This year there’s a bit of a Bookouture Christmas going on here at Bloomin’ Brilliant Books and this is the second Christmas book of theirs I am reviewing in the run up to the festive period.
This year spend a wonderful Christmas on Juniper Island, where love can melt even the iciest of hearts…
Piper Chesterfield lives a glamorous life travelling the world and reviewing the finest hotels. She calls nowhere home, she works alone and that’s how she likes it. For long ago Piper decided that to protect her heart she should lock it away.
So when Piper’s next assignment brings her to the newly opened Stardust Lake Hotel for the festive season, the last person she expects to face is Gabe Whitaker, the man who broke her heart so completely she could never love again.
But Piper isn’t the only one who has been frozen in time by heartbreak. Gabe hasn’t forgotten the golden-eyed girl who disappeared from his world without a trace.
Now fate has reunited them on Juniper Island, can the magic of Christmas heal old wounds? And can this enchanting town be the one place Piper can finally call home?
Curl up with this gorgeously romantic tale and let the glistening snow and the roaring fires of Stardust Lake Hotel get you in the festive spirit this Christmas.
Christmas Under a Cranberry Sky is the first book in the A Town Called Christmas series and it is just divine. Lost love, the longing for a family and a place to call home against the backdrop of Juniper Island at Christmas all make for a gorgeous read!
I’m not a particularly romantic girl but I adored the tale of Pip and Gabe, childhood sweethearts who haven’t seen each other for 12 years, finding each other and falling in love again. Holly has created wonderful characters and I adored Pip, Gabe and Gabe’s daughter Wren. I really felt for both Pip and Gabe as they were separated due to a misunderstanding and both find it difficult to trust again. Gabe is an all round lovely man and I found the relationship between him and his daughter really heart-warming.
Leo the gang leader, reprobate Shetland pony is bloomin’ brilliant and I could just see him strutting about leading his gangster ponies and he put a huge smile on my face.
The descriptions of Juniper Island make for an enchanting read. With ice castles, reindeer, husky puppies, glass igloos, the Northern Lights and lashings of snow it really is magical and I got totally drawn into the setting and the story. It is total and utter escapism and I loved been transported into their world every time I sat down to read. I really wish I could visit the wonderful place Holly has created! Holly has captured the essence of all that is wonderful about Christmas and her writing style draws you into the book immediately.
Christmas Under a Cranberry Sky is the epitome of Christmas. It is sparkling, delightful and quite simply the perfect festive read. If you need an escape from it all during the madness that is Christmas, spend some time reading this book.
Thank you to Holly Martin, Bookouture and Netgalley for the copy in exchange for my review.
Published on 22 September 2016 by Bookouture.