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Join us for Christmas in the Cotswolds in this perfect festive escape, from the bestselling Lucy Coleman.
Imogen Tolliman never knew her mother. And when an accident robs Immi of her father too, she goes to live with her grandfather, Tollie, in his picturesque lock-keeper’s cottage by the Aysbury marina.
Tollie is the star of the Santa Ahoy Special each Christmas – a festive boat ride along the canal that enthralls both children and adults alike. And as Immi grows up, she starts to appreciate the magical community she is lucky enough to live in.
When Immi meets Gray Adams, she instantly realises he’s someone special. And as their relationship gets serious, they start to plan for the Christmas to beat all Christmases.
But as the day approaches, and the romantic snow showers turn into blizzards, their dream of a Christmas to remember, looks set to be one they’ll never forget – for all the wrong reasons. Can they salvage the festivities, or will old secrets that are finally uncovered turn Immi’s life upside down forever?
Let Lucy Coleman transport you away to a dreamy Cotswolds Christmas full of snowflakes and secrets, log fires, mistletoe, friends and much-loved traditions. Perfect for all fans of Trisha Ashley, Holly Martin and Sue Moorcroft.
Well it’s official – the time for festive/Christmas romances has arrived and what better way to capture the spirit and run up to Christmas than ‘Christmas at Lock Keeper’s Cottage’ by Lucy Coleman.
Within the first few chapters I had completely fallen head over heels for Aysbury and its wonderful sense of community spirit. It shone through from the very beginning and just continued to prove how string it was throughout – especially when things became tough. The whole vibe from the setting and the inhabitants is just so warm and cosy and I love the idea of living by a canal. Aysbury has some wonderful community festive traditions including Santa and the Santa Ahoy Cruise which reminds me of our local Santa train. You get a complete sense of how much the characters love Christmas and doing things for each other out of love rather than just for a job or out of duty. It totally put me in the mood for festivities.
Immie is just a gorgeous character to get to know and despite having a difficult childhood that still haunts her, she is surrounded by love and gives just as much back. I adored her and thoroughly enjoyed taking this journey alongside her and her community family.
There is a romantic thread running throughout however for me the main focus of this novel is community and family and love that exists in many ways.
I highly recommend this novel as a start to you Christmas reading but be warned….it will put you completely in the festive spirit.
Author Bio – Lucy Coleman
Lucy Coleman is a #1 bestselling romance writer, whose recent novels include Snowflakes over Holly Cove. She also writes under the name Linn B. Halton. She won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award and lives in the Welsh Valleys.
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