Kirsty Ferry is on the blog today with a holiday installment in her Hartsford Mysteries series, all which blur the lines between past and present and provide questions about destiny and the enduring power of love in
Watch for Me at Christmas
Emmy Berry has accepted a last-minute booking to set up her mulled wine booth at Hartsford Hall’s Frost Faire just before Christmas. Instantly she’s finding odd things happening, and a feeling of coming home again that just won’t go away. With a snowstorm moving in and the inches piling up, the residents of the Hall, Elodie and Alex, have encouraged her to stay on. She’s not got any real reasons to go home to an empty house- her family isn’t gathering for the holiday, and she’s only planned a quiet day in pajamas with the telly. She’s not the only one stranded unexpectedly, Tom Howard’s sister Kate runs the small ‘history museum’ for the village and estate, and he’s visiting for the holiday. He’s planning on staying in the Gardener’s cottage on the estate, cramming in with his sister’s family and waking to an overexcited three year old with a reindeer fascination this close to Christmas isn’t high on the list, and having a space to retreat to, away from the strange dreams he has in her flat is welcome.
But then, he spots her the girl he’s always searching for in his dreams, the one who holds his thoughts and attention, awake and asleep. And there is something so special about her that he’s wondering just why he can’t turn away. Emmy is, down to her dimples and startlingly quiet manner that woman, and he’s certain that they know one another. Impossible, but they both feel it. And see things, snippets from the past. A man named Charles, two girls named Millie and Cat, and snowmen in the walled garden, ice skates in the museum, and a Christmas rose in the ballroom.
The intertwining of two loves: one fated to go unresolved for decades, yet never does the pull and draw to one another go away. With carelessly (or are they) dropped hints, constant déjà vu, and the recognition from both Elodie and Kate that the “Hall takes care of family”, both Tom and Emmy are drawn to one another and comfortable together, even as the apparitions seem to show themselves to both of them, crossing the lines between real and imagined, dreams and waking moments. Oh this was a lovely story that read quickly, and could have lasted far longer. The concept of a Hall reuniting souls seeking the love denied through circumstance and social position until freely able to express itself is wonderful, and gives a sense of fate and meant to be to the story that builds with each new moment and revelation.
Title: Watch for Me at Christmas
Author: Kirsty Ferry
Series: Hartsford Mysteries #4
Genre: British, Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Dual Timeline, Romantic Elements, Setting: Britain
Published by: Choc Lit
Published on: 23 October, 2018
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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When midwinter magic brings you home for Christmas …
When Emmy Berry arrives at Hartsford Hall to work at the Frost Fayre she immediately feels at home. Which is odd because she’s never set foot in the place in her life.
Then a freak blizzard leaves her stranded and things get even weirder when she bumps into Tom Howard. Tom and Emmy have never met before but neither can ignore the sense that they know each other.
With Christmas fast approaching and the weather showing no sign of improving it soon becomes apparent that Hartsford Hall has a little bit of midwinter magic in store for them both …
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.