#BookBlitz #Review ~ A Cotswold Christmas by Kate Hewitt

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Blurb:

Welcome to Wychwood-on-Lea… a not-too-quaint village where frosty evenings, welcoming fires, and second chances will make this a Christmas you’ll never forget.

Anna Vere has escaped to the Cotswolds for Christmas to try to heal from her broken engagement and, far worse, her broken dreams. When her reserved room at a bed & breakfast is flooded, she takes up the offer of camping out in Willoughby Close, the converted stables of the nearby manor house… and is taken under the wing of sexy local carpenter Colin Heath.

What starts out as merely helping a neighbor in need turns into far more as Colin and Anna share a surprisingly intense and emotional connection, weaving their own Christmas magic as they spend the holiday together. But Anna has a secret she’s scared to reveal, something that could destroy the fragile bond they’ve just created, and Colin knows she’s only in England for a short time. Can these two sudden soul mates risk their hearts for a love that has yet to be tried and tested?

Get swept away by this poignant and heartwarming story, set in beautiful Wychwood-on-Lea, in the English Cotswolds. And look forward to four more books set in Willoughby Close, where everyday miracles and happily-ever-afters are guaranteed.

  • Print Length: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Tule Publishing (17 Oct. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01LWAV3O0

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About Kate Hewitt

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Kate is the USA Today-bestselling author of over 40 books of women’s fiction and romance. She is the author of the Hartley-by-the-Sea series, set in England’s Lake District and published by Penguin. She is also, under the name Katharine Swartz, the author of the Tales from Goswell books, a series of time-slip novels set in the village of Goswell. Other series include the Emigrants Trilogy, the Amherst Island Trilogy, and the Falling For The Freemans series.

She likes to read romance, mystery, the occasional straight historical and angsty women’s fiction; she particularly enjoys reading about well-drawn characters and avoids high-concept plots.

Having lived in both New York City and a tiny village on the windswept northwest coast of England, she now resides in the English Cotswolds with her husband, five children, and an overly affectionate Golden Retriever.

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My Review

A tempting Christmas cover and a short novella were enough to prompt me to read this. Anna has had a rotten time in NYC so has decided to leave all her problems behind her and come to England (The Cotswolds) for the festive season to avoid probing questions from family and friends. She figures a well deserved luxury break is just what she needs.

Sadly for her those plans go awry immediately when she discovers her intended accommodation has been flooded. Now in her fragile emotional state she could have collapsed into tears but luckily for her the motherly landlady has a solution in mind.

Along comes the cousin who just happens to have some empty houses available until the new renters move in during the New Year .. fabulous thinks Anna, until she realises she will be slumming it with a sleeping bag and camp stove! 

However the cousin comes in the shape of Colin a hard working handy man type, shy, single and indeed kindness itself. He feels sorry for Anna and friendship blooms very quickly as he invites her to stay with him.

Bearing in mind this is a short story there is a lot to fit in. Can Anna overcome her medical issues and reveal her secret while they spend a magical Christmas, carols at church, walking the dog, mulled wine, minced pies etc … the downside seems to be spending time with his meddling sisters. 

This is a quaint view of life, love and Christmas magic .. great for a fantasy escape but life doesn’t have a habit of working out quite as quickly as some of the events in the book. I really did enjoy it though, sweet, endearing comfort reading and look forward to the next in the series.

Thanks to the author and Jenny at Neverland Blog Tours for my ARC stars-4-0-_v192197091_

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