It’s Jane Linfoot y’all – with another book in the lovely Cornwall – sharing some space and familiar sights from Brides by the Sea and Daisy Hill Farm as we move to Cockle Shell Castle in
A Cosy Christmas in Cornwall
It’s Jane Linfoot – so of course it’s going to have a ton of hilarious moments and gaffes, a dog that is too cute for words, angst and struggle for at least one character, good friends, crazy family and of course, LOTS of Romance. And this does NOT disappoint, leaving me with the desperate need to book a Cornish holiday as I scan photos on the internet hoping to find my own little St. Aidan’s Bay. But, in this story we have Ivy, a window dresser and stylist who has an obsession with all things Christmas except reindeer, and who has been hired by her best friend’s sister to “style” and “Instagram” their holiday in Cornwall. Arriving a few days early, hoping to find four-poster beds, ancestors lining the walls, faerie lights, swags and boughs, trees and a staff – she is more than dismayed to find a fairly ‘bare bones’ castle – tiny, draughty rooms, rock walls, utilitarian furniture and the “caretaker’ naked in the hot tub out back.
The “caretaker” also happens to be one of the owners, Bill, someone Ivy met years before on a skiing holiday with her ex-boyfriend – even as she and Bill had a massive connection and she has dreamed of him since. Bill also has had dreams of Ivy – but he’s more interested in the fact that she’s expecting decorations, holiday cheer, and a staff – for a “to die for” one of a kind Instagram-drool worthy setting – that will house people, children and, of course, Ivy’s little sidekick dog and his wardrobe. Not one for hosting more than stag-do’s with plenty of gin and hijinks with little to nothing to break, lose, destroy or damage in the castle – the two instantly prickle at the memories. Perhaps even more for Ivy due to a tragedy almost a year before that left her scarred and guilty.
Oh this was SO much fun – like all of Linfoot’s books there were laughs, moments to cringe, plenty of descriptions, chaos, people you want to hug and those you may want to throttle momentarily, and the slow burn as Ivy and Bill work their way around to acknowledging their connection. With plenty of interference, an engagement that didn’t, lots of snarky and snarling pre-teens, and plenty of Christmas cheer from decorations to events and even an appearance by Nutty pulling Santa and his helper to top off a holiday full of adventure, heart, heat and finally understanding with new starts for EVERYONE.
Trust me – Linfoot has that balance of humor, serious moments, heart and heat with some complete slapstick moments that are described so perfectly you can see them in your head. From over-tired and overwrought mums to dueling chef moments in the kitchen, a new age type who is no-sugar, no preservatives in the middle of the cakes, cupcakes, cocoa, treats and candy available – you can put yourself in the corner of the castle – watch, laugh and enjoy.
Title: A Cosy Christmas in Cornwall
Author: Jane Linfoot
Genre: British, Contemporary Romance, Family Saga, Friendship, Holiday Themed, Humor elements, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: Britain
Published by: One More Chapter
Published on: 19 October,2019
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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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?
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.
When an illicit muffin explodes over Bill’s duvet – in the one room with Wi-Fi – Ivy substitutes her little dog for a Hoover and we get more giggles….
I nip and close the door and wedge a stool in front of it. A second later I’ve scooped him up by the bottom, lowered his nose to duvet level, and I’m skimming him around the bed. I let out a sigh. “Sorry, Merwyn, desperate times and all that … we’ll call this your one Christmas treat… after this, you’re back to your Lily’s Kitchen Rise and Shine Doggy Specials all the way to the New Year.”
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