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As the snow flutters down in the little village of Linnetford, escape to a cosy farmhouse kitchen, scented with the rich aromas of fruitcake and gingerbread, where a love of baking is about to unite two lonely hearts…
Cathy cooked at her mother’s side her whole life and could bake a fairy cake before she could ride a bike. Now she is facing her first Christmas without her beloved mother, she’s determined to use her memories for something positive. She decides to organise a weekly cooking class, sharing her mother’s precious recipes with other lonely souls.
There’s just one small spanner in the works: teenager Tansy, who attends Cathy’s classes even though she’s rude to everyone there and seems to hate every minute. Cathy is poised to ask Tansy to leave, but her uncle, physiotherapist Matt, begs her to give the teenager another chance. And Cathy can’t resist Matt’s sparkling hazel eyes and incredibly kind heart…
But just as Cathy is feeling she might find joy again, her ex returns to Linnetford, desperate for a second chance. With Matt becoming distant as his life gets more complicated, it seems so easy to return to the safe embrace of someone she knows so well. Can Cathy avoid the temptation of falling back in love with the man who broke her heart and let Christmas bring her the greatest gift – that of happiness?
Filled to the brim with sweet Christmas treats, Cathy’s Christmas Kitchen is the perfect book to enjoy curled up by the fire. An emotional feel-good read packed with heart and hope.
Ah I really needed this uplifting and inspiring book last week and it was perfect for beating away the blues.
Cathy has spent all her teenage and adult life caring and now her mum has passed away, and Cathy is lost. Having given up friendships, social engagements, a career and a love life to give every waking minute to her mother, Cathy is at a loose end and finding it hard to fill her days until she takes a step and nrings along some baking to a local coffee morning. From there, Cathy’s confidence flourishes as her baking become more popular and she forges new relationships – including a possible romantic one. Can Cathy finally find happiness for herself?
My heart went straight out to Cathy from the very beginning of this book and I cheered on every little step she took to move forward and took great joy watching her succeed. She was such an adorable character who had selflessly sacrificed her life and I just wanted to take her under my wing and introduce her to the world. My mouth was watering at every bake Cathy made and I could almost smell Christmas in the air whilst I read.
I found warmth in the way she was enveloped into the heart of the community and gently nudged to find and use her strengths. Her new friends were amusing and full of character and brought depth to the plot.
The village of Linnetford seems so quaint and picturesque, particulalrly at Christmas time. The church hall sounded cosy, the coffe shop seemed perfect and the cottage itself where Cathy lived just sounded like an absolute gem.
This is such a cosy and heartwarming book to wrap youself up and read. Highly recommended to read on a rubbish day. You’ll feel warmth in no time at all.
Author Bio – Tilly Tennant
Tilly Tennant was born in Dorset, the oldest of four children, but now lives in Staffordshire with a family of her own. After years of dismal and disastrous jobs, including paper plate stacking, shop girl, newspaper promotions and waitressing (she never could carry a bowl of soup without spilling a bit), she decided to indulge her passion for the written word by embarking on a degree in English and creative writing. She wrote a novel in 2007 during her first summer break at university and has not stopped writing since. She also works as a freelance fiction editor, and considers herself very lucky that this enables her to read many wonderful books before the rest of the world gets them.
Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was her debut novel; published in 2014 it was an Amazon bestseller in both the UK and Australia. In 2016 she signed to the hugely successful Bookouture and is currently working on her next Tilly Tennant novel. She also writes as Sharon Sant, where she explores the darker side of life, and Poppy Galbraith, where things get a little crazier.
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