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Christmas at Aunt Elsie’s by Emily Harvale

A distant relative. A blizzard. A Christmas of surprises.

Lottie Short isn’t looking forward to Christmas. Her boyfriend has dumped her and she’s also lost her job. Lottie and her beloved spaniel, Merry, are facing the festive season – and a bleak future, alone.

But a Christmas card and round-robin letter give Lottie hope. And as the first snowflakes fall, she’s on her way to the tiny seaside village of Seahorse Harbour to visit her distant aunt. She’ll stay in a cosy B&B and get some bracing, sea air. That might lift her spirits.

What she doesn’t plan for is a blizzard, her aunt taking a fall, or the dramas unfolding all around her. But at least there’s a warm welcome at Aunt Elsie’s cottage … and a roaring log fire in the village pub.

That’s not all that might bring a rosy glow to Lottie’s cheeks. Asher Bryant, the local vet is pretty hot, and Lottie also hits it off with another visitor to Seahorse Harbour. This festive season might be better than she hoped.

And when Lottie gets more than one surprise this Christmas, perhaps she and Merry won’t be spending the New Year on their own.

This is book 2 in my new series of standalone novels set in the tiny, seaside village of Seahorse Harbour.

Purchase Link – mybook.to/ChristmasatAuntElsies

My Review:

This is a delightful story of finding hope, love and family when you least expect it. It is a story full of surprises as secrets from the past are revealed, snow falls, new friends and relatives are brought together and love finds a way to heal and romances develop. The story has great characters, some of whom featured in the first story in this series and some who are new, along with some adorable canine ones, too.

Lottie Short is feeling alone and lonely after everything seems to have gone wrong for her recently – including being dumped and sacked. She had a Christmas card from her Aunt Elsie and decides to go to visit her, booking herself into a nearby B&B in the small village of Seahorse Harbour as she doesn’t want to assume she could stay with her Aunt. Little did she anticipate how life would change for her in less than a week!

What a story filled with family drama this proved to be! It has everything including a murder, a mystery and romance in a close knit community where the seahorses weave their own magical influences. It is a heartwarming story that I thoroughly enjoyed and I’m really looking forward to returning to Seahorse Harbour in future.

Thank you for my copy of this book which I have voluntarily read and honestly reviewed.

Author Bio –

Emily writes novels, novellas and short stories about friendship, family and falling in love. She loves a happy ending but knows that life doesn’t always go to plan. Her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.

Emily loves to connect with her readers and has a readers’ group in which many have become good friends. To catch up with Emily, find out about the group, or connect with her on social media, go to her website at www.emilyharvale.com.

Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now writes full-time. She’s a member of the SoA, an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. When not writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid both. Emily has two mischievous rescue cats that like to sprawl across her keyboard, regardless of whether Emily is typing on it, or not.

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