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Title: Christmas at Strand House
Author: Linda Mitchelmore
Publisher: HQ Digital
Published: December 4th, 2018
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I chose to read this story but I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it and was glad I’d done so. Well, it wasn’t surprising really as none of the characters were quite sure what they’d let themselves in for, either! Lissy has recently divorced her cheating husband and, shortly after that her much loved godmother died, leaving Lissy her home, Strand House, which has many childhood happy memories for Lissy. Many of those memories include her friend Claire, who tragically died three years ago. As she knows it is a very large property, Lissy decides to invite three other friends who she normally only keeps in touch with via Facebook and she knows would also be alone for Christmas to come stay with her for the holidays. One of the guests is Xander, Claire’s widower husband, and the other two are Janey and Bobbi who Lissy met whilst on an art course with Claire. All have their own secrets and over their four days together many will be revealed . . . .
This really is a heartwarming story and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The characters are delightfully different, each with their own foibles, secrets and dreams which are slowly revealed as the story progresses. It is a story of accepting the past, living in the present and looking forward to the future with renewed hope, daring to dream and see new possibilities to be explored. The story is a well paced and wonderfully entertaining read that I have no hesitation in highly recommending. If you’re looking for something to escape into to put you in the festive spirit, look no further, this truly is a lovely story, whatever the season! I’ll definitely be looking out for more by this author in future.
I requested and was given a copy of this book, via NetGalley. This is my honest review of the book after choosing to read it.
When Lissy inherits her late godmother’s seaside villa, Strand House, she decides to turn her life upside-down and move to the seaside.
It couldn’t have come at a more perfect time for Lissy, so when she realizes that her best friends, Janey, Bobbie and Xander are going to be alone over the holidays, she invites them to stay!
Every one of them has a secret, but at Christmas time anything can happen – and this is sure to be one to remember…