Christmas Read: Christmas at Bay Tree Cottage – Linn B. Halton – 5 * Review

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The countdown to Christmas is usually a magical time, but Elana James is fed up with living on a building site! The renovations on her beautiful cottage – like her heart – have been frozen in limbo ever since she was unexpectedly widowed.

Elana calls in a professional, Luke Stevenson, to help finish the cottage so her little girl can send letters to Santa up the newly-repaired chimney. Luke’s kind, capable and sexy – but he’s also ten years younger than Elana. So why has her heart decided it’s finally time for a thaw?

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My Thoughts…

Christmas at a cottage in the countryside sounds idyllic, but Elana has lost her soulmate and is left to be both mum and dad to the little girl who is her reason for breathing. Having a happy Christmas and living life to the full is so much harder for her this year, the second since Niall was taken from her. Luke has lost his family too but this time because his wife wanted more than he could give. He blames himself, and it seems fate agrees as circumstances conspire against him, ensuring he only sees his little son once a week.
Elana’s cottage still needs a great deal of renovation, when her parents give her a helping hand builder, Luke is the man for the job, but suddenly his presence threatens her self-imposed celibacy and makes her wish for things she thought she never would again.
The story is charming full of humour and poignant moments as Elana and Luke discover kindred spirits and try to make their children’s Christmas magical and memorable. Maya and Joe, the children in the story, are insightful portrayals.
The plot is surprising, and not everyone or their lives is as it first seems. It captures the essence of Christmas believably and contains just enough magic to have you believing in Santa.
I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

 

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  1. Ah, what a lovely surprise after a short trip away to wake up to your review! Ironically, yesterday we drove in snow and hail, which made me feel all set for a white Christmas. I’m so thrilled you enjoyed it, Jane, and a huge thank you for taking the time to read and review. Especially with so many fabulous Christmas books out there. This one is close to my heart because Christmas is all about the children but the adults need a little Christmas magic, too. Hope you and your family have a wonderful one! xx 🎄

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  2. As always there is something special about your stories Linn.
    I love Christmas but know what it’s like to have lost a loved one close to it.
    Since the birth of my grandson Christmas has become even more special for us so hopefully, this year will be truly magical. Hope yours is too x

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