Monday 9 October 2017

Book Review - Christmas at the Log Fire Cabin by Catherine Ferguson - Rachel Reads Randomly Book #72

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Title:  Christmas at the Log Fire Cabin
Author: Catherine Ferguson
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: 2nd October 2017
Rating: 5 Stars

When Poppy’s boyfriend Harrison proposes the week before Christmas and gives her twelve days to decide, she doesn’t know what to do. With the festive season in full swing, it’s make or break time for the couple and the clock is ticking…

Meanwhile, Poppy’s best friend Erin is desperate for the pair of them to fulfil their dream of setting up a dinner party catering company – and when an opportunity arises at a luxury log fire cabin, the girls take their chance to impress. But they hadn’t bargained on the owner of the cabin being quite so attractive – or having quite such a sexy voice.

As the twelve days tick on, will Poppy realise that Harrison is the one for her? Or will it be love in the lodge when the new year comes?

Lose yourself this Christmas in the new novel from the brilliant Catherine Ferguson, perfect for cosying up with by the fire.

I loved this book, its got a good festive feel to it, there's a log fire cabin on a lake, a get together of assorted strangers, some fabulous Italian cooking, and a couple of storylines that take on slightly less frivolous topics. 

But first I need to highlight something about Harrison, Poppy's boyfriend. He is a number cruncher, errs on the side of probability his all life, and instantly struck me as dull It is not often that I find myself rooting against a perfectly nice man, in a book but he was dull and it was obvious early on that Poppy should be able to do better. I mean I was slightly fixated on his rather unusual interest and then couldn't believe it wasn't completely made up once I looked into it! 

Poppy is an excellent cook but is currently working as a waitress in a hotel where her bosses don't seem to appreciate her. I'd say that Harrison doesn't appear to appreciate her either. With some persuasion from best friend Erin she agrees to cater for a log fire cabin over Christmas, for a rather mixed family situation. 

It just so happens there is a rather attractive man in the mix, and he may have a soft spot for Poppy, but she is due to be engaged after her 12 day cooling off period to Harrison ends. Quite a few chapters start with the 3 course menu that Poppy is due to make that day. All the food sounded delicious, but its not the focus of the book. 

That is more to do with families, there are storylines involving characters not knowing their fathers, one involving a new relationship with step children involved, and there is also Poppy's mother who has a potentially dangerous problem that she needs to overcome.  

I loved the scenes in the log fire cabin, it was such a cosy setting for a Christmas book, and the Christmas Poppy spent aged 12 with her father in a similar setting, was a great illustration of just what a great location it was. 

Christmas at the Log Fire Cabin is a cosy wintery/festive story that is so much more than a Christmas book, I was laughing at times, open mouthed at others, while thoroughly enjoying the cast of characters that has been created.  It is just a shame it had to end when it did, I was would love to see how various things develop in Poppy's life after the book has finished. 

Thank you so much to Netgalley and Avon for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

1 comment:

  1. Yay!!! I'm so glad this was a hit with you! I cannot wait to start reading Christmas books! :) I'm SO behind on my fall!


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