It’s that time of year again! The nights are getting darker earlier, days are getting colder and oh yes…. IT’S CHRISTMAS!! I love a good festive romance novel and so I jumped at the chance to read this arc in exchange for an honest review. So, get your pyjamas on, make a nice hot chocolate (with cream and marshmallows of course), wrap up in a blanket and snuggle down with my newest review.
The Holiday Cottages are magical places, where those who come to Sprucewood, Colorado to “get away” find themselves, and their hopes renewed, relationships kindled and dreams coming true.
Fed up with corporate life in Denver and the ‘boys club’ attitude where she works, Renae Caldwell resigns her job.
She has one month before she commences with a new company and intends to use it to rejuvenate herself.
When an advertisement for the Cottages Farm in Sprucewood catches her eye, Renae decides she will spend her vacation there in the clean air and peace of the mountains. She rents Mistletoe Cottage and falls in love with it at first sight.
Mason Flint is Sprucewood’s Fire Brigade Captain and loves living in this small mountain town a few hours from Denver. He’s a confirmed bachelor, happy with life.
Life for Mason will never be the same once he encounters the beautiful lady visiting from the city. Will she feel the same about him?
Will Renae’s life, and the lives of others, be threatened by an out of control arsonist, or will Mason find the perpetrator in time? And what part will the cottage play in Renae and Mason’s future?
This is the first one I had read from Susan Horsnell and I must admit I enjoyed the story, it was a nice, cosy festive romance with a nice twist with the arson and the whodunnit (which I didn’t guess correctly)
But, I do feel the dialogue was stunted at parts as it didn’t feel like smooth, normal speech and seemed a bit too fake at times. I also felt like sometimes there was a bit too much description of the character’s actions, it sometimes felt forced and padded out, such as when the writer described where all of the characters in the scene sat down. I love a good scene setting but I want some aspects left to my imagination.
But, on the whole it was a nice feel good, festive read. I liked that we had a bit of mystery and tension with the fires as well as the romance angle, it gave the story a bit more depth. I also love the idea of a cul-de-sac of cottages in the a small village in the middle of nowhere. It sounds heavenly and I can’t think of a nicer place to spend the holidays. It was very reminiscent of “The Holiday” film with the cottage, so picturesque and festive.
Would you stay in a cottage in the middle of nowhere over the christmas time? If so, who would you stay there with?
I would definitely stay there with my fiancé and dog, sounds like the perfect holiday getaway, especially with a nice open fire and beautiful walks.
⭐⭐⭐ – a fun read, I enjoyed the book, but the dialogue did often disrupt the flow, however if you are looking for a festive, cosy read, then take a look at this one.
Out tomorrow on Amazon here.