I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Christmas at Hope Cottage by Lily Graham
Published by Bookouture on 18th October 2017
Amazon Kindle, Audible
In the little village of Whistling, with its butterscotch cottages and rolling green hills, snow is beginning to fall. Christmas is coming, and Emma Halloway is on her way home.
When twenty-eight-year-old food writer Emma Halloway gets dumped then knocked off her bike, she’s broken in more ways than one, and returns to her family’s cosy cottage in the Yorkshire Dales. Emma hasn’t been back in some time, running from her crazy relatives and her childhood sweetheart, Jack Allen.
Emma’s grandmother is determined to bake her back to health and happiness, as the Halloways have done for generations. Surrounded by old friends and warm cinnamon buns, Emma starts to believe in her family’s special talents for healing again. But then in walks Jack with his sparkling hazel eyes, stirring up the family feud between them.
As the twinkly lights are strung between the streetlamps, Emma remembers just why she fell for Jack in the first place… and why a Halloway should never date an Allen.
The infuriating new lodger, Sandro, doesn’t believe anyone should have to choose between love and family. With a little bit of Christmas magic, can Emma and Jack find a way to be together, or will Emma find herself heartbroken once more?
Thank you to Bookouture for letting me take part in this tour. I love nothing more than a good festive read and this cover grabbed me immediately.
The first chapter was quite shocking and not at all what I was expecting. When Emma returns to Hope Cottage everything she left behind is still there. Her ex, Jack, the family legacy and the age old feud between the Allan’s, the Lea’s and the Holloway’s. This is not what Emma needs to help her on her road to recovery. I felt for Emma. Her recovery seemed so frustrating. I can’t imagine having your sense so screwed up like that and not being able to read would be so difficult for me.
The story was an easy one to read and had a real feel good factor to it. It was festive and comforting which is perfect for these winter nights that are now upon us. There were some really great recipes, I especially loved the Good Cheer Christmas Cake, I loved that the whole village got a piece.
I really enjoyed my trip to Whistling and I look forward to reading more of Lily’s books in the future.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- Christmas Challenge (2017)
- Goodreads Challenge (2017)
- Netgalley Challenge (2017)