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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Christmas at Lilac Cottage by Holly Martin

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Review by Tanya

Penny is lonely and wants company in the evening. She lives on her own in a lilac cottage that is overlooking White Cliff Bay. She has only ever had one relationship with a man, which ended in extremely sad circumstances. Therefore Penny arranges to rent her annexe out to two tenants, who she thinks are a couple. She hopes to make friends with them. Henry and Daisy Travis aren’t quite what she is expecting though, as she finds out after spending the evening getting to know Henry. There is an immediate attraction between Henry and Penny, which is rather a shock to Penny and one she is not willing to act on as he is married!

Penny is a character you immediately warm to. You can tell why she is so popular in the town. She treats everyone as equals and believes in justice, although some of the locals do not treat her kindly in return, so it is great to see Henry's sticking up for her. Penny has a fascinating job, she's an ice carver and the pieces that she and other carvers in the story make sound amazing, especially the Hogwarts sculpture. Penny's background story is sad and part of it I can relate to, which made her even more of a special character for me. She is extremely sensible and has a big heart. She is a person that deserves to be loved and kept safe.

Henry has a background with his daughter that is to be admired and after the initial grumpiness you warm to him. He stands up for what is right and is very protective, overprotective sometimes, of his daughter. I did worry at one point that he may make a bad judgment error when his boss makes advances on him and threatens him with his job. He seems to attract the attention of women wherever he goes, but he has never really wanted a proper relationship with any of them as his daughter always comes first.
White Cliff Bay is one of those towns where everyone seems to know everyone and therefore it is hard to keep secrets. It has a community spirit that is to be appreciated. This especially shows when snow may jeopardise the annual Christmas Eve Ball. There are some lovely characters that would be interesting to meet again. Besides a fantastic setting Christmas at Lilac Cottage has humour, romance, the Christmas spirit, adventure, sorrow, beautiful ice sculptures and more humour. It is a great read for this time of year, as it will get you in the right Christmas mood. I recommend you get yourself a nice hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows, a mince pie and a copy of this great book.
Christmas at Lilac Cottage is a heartwarming Christmas story that is perfect for those who love funny and festive small town romances.


  1. This book sounds like something I'd really enjoy reading, thank you for sharing your thoughts!

  2. Funny and heartwarming is a welcome combo!


  3. I love reading Christmas stories like this around Christmas time :)

  4. I love the sound of the book. I can't wait to read it.

  5. I read 3 Martin's books so far, and two of them I adored and one was just good.
    I actually am waiting for this book to arrive the week after the next week, and I am really looking forward to read it!
    It's great to hear it's a perfect festive read. :)

  6. I would love to have a big collection of christmas books :) It's perfect for holidays christmas!!

  7. Sounds like a wonderful story. Thanks for the review!

  8. Just like the tag line states: 'A perfect romance to curl up by the fire with'!

  9. I haven't read any Christmas books yet. This one sounds good.

  10. (Christmas at Lilac Cottage by Holly Martin) What a great sounding book, I would enjoy reading this for my winter reads.

  11. I love reading sweet stories like this during the holidays. As for your advice, I've never tried mince pie!

  12. Sounds great and would love to read this.

  13. I love small town romances,and Christmas at Lilac Cottage sounds great,plus the cover is wonderful :)

  14. I enjoy reading about small towns and its residents. Thanks for your review. I'm adding this to my TRL.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  15. Christmas at Lilac Cottage has a lovely cover and the excerpt is just as enchanting. Penny sounds like a dear, sweet kind person & thankfully wasn't written as a crazy cat lady :) Love the book review overall & adding to my must read list. Thanks!