Christmas at Aunt Elsie’s by Emily Harvale – Blog Blitz

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for organising this tour and to Emily Harvale and Crescent Gate publishing for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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A distant relative. A blizzard. A Christmas of surprises.

Lottie Short isn’t looking forward to Christmas. Her boyfriend has dumped her and she’s also lost her job. Lottie and her beloved spaniel, Merry, are facing the festive season – and a bleak future, alone.

But a Christmas card and round-robin letter give Lottie hope. And as the first snowflakes fall, she’s on her way to the tiny seaside village of Seahorse Harbour to visit her distant aunt. She’ll stay in a cosy B&B and get some bracing, sea air. That might lift her spirits.

What she doesn’t plan for is a blizzard, her aunt taking a fall, or the dramas unfolding all around her. But at least there’s a warm welcome at Aunt Elsie’s cottage … and a roaring log fire in the village pub.

That’s not all that might bring a rosy glow to Lottie’s cheeks. Asher Bryant, the local vet is pretty hot, and Lottie also hits it off with another visitor to Seahorse Harbour. This festive season might be better than she hoped.

And when Lottie gets more than one surprise this Christmas, perhaps she and Merry won’t be spending the New Year on their own.

This is book 2 in my new series of standalone novels set in the tiny, seaside village of Seahorse Harbour.

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My Thoughts

I’ve read a few Emily Harvale books and I have to say this is my favourite to-date.

I haven’t read book one in this series but although they are linked, you don’t need to read them in order.  Cleverly, Emily has written a gossipy member of the community who will catch you up in no time.

As a reader it didn’t take long before I had moved myself into Seahorse Bay and became one of the residents.  I always love it when I become completely immersed in a community within a book and Emily certainly delivers with this novel.  I’m looking forward to visiting during other seasons too. 

I loved the character of Lottie (and her spaniel Merry of course) as she leaves a difficult time behind her and begins to move on.  She’s had terrible sadness in her life and it’s clear from the opening chapters there is a lot of healing to do.  Left with no relatives apart from a distant aunt, she leaves her former life behind in the hope of making some family bonds and putting her life back together. 

Christmas is such a huge family event and Lottie makes a brave and bold move.  What she’s not quite expecting is how much the community take her under their wing.  I love the diverse and quirky characters of Seahorse Bay and adored how they welcomed Lottie.

With a huge dollop of festive cheer, a sprinkle of romance and a few dashes of hunky men, this is a charming and soothing story that just brought warmth and happiness to my heart.  Definitely a wonderful Christmas novel to soothe the soul.

Author Bio – Emily Harvale

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Emily writes novels, novellas and short stories about friendship, family and falling in love. She loves a happy ending but knows that life doesn’t always go to plan. Her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.

Emily loves to connect with her readers and has a readers’ group in which many have become good friends. To catch up with Emily, find out about the group, or connect with her on social media, go to her website at

Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now writes full-time. She’s a member of the SoA, an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. When not writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid both. Emily has two mischievous rescue cats that like to sprawl across her keyboard, regardless of whether Emily is typing on it, or not.

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  1. I like her books too but I felt they have to be read in order to understand all characters hence didn’t opt for this. I hope to get the book from Amazon directly once all the books in series is out

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