Tilly Tennant returns to the blog today with the second title in her holiday duology, and we get Isla’s story in this one. Please read on for my review of
A Cosy Candlelit Christmas
First meeting Isla in A Very Vintage Christmas, she was intriguing as Dodie’s best friend and student, still living with her mother and fluffing off ideas of love and relationships. After her parents split when she was young, she and her mother struggled and after years of hearing how unwanted they were by her father, a solicitor’s leter presents her with options.
A tiny village tucked in the French Alps, not far from Mont Blanc become the centerpiece and decoration for the story. A tiny alpine town that caters to tourists while still providing a community for residents, a small guesthouse with an American ex-pat as owner, bartender, agony aunt and general friendly face in the midst of strangeness become a touchstone for Isla in very new and trying circumstances. A will from a grandmother she hardly remembered leaves her with two choices: accept a small house in the village and find a relationship with her father or refuse the bequest and her father and his new family lose a house in Scotland and a small monetary bequest.
A week isn’t a ton of time to sort out something this extensive: from her mother’s disappointment and fear over losing her to her own anger from her father’s abandonment, the cautious if not overtly rude reception from her half-brother and the expansive and overly pushy romancing from her step-mother’s nephew, not to mention Isla’s own stress and inability to want to deal with more emotional issues – there’s a ton here to sort. And, Tennant does it wonderfully, from presenting Seb as the geeky, bow-tie wearing nice guy who brings a sense of security and stability with him to the glorious views, a massive blizzard and midnight services in the local church, the magic of this little corner of France gives Isla the opportunity to truly find her own center and let go of resentments, changing her path and taking a chance on something more. With revelations, secrets and even some heartfelt conversations, the story is a wonderful escape into the holiday, and a perfect ‘whatever happened to ___” answer to questions arising from the first book.
Title: A Cosy Candlelit Christmas
Author: Tilly Tennant
Series: An Unforgettable Christmas #2
Also in this series: A Very Vintage Christmas
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Family Saga, Holiday Themed, Setting: France
Published by: Bookouture
Published on: 24 October, 2017
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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All Isla wants for Christmas is to be left in peace, but in the Alps there’s potential for romance in every snowflake that falls…
It’s the week before Christmas and Isla McCoy has just received an unexpected gift: a letter announcing she is due a life-changing inheritance, but only if she’s willing to make peace with the father who abandoned her.
She has absolutely no intention of making amends, but who could resist an all-expenses-paid trip to the French resort of St Martin-de-Belleville?
There she meets smooth-talking Justin and nerdy glaciologist Sebastian; two very different men, with two very different agendas. Torn between her head and her heart, Isla finds herself utterly lost in a winter wonderland of her own feelings.
Surrounded by twinkling candles and roaring log-fires, Isla’s resolve finally begins to melt. But will she learn how to reconnect, not only with a whole new family, but with herself and her heart?
A gorgeously heart-warming festive read to help spark a little romance in those long winter nights. Perfect for fans of Jane Linfoot, Debbie Johnson and Jenny Colgan.
See An Unforgettable Christmas series on Goodreads
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.