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Christmas in a Cornish castle? Sign Ivy Starforth up! Hired to kit out the holiday rental as the world’s most Instagramable festive dreamland, there’s only one thing standing in the way of her hefty paycheque – the lord of the manor.
Bill Markham could give Scrooge a run for his money but Ivy is firmly #TeamChristmas…even if her handsome host seems to be doing everything he can to sabotage her staging. Maybe she shouldn’t have stumbled in on him starkers in the hot tub?
As the temperature outside cools, things inside the castle heat up. It’s been a long time since Ivy allowed herself to give in to temptation…surely one little kiss under the mistletoe won’t hurt?
What a delightful festive read which totally lives up to its title this story proved to be!
Ivy Starforth really is a star. She’s been given the task of helping create the right setting for lots of Instagram festive shots by arriving early at the already flamboyant Cornish Castle that her friends and others will be staying at for two weeks of festivities. The only problem is they’ve accidentally hired a different castle – one that is more used to catering for minimalistic Stag parties rather than festive families. She’s already got her hands full creating the required setting but when she discovers that the man in charge is someone she met years ago whilst on holiday with her now ex and that he is not exactly full of seasonal joy or anticipation, there are going to be problems!
Last Christmas was filled with unhappy memories and Ivy literally still has the scars to prove it. Despite that, she’s eager to ensure all goes well for the twenty guests staying at the castle and, with help from the silver surfers, she’s going to do her best to sort it out for everyone but doesn’t expect anything for herself. They say never appear with children or animals and Ivy is about to have a Christmas with both!
This is a fun read, one where so many of the attitudes and behaviours of the characters are altered by their interactions. There are lots of laugh out loud moments, though the one at the donkey sanctuary has to be one of my favourites – though I’m really glad it happened to Ivy and not me. Bill is a reluctant hero so much of the story, though there are times when I had to wonder just what he was hiding. There are great revelations at the end which tie up all the lose ends and put that grin back on my face.
If you enjoy festive family stories, packed with humour, mishaps and romance, grab yourself a copy of this lovely story and have yourself a cosy Christmas read, wherever you may be.
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book via NetGalley and this is my honest review after choosing to read it.
Author Bio –
Jane Linfoot is a best selling author, who lives in a cottage on a Derbyshire hillside with her family and their pets. Although she loves seeing cow noses over the garden wall, she’s happy she can walk to a supermarket.
Jane grew up in North Yorkshire where she spent a lot of her childhood avoiding horizontal gales blowing off the sea and wrote her first book by accident. While she loves to write feel good books that let readers escape, she’s always surprised to hear her stories make people laugh, admits to (occasionally) crying as she writes, and credits her characters for creating their own story lines.
Jane’s garden would be less brambly if she wasn’t on Facebook and Twitter so often. On days when she wants to be really scared, she rides a tandem.
Her recent stand alone novels are all set in and around the (imaginary) seaside village of St Aidan in Cornwall. They are: Ivy’s Cornish Christmas, Edie’s Browne’s Cottage by the Sea, The Little Cornish Kitchen. Her four book Little Wedding Shop series are standalone stories, also set in St Aidan. They are: The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea, Christmas at the Little Wedding Shop, Summer at the Little Wedding Shop and Christmas Promises at the Little Wedding Shop. They are all published by the Harper Impulse and One More Chapter imprints of Harper Collins.
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