Friday, 12 October 2018

Book Review - Christmas on Lily Pond Lane by Emily Harvale

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Title: Christmas on Lily Pond Lane
Author: Emily Harvale
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author supplied copy
Publisher:  Crescent Gate Publishing
Publication Date: 18th September 2018
Rating: 5 Stars

Snow is falling in Little Pondale, lights are twinkling and the smell of pine trees and roasting chestnuts fills the air…

But Mia Ward is in a bit of a jam. She’d planned to rent out Corner Cottage for Christmas but thanks to best friend, Ella Swann, it’s double-booked. Now Mia’s got to let one ‘party’ down, or find another cottage – fast.

Best friends and single mums, Cathy Cole and Christy Franks want their kids to have an old-fashioned Christmas. Ice-skating, carol singing, making decorations, and tobogganing are on their list of festive fun and Little Pondale is the perfect place. Especially as it has no mobile phone reception. That will make it harder for Cathy to be found.

City banker, Leo Hardman is wondering if renting a cottage for Christmas as an anniversary surprise for his parents, was such a good idea. Little Pondale may be where his parents met, but his mum doesn’t seem pleased to be back, and his brother, Hal isn’t happy that the village is so tiny and only has one pub. 

Meanwhile, Jenny Lake is settling in at her cousin’s bakery, having left her (broken) heart in Florence, but Christmas was never her favourite time of year. And Reverend Glen Fox has taken over at St Michael and All Angels. He’s glad it’s a temporary post because village life is not for him.

But luckily, for locals and visitors alike, there’s a sleigh-load of Christmas magic heading for Lily Pond Lane; enough to put a sparkle in everyone’s festive season. Although Christmas may not go quite as each of them has planned.

What a simply wonderful book, I mean it is so Christmassy its fabulous, and I could really picture Little Pondale and all of its villagers. 

I'll hold my hands up and say that I now regret not having read the Lily Pond Lane serial released this year, only because from the hints at what went on it , I have missed something that would have been a whole lot of fun to read. 

However at no point did I feel lost or anything, and I got to grips with the large cast of characters really quickly,  including the two groups of people coming to the village to rent some cottages for Christmas, adding more people to the mix, everyone really was distinct. 

Loved Glen the vicar, he seemed so sweet, and Jenny in the bakery has been hurt before and up until now has been keeping to herself in the village.  There is Hettie the local gossip, there is Mia who is the main character, and has inherited a fortune, and those are just a few of my favourite characters. 

Mia may have suddenly had more money than anyone know what to do with, but she is generous to a tee, and comes out with some wonderful gestures for the whole village. to enjoy.  There are some many great things that come from Mia but I will leave you to discover them for yourselves. 

The more Emily Harvale Christmas books I read, the more I can tell just how much she clearly loves the season,  and this is no exception.  I loved all the snow, the decorations, happenings in the village, the wishing tree, and pretty much every single word in the book. 

Whenever I wasn't reading this I was resentful of what I was doing that was keeping me from reading more, as I was enjoying it that much. 

Christmas on Lily Pond Lane has left me with a smile on my face, and a craving to go visit Santa and hope that one day I may be allowed to have a pet reindeer!!  

Thank you to Emily Harvale for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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