Jenny Hale returns to the blog with a story of friendships, holidays and a touch of romance with
Christmas at Fireside Cabins
Lily had arrived in Nashville three years ago with her musician boyfriend, little money and dreams for more. But the boyfriend is gone, even though Lily managed to find a job and an apartment, that included her building her own family group to replace the one she’d always longed for. Now the four friends are starting to move on and their dynamic is changing and expecting this to be their last ‘big Christmas trip’, they’ve booked a cabin in the Tennessee mountains to celebrate the holidays.
I adored the friendships here, and the support each of the women displayed for one another. Lily’s story is truly heart wrenching, and while this often made her a bit of a co-dependent doormat in her desire to ‘fix things’, her relationship with Theo and her own good heart saved her from the stamp on her forehead. With an elderly proprietor in Eleanor, a less than ‘as promised’ set of amenities, and the coffee shop with the curmudgeonly Theo in charge, with his disdain for all things red and green – the story has plenty of moments of conflict, cheer and unexpected ‘hope bringing’.
Jenny Hale manages to (every time) create characters that are flawed yet intriguing, and this story is no exception. Yes, there were issues that resolved a bit too neatly and quickly for real life, but the heart of the story is the magic of Christmas and the spirit of goodwill to all – and that is contained here in spades. Everyone finds something they need and want in the story – and perhaps even bits and pieces they hadn’t yet discovered – but for a holiday, quick read, leave a smile on your face read – this is it.
Title: Christmas at Fireside Cabins
Author: Jenny Hale
Genre: Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Family Saga, Friendship, Holiday Themed, Humor elements, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: American
Published by: Bookouture
Published on: 14 October, 2020
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 8 Hours: 49 minutes
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Escape to the idyllic small town of Pinewood Hills in this enchanting romance, about falling in love under the mistletoe with a sprinkle of Christmas magic…
For Lila Evans, Christmas is the toughest time of year––a heartbreaking reminder of losing her father, and just how lonely she is… This year, she’s organized a blissful getaway with her closest friends: just the remedy for the December blues.
The countryside resort of Fireside Cabins, tucked away in the snowy Tennessee hills, seems like this year’s perfect setting to get into the festive spirit. But it’s far from a winter wonderland––the crumbling cottage is falling apart, and the owner, a widow named Eleanor Finely, confesses that the cabins are on the brink of closure. Lila and her friends should pack their bags right there and then, but Lila can’t bear to leave the tearful elderly woman. She clearly has no one, and Lila, more than anyone, knows how that feels.
In search of holiday cheer, the women find a local coffee shop. But the rugged, surly owner Theo Perry has an apparent aversion to Christmas, seeming downright angry when Lila asks for a peppermint latte. No one in the area knows who he is––but it’s clear he’s running from something.
Yet there’s more to this small town than Theo’s frosty reception. As much as his coldness infuriates her, Lila can’t deny that on the rare occasions when he does smile, it feels like coming home. Plus, the cabins are just calling for some festive sparkle.
And, unexpectedly, Pinewood Hills could hold a new beginning for Lila… But can she save Fireside Cabins in time for Christmas? With a dusting of festive magic, spiced apple cider and sugarplum pie, could this be the first holiday she doesn’t spend alone?
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.