Title: A Cotswold Christmas
Author: Kate Hewitt
Series: Willoughby Close #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Available: 17th Oct
Welcome to Wychwood-on-Lea… a not-too-quaint village where frosty evenings, welcoming fires, and second chances will make this a Christmas you’ll never forget.
Anna Vere has escaped to the Cotswolds for Christmas to try to heal from her broken engagement and, far worse, her broken dreams. When her reserved room at a bed & breakfast is flooded, she takes up the offer of camping out in Willoughby Close, the converted stables of the nearby manor house… and is taken under the wing of sexy local carpenter Colin Heath.
What starts out as merely helping a neighbor in need turns into far more as Colin and Anna share a surprisingly intense and emotional connection, weaving their own Christmas magic as they spend the holiday together. But Anna has a secret she’s scared to reveal, something that could destroy the fragile bond they’ve just created, and Colin knows she’s only in England for a short time. Can these two sudden soul mates risk their hearts for a love that has yet to be tried and tested?
Get swept away by this poignant and heartwarming story, set in beautiful Wychwood-on-Lea, in the English Cotswolds. And look forward to four more books set in Willoughby Close, where everyday miracles and happily-ever-afters are guaranteed.
Source: ARC from Tule Publishing via NetGalley
This was a cute, easy enough read with a sprinkling of romance, the cosy beauty of the Cotswolds and a hint of the Christmas season.
The characters were nice. Anna has clearly been battered about by life of late and just wants to escape somewhere quiet. She didn’t feel particularly American to me (I think it was the rugby reference and knowing about the wolds), but she was nice enough. Same with Colin. He’s a nice guy who is happy to help out someone in need.
Their romance moves very swiftly. It kind of has to given the time frame of the book, but I’m not sure I was entirely convinced by their chemistry, though I did like how issues firmly raised their head when the time came for Anna to leave (although I thought she was staying for two weeks, not just one).
The Christmas element is kind of muted. Anna is escaping from it, while Colin’s family aren’t overly festive. This doesn’t particularly bother me, but if you look at that cover and expect snow and sleigh bells and tinsel on every page, you may be disappointed.
Overall it’s okay. It sets things up nicely for the rest of the series, and I am intrigued to know more about Willoughby Close, but I wasn’t particularly swept away by this romance and I’m not sure any of the more serious issues raised were ever really resolved. Still, if you’re looking for something quick and easy, with a nice country feel and a hint of Christmas, then you may find something to enjoy here.
A Cotswold Christmas is out October 17th.
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