I hate to sound like a grouch, but I’m not one of those people who gets overly excited for Christmas straight after Halloween. In fact, I’m more the sort of person who finds herself in a panic after Halloween because she hasn’t started Christmas shopping, and is constantly reminded of the fact by cute festive adverts and the wintery Costa Coffee cups. (Don’t you just love them this year though?!)
Don’t get me wrong: I love Christmas and everything that comes with it, I just can’t get excited too early because, y’know, there’s just so much to do. That doesn’t mean I’m one to turn down a Christmas inspired book, however, and so when I was asked to take part in the blog tour of Lindsey Paley’s Snowflakes and Christmas Cakes, I of course said yes. And how could I refuse with a book cover so cute? And so today I am going to let you know just what I thought of this short, festive read and I’ll even finish off with a giveaway where you can see yourself winning the book and an actual Christmas cake. Perfect!
When Millie Carter suffers heartbreak and has nowhere to go over the Christmas period, she agrees to fly home from France to teach a cookery course in a grand manor house in the Lake District. She finds herself less than merry, however, when a snow storm prevents her class from going ahead and leaves her stranded in the huge house all alone.
Being a confirmed sun worshiper, Millie hates the wintery Lake District village of Aisford. She’s more used to year round warm weather, sunny beaches and an alcoholic beverage by the sea. Millie perks up, however, when she meets handsome business manager, Sam Morgan, who is more than happy to keep her company during her stay. If only she could stop locking horns with the hostile estate manager, Fergus…
As Millie finds herself interacting with the people of Aisford and spending more time in the blankets of snow, will she start to realise the beauty of a cold, white winter in England?
The first thing I loved about this book was the way it made me want to jump inside the pages and join the characters in the idyllic village of Aisford. The descriptions of the grand house, the friendly café and the homely pub, all topped off with a glistening fleece of snow to add to the festive atmosphere, truly illustrated a wonderful picture in my mind and made me wanna pack my bags and book a weekend in the Lake District this Christmas. I’m still tempted to get looking for some last minute deals on winter cottages…
As new characters were introduced into the story, I found myself liking each and every one of them. With individual back stories and intertwining relationships, they made a fabulous group to read about and I felt the warmth between them. One of them might even thaw Millie’s heart, but you’ll have to read it to find out who…
When I realised that this book was the first in a series, I was beyond pleased. I can’t wait to read some more of these characters. Being a short book, it was a lovely, easy read and I finished it in one sitting. The last quarter of the book took an unexpected turn and had me well and truly hooked as my eyes darted back and forth the get to the bottom of what was happening.
With the dark nights approaching, Snowflakes and Christmas Cakes is perfect for settling down by the fire with this winter, complete with cake in hand of course!
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Are you in the festive mood already? Does this book take your fancy?