Thank you to Jackie Ladbury and Fabrian Books for an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased and honest review. Also thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for organising this blog tour.
Christmas is coming and actress Kirsty Castille seems doomed to play the front part of Nag, the Christmas pantomime horse, when a surprise audition lands her the lead role as Maria in the Sound of Music.
Even better she bonds with a handsome chef over a piece of squid at her local supermarket, although sadly romance is the last thing on Jake Levy’s mind.
He has a Christmas deadline, an ex-wife to mourn and lots of emotional baggage to drag around. He certainly doesn’t have time for romance and even if he did he wouldn’t fall for someone like Kirsty who craves the limelight: been there, done that.
A misunderstanding leads Jake to offer Kirsty a job in his new restaurant and she takes it purely to convince him that she’s the girl of his dreams.
Her charm offensive begins to work but while he’s cooking up a storm she’s secretly sparkling under the spotlight – until her cover is busted.
The fallout is catastrophic, but as they say in Luvvie Land, the show must go on, even if Kirsty is terrified that she’s taken her last curtain call and ruined her chance for love.
Read on and immerse yourself in this delightful winter romance as the snow starts to fall and Christmas day becomes a magical reality.
When this gorgeous cover arrived from Rachel in my inbox there was no way I was going to refuse it. It’s just stunning and so Christmassy.
I completely loved this warm and cosy Christmas romance novel. Kirsty is desperate to break into the big time as an actress and really fancies herself as leading lady in a romantic role. Jake is a chef with a messy love life determined to avoid getting involved with an actress again and instead, focus on setting up his new business.
Christmas provides the setting for this novel but doesn’t play a huge part in the story. The narrative is more character driven and with two brilliant characters it was impossible not to fall in love with them. Kirsty is quirky, witty and at times hilarious. The writer has captured the reality of being an actress trying to get a break really well and has shown that it’s not all glamorous. Jake is more down to Earth and adorable. I love a book that describes food in a way that makes my mouth water. The whole ‘will they – won’t they?’ theme kept me glued to the novel.
Jackie Ladbury also creates some brilliant love-to-hate characters in Kirsty and Jake’s exes. I always enjoy a bit of a nasty character to balance out loveliness in a novel.
Christmas Kisses on Hollywell Hill is such a fabulous book to curl up and get lost in for a while.
Author Bio – Jackie Ladbury
Jackie Ladbury writes heart-warming contemporary and historical women’s fiction that is always guaranteed a happy ever after. From spending many years as an air-stewardess and seeing that it really is love that makes the world go around, she determined to put the same sparkle and emotion into her stories. Her life is no longer as exotic (or chaotic) as it was in those heady days of flying as she now lives a quiet life in Hertfordshire with her family and two cats, spending her days making up stories and finding excuses not to go to the gym.
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