#BlogTour #Review ~ Christmas at Bay Tree Cottage by @LinnBHalton @BrookCottageBks #Giveaway

Genre: Romance/women’s contemporary/holidays

Release Date: 3 Nov 2017

Publisher: Harper Impulse

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?

The perfect read to curl up by the fire with … for fans of Rebecca Boxall.

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About the Author

Bristol-born Linn lives in the Forest of Dean, in the UK. She resides there with her lovely husband and cat, Ziggy. She has been writing novels since 2009 and has written short stories for a number of magazines. She is also known for her series of ‘Home by Design’ articles wearing her former interior designer hat.

“I’m a hopeless romantic, self-confessed chocaholic, and lover of coffee. For me, life is about family, friends, and writing. Oh, and the occasional glass of White Grenache …”

An Amazon UK Top 100 best-selling author with A Cottage in the Country in November 2015, Under The Stars also became a best-selling novel in November 2016. Linn’s novels have been short-listed in the UK’s Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards. Linn won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award.

Linn writes chick lit, romantic comedy, women’s contemporary fiction and psychic romance. Publishers include Harper Impulse, Choc Lit and Endeavour Press.

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My Review

If I can be so bold I will suggest making a pot of tea, find a bar of chocolate, sit by the fire and don’t move until you have read Christmas at Bay Tree Cottage from beginning to end it really is that adorable.

Linn Halton is another favourite author of mine she writes such beautiful heartfelt stories that never fail to make me smile or cry, usually both! 

Set at Christmas time gives this a certain poignancy, how do you deal with loss and love, the innocence of childhood all while trying to remain strong ….

I love all the characters they each have a depth that makes you care about them. I won’t spoil the story by revealing the plot just enjoy the unravelling of relationships and problems while believing in magic and remembering life is precious. That sentiment rings so true in this book. 

The setting is gorgeous and if you have read the previous book it will bring back wonderful memories. Christmas at Bay Tree Cottage is just a wonderful experience throughout so pop it on your shopping list now and get into the spirit of the season.

Thanks to the author, publisher, netgalley and Brook Cottage Books for my copy and the opportunity. I read and reviewed voluntarily.

EXTRACT

‘Mum, can we light the log fire tonight?’ Maya looks up at me with eager eyes.

‘I think we should wait until the weekend, darling. There isn’t really time to appreciate it on a school night, is there? Besides, I’m not even sure whether there are any logs left in the store. I promise to get it sorted as soon as I can.’

It was Niall’s job, sorting the fire. He would have booked the chimney sweep in early autumn and had the logs all ready and waiting, stacked neatly against the back wall of the garage. Ironically, last year I was much more organised. I suppose it was one of my coping mechanisms during those raw, early weeks and months. Keep going; keep doing something – anything, so I didn’t have to listen to what was in my head. But I feel bad. Maya will remember that this time last year we spent every evening huddled together on the sofa in front of the fire, reading. Hour upon hour we escaped into alternative worlds inspired by some wonderful authors. Roald Dahl’s Matilda, E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web, and Maya’s favourite, Jill Murphy’s The Worst Witch, a story of tenderness and triumph.

It was the very worst of times, but I focused on getting us through it one day at a time. My gut instinct, immediately after the accident, had been to sell the cottage just to escape that prevailing sense that something was missing. Niall was no longer here and it would never, ever be the same again. But soon realisation dawned that Maya needed a sense of continuity; the memories trapped within these walls were a lifeline for her, although a cruelly painful reminder for me. In a way she feels her dad is still here and I can’t take that away from her.

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6 thoughts on “#BlogTour #Review ~ Christmas at Bay Tree Cottage by @LinnBHalton @BrookCottageBks #Giveaway

  1. Christmas dinner!! I love all the family together and I love playing board games afterwards.

  2. Although it is an extremely busy time of the year, I really enjoy spending quality time with my family and catching up with friends

  3. My favourite thing about Christmas is everything! The excitement of leading up to the big day, making gingerbread, going shopping an the hustle and bustle of shopping, visiting family, exchanging gifts, wrapping up, watching films…. EVERYTHING!

  4. Hugs and thank you, Ali. Love your review and it kicked my day off with a BIG smile! Love that you are on the tour. Hope today is a good one for you, lovely! xx

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