Jane Linfoot (a perpetual fave since How to Lose a Guy in 10 Dates) is back on the blog today with the friends from Brides by the Sea. Please read on for my review of
Christmas Promises at the Little Wedding Shop
Do you have a favorite author or series – one that you know will transport you away from everything and hold you there until the last page? Jane Linfoot is that for me, particularly with the clever, quirky, openhearted friends that help every bride to create the wedding of her dreams. The gang is back: Poppy is now heavily pregnant, Immie is desperately trying to get there, Jess is off on a vacation and hoping for an engagement ring, and we’ve just met Holly, returning to St. Aiden’s for her Christmas retreat. Her best friend from childhood, Poppy,has offered her the little garret flat above Brides by the Sea for her stay: a stay that includes a surf-themed wedding on the beach that she is photographing for her friends.
But Holly is hoping that she can hide away for most of the holiday with dvds and books: wedding photography is all new to her, and she’s never been one to try something new. Ever. Met by Santa and his elf, pulled along in an over decorated wagon pulled by Nutella the pony, her first moments in her return are reminding her of all the reasons she left. Everyone knows you, your business and the memories of her sister are far too present – especially at the time of year she loves. Or loved. See, Holly has always been the sister in the shadow, content to follow along behind her more outgoing and exuberant sibling Freya, until cancer claimed her. Still not really finished grieving, Holly’s love of Christmas (she has a storage unit in London chock full of decorations for the season) her confidence and heart were battered again – when she ran from a proposal to her long-term boyfriend just a year ago. And then, as if Holly didn’t think it could get worse, there is Rory, her teen crush and boy who seemed to have it all in a casual, graceful way – unlike her angsty, follower style.
Rory is staying at Rose Hill and caring for his niece and nephew while his sister, their mother is in hospital. He’s not made any adjustments to his own marketing his brewery first, drag others along lifestyle, and the idea of young Grace and the infant Teddie have him flummoxed. He’s not bad with them, he’s just not engaged. And when you add this blast from the past to Holly’s time in Cornwall to the fact that Jess has set her up as an assistant to Jules the photographer so she’ll learn how to shoot the upcoming wedding, things start to turn. Staring with Jules’ getting sick and bailing on several booked weddings and Holly needing to step up – with her assistant (and professional wedding guest) Rory.
Never a fast-paced story, these gently unfold as people share their stories, find comfort and challenge in the supportive friendships that have pushed Holly further than she ever expected. With Rory’s clear memories of Freya, a person that few discuss with her because they worry it will make her sad, Holly and Rory come to find a working relationship, not always comfortable but manageable, as they work on weddings. It doesn’t hurt that Holly knows every word to Let it Go from Frozen, and recognizes Grace’s Olaf, those moments allow Rory to let go and enjoy the kids, even when he’s panicked about his sister’s illness. From the recognition of their friendship, through Holly’s success as a wedding photographer, talking a bride off the path ‘away’ to capturing photos that the couples adore, and even earning Jules’ respect, she’s growing in ways unexpected. And with the return of her ex on Christmas Day, with the proposal that she thought she needed and wanted and a ring to die for: all of the changes that she’s experienced come to the forefront and decisions need to be made.
Descriptions of food (Oh My Goodness the Cupcakes!) and wedding venues, photos, friends and laughs, with Jess’s bossy and know everything moments taking a back seat to her own nerves about a possible engagement, to Immie’s no-nonsense approach to life and swearing (frog farts) and them all trying to wrangle Poppy into resting, the friendships add a level of comfort and emotion that make you want to be in their group. With needlepointing firefighters, plenty of laughs, and a true homecoming for Holly where open arms and endless baked goods are on offer, it’s wonderful to head back to Brides by the Sea, again. Perhaps there’s more to come – I don’t want to let these people go, not yet.
Title: Christmas Promises at the Little Wedding Shop
Author: Jane Linfoot
Series: The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea #4
Also in this series: Cupcakes and Confetti, Sequins and Snowflakes
Genre: British, Contemporary Romance, Holiday Themed, Humor elements, Setting: Britain
Published by: Harper Impulse
Published on: 5 October, 2017
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The charming fourth book in the best selling ‘The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea’ series
Christmas arrives at Brides by the Sea, Cornwall’s enchanting and most adorable little wedding shop.
There’s nothing more magical than a winter wonderland wedding, and the girls are determined to make this festive season their most romantic yet.
The champagne is on ice while the mistletoe is hanging from every nook, and the exquisite lace and pearl-encrusted dresses, glistening like the frosted shop windows, are waiting to be chosen.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and romance is most definitely in the crisp winter air- with promises, proposals and Christmas kisses aplenty…
What will the season bring, in this enchanting fourth book of ‘The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea’ series?
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A copy of this title was provided via Author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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