Sunday, 16 October 2016

Book Review - A Cotswold Christmas by Kate Hewiit

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Title: A Cotswold Christmas
Author: Kate Hewitt
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Supplied by Neverland Blog Tours
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Publication Date: 17th October 2016
Rating: 4 Stars

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.

From its gorgeous wintery cover, to the lovely title that sums up a cosy Christmas book, to the story itself, its a warm hearted story that is also a prequel to Kate Hewitt's new Willoughby Close series. 

This is a relatively short novella that is very quick to read, and focuses on Anna and Colin, who meet for the first time when Colin finds Anna somewhere to stay, after the B&B she was booked into was flooded. She is offered the chance to camp out in one of the almost finished cottages of Willoughby Close. As Anna and Colin spend some more time together they realise they may just have a connection. 

It is not the lonely Christmas that Anna was expecting, but a far more enjoyable one, even if she is still struggling with a diagnosis, that could alter everything. It's not a subject that I was expecting to see a Christmas book, but the way it was touched on was very good. 

However being a novella I found I was left wanting to know a bit more about the characters. Although I did like them, I just found I didn't know them well enough to really love them. I am though looking forward to seeing what the rest of this series entails. 

A Cotswold Christmas is the first book I have read by Kate Hewitt, and I really enjoyed its portrayal of a small Christmas celebration where things don't quite go according to the original plan. The village of Wychwood-on-Lea sounded quite pleasant, and is a place I would happily return to in fiction. 

Thank you so much to Jenny at Neverland Blog Tours for this review copy. This was my honest opinion. 

About Kate Hewitt

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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