A Perfect Cornish Christmas by Phillipa Ashley
Released on October 31st, 2019
Genres: Romance, Women’s Fiction, Christmas
* Received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.*
Christmas in Cornwall is just around the corner…
But after last Christmas revealed a shocking family secret, Scarlett’s hardly feeling merry and bright. All she wants this Christmas is to know who her real father is.
So Scarlett heads to the little Cornish town of Porthmellow, where she believes the truth of her birth is hidden. She just didn’t bargain on being drawn into the Christmas festival preparations – or meeting Jude Penberth, whose charm threatens to complicate life further.
Everything will come to a head at Porthmellow’s Christmas Festival … But can Scarlett have the perfect Christmas this year, or are there more surprises on the way?
Curl up with this gorgeous novel and savour the world of Porthmellow Harbour.
This was not at all what I was expecting – I was expecting… More Christmas?
This story follows mainly Scarlett and her sister Ellie. We get to see their lives after the disaster that was Christmas, right at the start, now almost one year later and nothing seems to be that much better… How will this Christmas be anything good with so much sorrow going on? There’s a lot of family drama that evolves nicely, plus a lot of romantic drama and some cuteness in it too.
I really liked the family dynamics and all the drama in it, I thought it was interesting, and I wouldn’t have guessed the end of it at all. One of the main topics is secrets. How they can hurt you and destroy everything you care for. There’s cheating, lying, omitting important things in one’s life. Basically, there’s a LOT of drama. But instead of being only in the family, the drama starts spreading and it’s everywhere. Every character has way too much drama for my liking. It was just a bit too much, to the point of me losing my interest and getting in a slump…
Another thing I have to complain about is that there’s not much Christmas. As I said at the beginning, I was kind of expecting it due to the title, right? But I felt that it was missing the Christmas feeling I was hoping for. There’s Christmas as the beginning and preparation for it till the end, but I can’t say the book itself was Christmassy.
Now, for what I did enjoy… I really enjoyed following Scarlett and Ellie and how different they are. I loved how connected they were and how much they cared for each other. There’s a lot of complicated relationships in this book, but their sisterhood is not one of them, and I’m glad. It was fun to follow their romantic interests to a point, although I wasn’t a fan of some moments (like I said, too much drama, and that’s coming from a person that generally enjoyed reading about those…).
I also really enjoyed some important topics mentioned, like how much one wrong turn can affect one’s life. One mistake, one secret, might not have consequences right away, but you know the drill… The past always comes back to haunt you. But there’s also the other side… The forgiving side. I really enjoyed how Scarlett and her mother came to make peace with each other.
Overall, there was a lot happening in this book, which made it a bit crowded and repetitive. But the story did have some parts I enjoyed. I think my favorite bit is the feeling of living in a small place. I tend to love those. Everyone knows each other and everything that is going on. It’s quite entertaining and at times endearing.
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