Friday, 26 October 2018

Book Review - Christmas at the Little Cottage on the Hill by Emma Davies

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Title: Christmas at the Little Cottage on the Hill
Author: Emma Davies
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: 26th October 2018
Rating: 5 Stars

One twinkling winter’s night, Ruby wakes her sleeping children and escapes for a new life in the countryside. It’s a choice that will change her life beyond all recognition…

Arriving at the cosy little rental cottage as the first snow begins to fall, Ruby doesn’t regret leaving her bully of a husband for a moment, but she does feel guilty about uprooting her kids so close to Christmas. She can only wish that one day soon her son Jem will forgive her.

It’s not long before the family are settled in and drinking hot chocolate by the fire, the flames kept roaring by a neighbouring woodsman called Angus. As big as a tree, but as gentle as a dormouse, all Ruby’s instincts tell her to be wary of letting this gorgeous stranger get too close. Is that the first tingle of festive magic Ruby can feel? Or might it even be hope?

As Christmas day approaches and a blizzard sparks a power cut across the entire village, Ruby must force herself to believe in Christmas miracles again. Was she right to put her trust in Angus? With only flickering candles to guide her through the darkness, will she ever find her way back to the light? 

Wow talk about saving the best for last in a series - although really if the other parts hadn't been as great, then this wouldn't have been as amazing.  Talk about a perfect culmination for a series, at least I'm guessing there won't be another although I'd love to see the series run and run. 

For the entirety of the last quarter of the book, I was fighting tears almost constantly, predominately of joy and some of fear, which was rather awkward since I had saved the last bit to read in a restaurant with dinner!!  

It was just so good, and so romantic.  And I loved new character Ruby and her family, and the fledgling friendship with the local gentle giant Angus.  I would though have perhaps liked to have known a bit more of Ruby's background, but there were enough hints to give you a pretty good idea without it being too explicit. 

It was fabulous to catch up properly with Maddie, Trixie, Tom, Clara and all the series regulars. to see what they were all getting up to and to see plenty of familiar faces even just briefly.  Seeing Joy Acre all decorated for Christmas was so pretty, and  then there was a snowman competition which was really amusing. 

There are so many great moments in this book that I couldn't hope to mention them all. I'd suggest that you read this series in order, purely to get the full benefit of this book .  

I love every second of this book, and its definitely my favourite from Emma Davies. Such a joy to read, and I recommend it to anyone that loves Christmas books, this series, feel good fiction or just generally wants to be smiling while reading. 

Thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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