It’s time to have back to Mandie who is joining the blog tour for Angela Britnell’s Christmas At Black Cherry Retreat. A big thank you to Rachel Gilbey of Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting us to join the tour and publishers Choc Lit for providing an advance copy for review. Here is what the book is all about:
What if you had nowhere to call home for Christmas?
When Fee Winter books a winter break at the remote Black Cherry Retreat in the small town of Pine Ridge, Tennessee, it’s with the idea that the peace and quiet will help her recuperate from her hectic life as a photographer.
But what she didn’t bank on was meeting Tom Chambers and his huge, interfering yet lovable family. With them, could Fee finally experience the warmth and support that’s been missing from her own life – and maybe even find a place to call home in time for Christmas?
I will admit that when I started reading this book I did expect it to be a typical Christmas type romance. As I read this I realised that this was not the case…primarily because the majority of the book is set in and around the time of Halloween and Thanksgiving. That being said it didn’t stop me from enjoying the book.
The book centres on what on the surface seem like two totally different characters; Fee Winter who has booked a holiday at Black Cherry retreat on the advice of her therapist to help her heal both mentally and physically from events in her life, and Tom Chambers a retired cop who has restored and now runs the retreat. Initially Fee seems very jumpy and does not want to engage with anyone and as you get further into the story you can understand why she is the way she is but she eventually can’t help but open up to Tom and slowly lowers her guard with surprising consequences.
Tom is quite a contradiction at times. With his large boisterous family he is very laid back and easy going yet with Fee he can be a bit wary. He blames himself for his wife’s death 18 years before and feels that he should remain true to her memory and live his life alone running the retreat where there is no phone service or internet. I do love his family as they are very close and although they are quite happy to interfere in Tom’s love life (or lack of) they also respect his need for space.
I kind of fell in love with the setting of Tennessee in the fall and the description of the remote(ish) cabins as to be honest that is my idea of heaven, to just be able to get away from it all once in a while. Whilst the story is predominantly a romance, it’s not all sweetness as the things from the past creep back in to cast a shadow over the lives the characters are trying to make for themselves. I loved the fact that although Fee was quite a strong independent female without being overbearingly so. Christmas at Black Cherry Retreat is an easy read that has a fast enough pace and charm to keep you interested right to the end with characters you can easily warm to.
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About the Author
Angela grew up in Cornwall, England and returns frequently from her new home inNashville, Tennessee. A lifelong love of reading turned into a passion for writing contemporary romance and her novels are usually set in the many places she’s visited or lived on her extensive travels. After more than three decades of marriage to her American husband she’s a huge fan of transatlantic romance and always makes sure her characters get their own happy-ever-after. Over the last twelve years she’s been multi-published and sold over 25 novels. She also writes short stories for women’s magazines. She is a member of the RomanticNovelists’ Association, the Romance Writers of America and the Music CityRomance Writers.
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