A Cosy Christmas in Cornwall by Jane Linfoot
Publisher: One More Chapter
Expected publication: October 19th, 2019
Genres: Romance, 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.*
A December to remember…
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?
This beauty just came out and I freaking loved it SOOO much! I read it in two sittings and it totally melted my heart.
So, our main character Ivy was given the job – to give a makeover to a rental at the Cockle Shell Castle and make it Instagram perfect for her friend’s sister’s Christmas. The only problem is that the task seems to be impossible. Starting with the supposed caretaker being her long-ago holiday crush, and ending in the fact that nothing is nearly ready for any Instagram-able moments. But Ivy will not give up on the perfect Christmas she is designing, and nothing will make her stop.
This book is filled to the brim with interesting characters. There’s a ton of them but somehow I managed to not only keep track of them but also, enjoy their moments. There’s a lot of different family-relationships in this book and everyone has their unique own personality. I loved that there was a mixture of character’s ages in here – it made it very heart-warming to see Christmas through everyone’s eyes.
As for the romance… I freaking loved it! The chemistry was totally there from the start, but I loved how slow and natural it developed. I really liked Ivy and her dog person’s personality. She was adorable and an incredible person.
I loved how the book was divided by days – it made it so much easier to track all that was happening, plus it made it feel more exciting to see the days passing and reaching Christmas. It felt more personal and exciting.
Another thing I really liked is that it managed to be both light, which I was expecting, and with some tough moments too which I loved. There’s a reason why Ivy is working during Christmas instead of just with her family. There’s just a bit of everything in this book and everything works out nicely, you know? Family problems, riches, online-life vs reality, grief… There’s so much to this book.
I absolutely loved how happy and warm-hearted this book made me feel. I couldn’t stop reading it, for how invested I was in the characters! Plus all those sweets, buns, cakes, gingerbread and what-nots made me want to start Christmas baking now, so badly! This is an amazing start to my Christmas readings and a book that I will for sure want to re-read – it’s such a feel-good book! Loved it!
If you like Christmas filled with family members and a lot of lovable turbulency, this is for you! I couldn’t recommend this one more to all you Christmas fanatics like me!
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