Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Book Review - Not Just For Christmas by Natalie Cox

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Title: Not Just For Christmas
Author: Natalie Cox
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Orion
Publication Date: 15th November 2018 
Rating: 5 Stars

Charlie hates the holidays, and this year is shaping up to be her worst yuletide ever. Her boyfriend has left her for his personal trainer, her flat is out of bounds after a gas leak, and her mother has gone to spend Christmas in Melbourne with her fifth husband. Finding herself single, mildly concussed and temporarily homeless, Charlie hesitantly agrees to dust off her wellies and spend the festive season in Devon, looking after Cosy Canine Cottages, her cousin Jez's dog-care centre.

However, her plans for a quiet rural Christmas with only the four-legged friends for company are dashed as soon as she meets Malcolm the deaf Great Dane, Hugo, his gorgeous (but engaged) owner, and Cal, the undeniably attractive but unbearably haughty and patronising local vet...

Dogs... check
Christmas... check

Two gorgeous men... check 
Hilarious situations... check 
Main character who is not keen on Christmas or Dogs but needs to learn to embrace both.... check  

I mean what more could you ask for from a Christmas book. This was completely delightful.  There were laugh out loud moments, absolutely adorable moment and a rather unusually scary happening right at the beginning too. 

A series of unfortunate circumstances leave Charlie temporarily homeless, single and having to take time off work, she ends up in Devon with her cousin Jez.  Jez though runs Canine Cottages where owners can leave their beloved dogs safely, while they head off on holiday.   However Charlie isn't really keen on dogs at all. 

So when Jez then announces she is spending Christmas abroad and needs Charlie to look after the place you know things are going to get interesting.  

Despite being a main character who isn't too keen with dogs she is remarkably easy to like, she is big hearted and a bit of a soft touch.  Thankfully the local vet keeps popping in to make sure she doesn't do anything too silly with the dogs. 

And what fabulous animals they are, from the twins who live outside and love nothing more than to pull a suky,  to Peggy who is heavily pregnant,  Malcolm the huge Great Dane, Jed the show dog, Slab who is just really old but sweet they all have such distinct personalities and all utterly gorgeous. 

Easily this is a book for the Christmas and animal lovers amongst you, there is plenty of plot to keep you interested and a few surprises in store too.  It is a lovely heartwarming read, and although it may be the first book I've read from this author, I am sure it won't be my last either. 

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

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