – the perfect place for some Christmas magic …
At last Ivy is looking forward to Christmas. She and her husband Stuart have moved to their perfect little cottage by the sea – a haven alongside the rugged cliffs that look out to the Atlantic Ocean. She’s pregnant with their much-longed for first baby and for the first time, since the death of her beloved mother, Ivy feels like things are going to be alright.
But there is trouble ahead. It soon emerges that Stuart has been keeping secrets from Ivy, and suddenly she misses her mum more than ever.
When Ivy stumbles across a letter from her mother hidden in an old writing desk, secrets from the past come hurtling into the present. But could her mother’s words help Ivy in her time of need? Ivy is about to discover that the future is full of unexpected surprises and Christmas at Sea Cottage promises to be one to remember.
This Christmas warm your heart and escape to the Cornish coast for an uplifting story of love, secrets and new beginnings that you will remember for many Christmases to come.
Previously published as The Postcard. This is an extended version.
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