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The Gift of Happiness by Holly Martin #Review #Romance #Christmas #BlogTour

Christmas has arrived in the little village of Happiness, promising snowflakes, hot chocolate and plenty of seasonal romance. So snuggle up and fall in love with the gorgeously cosy new story from the bestselling author of Christmas at Lilac Cottage…

Christmas has always been such an important part of Ruby Marlowe’s life and at a time of year that always holds so many memories, Ruby likes to throw herself into the magic of the season head first. So when she is offered the opportunity to open a year-round Christmas shop in the little village of Happiness it seems like a dream come true.

Accepting the offer has absolutely nothing to do with sexy Jacob Harrington, the sculptor she had a fling with in the village during the summer.

After all, Jacob is known to love the ladies and has never had a commitment. Ruby, on the other hand, made the ultimate vow of love and suffered heart-wrenching loss in return. She vows she will never be committed to a man again.

But when fate throws Ruby and Jacob together in this town in the most magical of seasons, will more than snowflakes fall? As the Christmas celebrations get underway and Ruby tries to spread her own Christmas magic over the little village, can love sparkle and come back to life.

A glorious, feel-good romance that’s like a warm hug on a cold winter’s day. An unputdownable festive treat for lovers of Sarah Morgan, Miranda Dickinson and Lucy Diamond.

My Review

This is another fabulous read from this highly talented author set in the incredible village of Happiness. Ruby Marlowe spent time in the village in the summer but is now moving there to open her Christmas shop. When she was there earlier she had a fling with Jacob Harrington but she’s been avoiding his texts and calls since then and is wary about what will happen when she is there again. She is wary of any romance after tragedy struck and is determined not to get involved in a committed relationship again. Jacob, however, has issues of his own . . . . Will the festive season help them overcome their wariness, will the community at Happiness help them find their own HEA together?

This is such a heartwarming story of overcoming very different fears, learning to live again after tragedy, being willing to trust others and working together with great community spirit. This is an idyllic community and would be a fantastic place to live, though there is one person who it is very easy to wish was elsewhere! All the characters are well developed and it was great catching up on so many of them in this second book in the series. You don’t need to have read the earlier book, The Little Village of Happiness , to enjoy this one but they do share events in sequence and are both superb stories about this charming community, packed with love, support and romance!

I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest review after choosing to read it.

Buy Links:            Amazon UK           Amazon US

Author bio

Holly lives in a little white cottage by the sea. She studied media at university which led to a very glitzy career as a hotel receptionist followed by a even more glamorous two years working in a bank. The moment that one of her colleagues received the much coveted carriage clock for fifteen years’ service was the moment when she knew she had to escape. She quit her job and returned to university to train to be a teacher. Three years later, she emerged wide eyed and terrified that she now had responsibility for the development of thirty young minds. She taught for four years and then escaped the classroom to teach history workshops, dressing up as a Viking one day and an Egyptian High Priestess the next. But the long journeys around the UK and many hours sat on the M25 gave her a lot of time to plan out her stories and she now writes full time, doing what she loves.

Holly has been writing for 8 years. She was shortlisted for the New Talent Award at the Festival of Romance. Her short story won the Sunlounger competition and was published in the Sunlounger anthology. She won the Carina Valentine’s competition at the Festival of Romance 2013 with her novel The Guestbook. She was shortlisted for Best Romantic Read, Best eBook and Innovation in Romantic Fiction at the Festival of Romance 2014. She is the bestselling author of 18 books.


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