Welcome to Wychwood-on-Lea… a not-too-quaint village where frosty evenings, welcoming fires, and second chances will make this a Christmas you’ll never forget. Anna Vere has escaped to the Cotswolds for Christmas to try to heal from her broken engagement and, far worse, her broken dreams. When her reserved room at a bed & breakfast is flooded, she takes up the offer of camping out in Willoughby Close, the converted stables of the nearby manor house… and is taken under the wing of sexy local carpenter Colin Heath. What starts out as merely helping a neighbor in need turns into far more as Colin and Anna share a surprisingly intense and emotional connection, weaving their own Christmas magic as they spend the holiday together. But Anna has a secret she’s scared to reveal, something that could destroy the fragile bond they’ve just created, and Colin knows she’s only in England for a short time. Can these two sudden soul mates risk their hearts for a love that has yet to be tried and tested? Get swept away by this poignant and heartwarming story, set in beautiful Wychwood-on-Lea, in the English Cotswolds. And look forward to four more books set in Willoughby Close, where everyday miracles and happily-ever-afters are guaranteed.
It was Christmas. And while she’d thought she’d wanted to get away from it all, she found now that she was missing the festive spirit a little bit. Not the presents, precisely, but the trappings…decorations, Christmas carols, eggnog and shortbread. That happy, bubbly feeling that only holidays could promise.
Deciding to escape New York and her troubles over Christmas, Anna travels to the Cotswolds to have a relaxing time to herself. Unfortunately things don’t quite go to plan when the B&B she is supposed to stay in is flooded. Just as things look as if they can’t get any worse, local man Colin comes along with an unconventional solution. As they get to know each other their instant attraction turns into something more, but with Anna only set to stay for two weeks will it go the distance?
Very surprisingly I haven’t really read any Christmas themed novels before, so I was curious to see if this book would get me in the mood for the upcoming festivities.
Luckily it didn’t disappoint.
A Cotswold Christmas is a really enjoyable easy read, I was hooked from the start and found that what I thought was going to be a fairly predictable romance, actually had a lot more to offer.
Christmas is one of my favourite times of year, and every setting in the book was described in such a way that I felt like I was experiencing it already. It had that magical Christmas feel to it and made me want to break out my hat, scarf and gloves.
I’m not really the biggest fan of stories where people fall for each other instantly, however I felt that there was a good enough mix of drama and romance for me not to mind so much. Plus since the story moves at quite a fast pace it made it that little bit more plausible.
Overall I thought this was a really cheery and heart-warming read and it will definitely get you into the festive spirit.
Thank you to the author and Neverland Blog Tours for the review copy of this book.
Kate Hewitt is the USA Today-bestselling author of over 40 books of women’s fiction and romance. She is the author of the Hartley-by-the-Sea series, set in England’s Lake District and published by Penguin. She is also, under the name Katharine Swartz, the author of the Tales from Goswell books, a series of time-slip novels set in the village of Goswell. Other series include the Emigrants Trilogy, the Amherst Island Trilogy, and the Falling For The Freemans series. She likes to read romance, mystery, the occasional straight historical and angsty women’s fiction; she particularly enjoys reading about well-drawn characters and avoids high-concept plots. Having lived in both New York City and a tiny village on the windswept northwest coast of England, she now resides in the English Cotswolds with her husband, five children, and an overly affectionate Golden Retriever.