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Title: Christmas at Black Cherry Retreat
Author: Angela Britnell
Publisher: Choc Lit
Published: December 3rd, 2018
This is a heartwarming romance set mainly in Pine Ridge, Tennessee and most of the characters are members of the Chambers family – and they really are great! The whole extended family are lovable, nosey, supportive and warm, the sort who need to know everything about you but only because they love you and want to help not hurt, though sometimes they can be a bit too much! Tom Chambers has restored the cabins in the nearby Black Cherry Retreat, helping him cope after his wife was killed in front of him. Now he’s running it as a retreat and Freebird Winter, aka Fee, has been advised to stay there to help her heal after her job as a war photographer resulted in more trauma that she could cope with.
Tom’s family all live in the surrounding area in dramatic contrast to Fee who isn’t sure who her father is or where her mother is now and knows of no other family members. She has never had a real home or base, being taken all over the world with her mother as a child, never staying anywhere for more than a month or two, and then travelling herself as a photographer. . . . . The attraction between the two is instantaneous but both try to resist because of their past experiences. Can love find a way to heal their broken hearts and open them up to love?
There’s plenty of drama in this book – with escaped criminals, family fun and so much more. However, it is the location and the brilliant descriptions that brought it to life that really shone in this story. The retreat sounds an idyllic place – my husband would love it there with no mobile phone connectivity or wi-fi, not so sure I’d like that aspect! The family relationships are the other key feature of this story and the superb characters, especially little Lulu who would probably melt even the most hardened heart, she’s a delightful and much loved child.
Whilst the title suggests everything happens at Christmas, this story actually starts before Thanksgiving and it definitely a story to escape into regardless of the season. This is a lovely story, with great characters, in a fantastic setting that I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend.
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book without obligation. This is my honest review after choosing to read it.
What if you had nowhere to call home for Christmas?
When Fee Winter books a winter break at the remote Black Cherry Retreat in the small town of Pine Ridge, Tennessee, it’s with the idea that the peace and quiet will help her recuperate from her hectic life as a photographer.
But what she didn’t bank on was meeting Tom Chambers and his huge, interfering yet lovable family. With them, could Fee finally experience the warmth and support that’s been missing from her own life – and maybe even find a place to call home in time for Christmas?
Author Bio –
Angela grew up in Cornwall, England and returns frequently from her new home in Nashville, Tennessee. A lifelong love of reading turned into a passion for writing contemporary romance and her novels are usually set in the many places she’s visited or lived on her extensive travels. After more than three decades of marriage to her American husband she’s a huge fan of transatlantic romance and always makes sure her characters get their own happy-ever-after. Over the last twelve years she’s been multi-published and sold over 25 novels. She also writes short stories for women’s magazines. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, the Romance Writers of America and the Music City Romance Writers.
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