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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A Cornish Christmas Carol by Liz Fenwick - Book Review, Guest Post & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

Abigail is a strict boss, she comes across as cold and moody and she doesn't have any joy in her life. She used to look forward to the holidays when she was younger, but working through Christmas has become normal in her world. She has a successful career, but she has no friends and there's no love in her life. How did this happen? When Abigail has to fill in for someone at work she has no choice but to return to Cornwall, the place where her whole life unraveled.

While Abigail is traveling she's being forced to take a good look at her life. She gets three visits that make her view the past, present and future in a different way. Are they on time to save her soul and make her defrost? Will they be able to remove the bitterness from her character, so she can enjoy Christmas once more?

A Cornish Christmas Carol is a beautiful story about a woman who lost everything, including her kindness. My heart ached for Abigail, for everything she had to go through and the person she's become because of it. Liz Fenwick has given her main character a great multilayered personality with plenty of flaws, but many wonderful qualities as well and I was immediately intrigued. I couldn't wait to find out if Abigail would find love and joy again with a little help of the magic of Christmas.

Liz Fenwick has a heartwarming writing style that always makes me love her stories straight from the beginning. Her descriptions are vivid and colorful and there are many little unusual details that make her writing stand out. I love reading about Cornwall and she makes her setting come to life incredibly well. I like a good moving story and A Cornish Christmas Carol definitely falls into that category. I enjoyed reading it just as much as A Christmas Carol and the title is well chosen. I absolutely loved this amazing enchanting Christmas novella and highly recommend it.

Advice

If you love reading about Cornwall and like magical Christmas stories you should definitely read A Cornish Christmas Carol.

About Liz Fenwick


I was born in Massachusetts and after nine international moves - the final one lasting eight years in Dubai- I now live in Cornwall and London with my husband and a cat. I made my first trip to Cornwall in 1989, bought my home there seven years later. My heart is forever in Cornwall, creating new stories.

My debut novel THE CORNISH HOUSE was followed by A CORNISH AFFAIR, A CORNISH STRANGER and UNDER A CORNISH SKY. All published by Orion in English. There are editions in Dutch, German, Portuguese, French, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Estonian, Latvian, Turkish, Serbian, Czech and soon Hungarian. My latest novel is THE RETURNING TIDE.

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Guest post
By Liz Fenwick

It’s that time of year…when we all fall in love…with Christmas or not. I’m one of those people who has always loved Christmas. Growing up in the States just outside Boston, I remember hours spent by the Christmas tree watching snow falling outside. On the record player Christmas carols played and I day dreamed, or more truly snow dreamed. Even now when sleep is elusive I imagine snow falling and the peace it brings.

Now living in Cornwall snow is not a part of my Christmas dreams but the Christmas tree is. My ‘Christmas’ begins with decorating it and each ornament is a time capsule. The first ornaments on the tree are always my grandmother’s glass ones which hung on all the trees of my childhood. I look at them and see my snow filled winters. Next on the tree is a present from my husband when we were dating and it was our first Christmas together. He bought it in Houston knowing I love teddy bears. This is followed by ones which were given to us as a wedding present (one the most enduring wedding presents ever…and they were all chosen to represent Boston and Cape Cod so I’d would never forget home).


Next on the tree are the ornaments my children have made over the years. I’m sure as they look on them they cringe at the half glittered badly painted stars and trees. But I smile, remembering their joy and excitement in those early days.


At this point I step back and look at my tree as it then becomes not just a time machine but a travel one. I moved to London in 1989 and met my husband. He worked in the oil industry which took us all over the world. So Canada is represented in the form of a wooden brown bear, Moscow in blue and gold domes, Houston in a cowboy boot, Dubai in camels and palm trees, Asia in people dressed in vibrant red silk.


The end result is never something that would end up in a photo shoot for a house beautiful magazine. But it is a reminder of a life filled with blessings and love, which for me is what this time of year is all about.

Giveaway

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One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a signed paperback copy of The Returning Tide by Liz Fenwick.


The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.

28 comments:

  1. Love your Christmas tree, so did she get visit by ghost? or she willingly went down memory lane?

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  2. A Cornish Christmas Carol sounds like a heartwarming and poignant story about the true meaning of Christmas.

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  3. Your tree is covered in special memories. Great review. Happy Christmas

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  4. Would love to win this book for my Mum who reads a lot.

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  5. that is one awesome christmas tree!! thanks for the post, and I look forward to reading your books xx

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  6. I really love that cover, it makes me want to know who she is.

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  7. Liz ... The Returning Tide looks so interesting.

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  8. Our Christmas Angel on the top of the tree was something I made as a 3-year old out of toilet roll, tin foil & tinsel!

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  9. Covers of both the books it's beautiful!

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  10. I confess to not having read any of your books yet ( and I hold my head in shame! ) but I love Cornwall and as my new year resolution is to make more time for reading,I will put your books at the top of my "to read" list. Have a very Merry Christmas.

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  11. I am looking forward to reading this as she is a new author for me

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  12. I love the blurb and the cover is gorgeous.

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  13. Book sounds great. I can't wait to read it.

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  14. What a lovely Christmas Tree :)
    Thank you for the great post.
    Merry Chirstmas and Happy Holidays :)

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  15. Thanks for the great prize and competition. Looks like an interesting read.

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  16. I think the best Christmas trees are the ones decorated with love.

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  17. Loved seeing & reading about your Christmas tree & ornaments. I always like to read/hear about others' traditions.

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  18. great giveaway - looks like a good read

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  19. This sounds a really enjoyable book.

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  20. I dont want Christmas to be over quite yet so this book would keep me in the mood for a bit longer. It looks like a really enjoyable read i have my fingers and toes crossed

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  21. I'd love to read this book! Thanks for the chance!

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