I am delighted to join the blog tour for Christmas at the Little Cottage on the Hill by Emma Davies today. I have loved reading this series set in my home county of Shropshire and although it is a bitter sweet moment, the series now drawing to a close, I’d like to thank Kim Nash for inviting me to join the tour and Bookouture for keeping me stocked with the lovely books. Here is what it’s all about.
About the Book
One twinkling winter’s night, Ruby wakes her sleeping children and escapes for a new life in the countryside. It’s a choice that will change her life beyond all recognition…
Arriving at the cosy little rental cottage as the first snow begins to fall, Ruby doesn’t regret leaving her bully of a husband for a moment, but she does feel guilty about uprooting her kids so close to Christmas. She can only wish that one day soon her son will forgive her.
It’s not long before the family are settled in and drinking hot chocolate by the fire, the flames kept roaring by a neighbouring woodsman called Angus. As big as a tree, but as gentle as a dormouse, all Ruby’s instincts tell her to be wary of letting this gorgeous stranger get too close. Is that the first tingle of festive magic Ruby can feel? Or might it even be hope?
As Christmas day approaches and a blizzard sparks a power cut across the entire village, Ruby must force herself to believe in Christmas miracles again. Was she right to put her trust in Angus? With only flickering candles to guide her through the darkness, will she ever find her way back to the light?
Wrap yourself up in this utterly gorgeous festive romance, perfect for anyone who loves Heidi Swan, Jenny Colgan, Lucy Diamond – and Christmas!
And who says I don’t do Christmas? Well, typically that would be me, but for this book I am happy to make an exception.
I can’t believe this is the last Little Cottage book. I have loved getting to know the folk of Joy’s Acre over the four books in the series, and seeing it all closed off in Christmas at the Little Cottage on the Hill has both cheered and saddened me in equal measure. Saddened because it is over, cheered because they have bowed out in style.
This Christmas is Maddie’s first at Joy’s Acre but boy is it set to be a special one. I don’t want to spoil things on that front but let’s just say that Seth has a surprise or two in store which will melt your heart and make sure that the already busy time preparing for their hosting of the village Christmas party will be twice as hectic as planned. Add in to this the unseasonably white (yes, even for Shropshire) December weather and it is one hell of a task they have ahead of them.
As always, this isn’t simply a story about the team at Joy’s Acre. This time around they are joined by two brand new characters – Angus, who they sort of inherited along with the woods which separated Joy’s Acre from the Manor, and Ruby, a scared mother of two who is on the run from her past. You can tell straight away what her issues have been, but also that gentle giant Angus has seen it too. I’ve got to be honest, Emma Davies has a way of writing her characters very sympathetically and I had developed a bit of a soft spot for both Seth and Tom along the way, but Angus is perhaps my favourite of all of them. There is something very special and likeable about him, perhaps because he seems so quiet compared to the others, his presence very undaunting – unless you factor in the actual physical size of the man that is.
This was a beautiful story, and I raced through it in a single afternoon. I do have to admit I have a soft spot for these books and the family that has been developed at Joy’s Acre. There is such a sense of positivity and camaraderie amongst the friends that makes anyone, even a hard hearted reader such as myself, feel welcome, and you cannot help but smile as you read it. Emma Davies is certainly capable of throwing in a few surprises too with revelations about Angus that you may not expect. And I love the way in which she depicts the small town feeling in the books. It definitely feels like the Shropshire I know and could be any of a number country towns. You can feel the crisp winter air chill you, followed by the warmth and comfort of a nice hot chocolate, and all the talk of the scrummy cakes that Trixie keeps baking will have you salivating over your kindle.
If you have loved the series then I guarantee you will love this book too. For those who were hoping Trixie may get her happily ever after, well … you’ll need to read the book but let’s say, whilst the story is not about Trixie, in fact it turns largely back to where it began with Maddie and Seth, the future doesn’t look too bad for her either. Fun, romantic and a perfect way to say goodbye, I loved it.
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About the Author
After a varied career, Emma Davies once worked for a design studio where she was asked to provide a fun and humorous (and not necessarily true) anecdote for their website. She wrote the following: ‘I am a bestselling novelist currently masquerading as a thirty something mother of three.’ Well the job in the design studio didn’t work out but she’s now a forty something mother of three and is happy to report the rest of her dream came true.
After many years as a finance manager she now writes full time, and is far happier playing with words than numbers. She lives with her husband, three children, and two guinea pigs in rural Shropshire where she writes in all the gaps in between real life. It’s a county she adores, her love of its beautiful people and landscapes providing endless inspiration for her books, and in fact the only thing that would make Shropshire more idyllic is if it were by the sea.
Pop over to her website www.emmadaviesauthor.com where, amongst other things, you can read about her passion for Pringles and singing loudly in the car. You can also wave to her on Twitter or find her on Facebook (a little too often than is good for her).
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