Thank you to Rosie Green 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.
When Jess Thornton’s dad was lost at sea, the family coped in different ways, alone in their grief. Now, her mum seems to be going off the rails and her sister, Isla, who moved to France, is now back and determined to get their old family home on the market. But the last thing Jess wants this Christmas is for renovations to start on the house. It’s sure to stir up all sorts of memories she’s desperate to avoid. And to make things worse, Isla appears to have hired the most obnoxious builder in the world to do the work. Jess could ignore the fact that women seem to be putty in his hands. But what she finds harder to ignore is the frisson she gets every time she squeezes past him in the mess that is now their beloved old home! Can the family finally start talking and find a way to move on from the past this Christmas?
Snowflakes Over Moondance Cottage is a sweet and emotional read that is more about family affairs than romance. It’s so beautifully written that the wonderful characters take you on their journeys through a emotional roller-coaster of revelations and family healing.
Jess is heartbroken and struggling to move on after the death of her father. In addition to grieving for his death, she has never come to terms with the separation of her parents and this seems to have caused damage to her relationship with her mother and sister (Isla). She cannot even bear to live in the cottage that was left to her and Isla and it’s now standing empty…that is until Isla decides she wants to sell it.
Yes there is a hint of romance and sexual tension in the book between Jess and the builder and this gives the book a romantic feel but for me the main plot was the healing and coming together of Jess’s family and the backdrop of Christmas makes it so much more special. For me Christmas is massively about family and getting together and that is the message this book really promotes. It’s about friendship, forgiveness and moving forward in life after tragedy.
Despite having some heavy themes and a multitude of emotions, Snowflakes Over Moondance Cottage is a real festive, uplifting novel that cannot fail to warm the coldest of hearts.
Author Bio – Rosie Green
Rosie has been scribbling stories ever since she was little.
Back then, they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’.
Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all – unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.
Rosie’s brand new series of novellas is centred around life in a village cafe. The latest, ‘Bonfires & Hot Chocolate at the Little Duck Pond Cafe’, is out now.
Watch out for ‘A Winter Wedding at the Little Duck Pond Cafe’, which will be published Christmas 2019.
Rosie is also writing a full-length, standalone book for Christmas 2019, entitled ‘Snowflakes over Moondance Cottage’.
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