Today it is back to Mandie who has a blog tour review of Christmas at the Little Log Cabin by Helen J Rolfe. Thanks to the author for the advance review copy and to Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting us to join the tour. Here is what the book is about:
A snow-covered log cabin surrounded by Christmas trees brings plenty of surprises for Holly … do you believe in Christmas miracles?
Holly is looking for a change and even though not everyone agrees with her career choices, she’s determined there’s more to this life than the long hours she works as an editor in New York City. What she doesn’t expect is to meet Mitch, a recluse who’s hiding more than she realises.
Mitch spends his days hidden away in a little log cabin in the woods out in Inglenook Falls where he owns a Christmas tree farm. He speaks to people only when and if it’s necessary, so when Holly falls into his life, he’s not sure how to react. All he knows is that something needs to change if he ever wants to get his life back on track.
Along with friends Cleo and Darcy, Holly is determined to bring joy back to Mitch’s life, but will he appreciate their interference? And when a business proposition throws everything up in the air, will it do more harm than good and ruin lives forever?
Both Holly and Mitch must learn that on the surface people aren’t always what they seem…but if you dig a little deeper, they can take you by surprise.
Curl up this Christmas for plenty of snowflakes, roaring log fires, a marriage proposal, unlikely friendships and second chances as we return to the much-loved New York Ever After series.
Holly has given up her very well paid job to go freelance doing the things she loves most, taking photographs and writing stories. She is not sure she is doing the right thing but she has to try. On one of her first assignments she encountersMitch, a local resident who runs the local Christmas Tree Farm but likes to keep to himself. Mitch has managed to avoid the locals for a long time, only dealing with them when absolutely necessary and the last thing he wanted was to have to deal with someone snooping around his property.
I have to say that I really enjoyed reading about Holly and Mitch and how their friendship slowly developed. Holly is determined to helpMitch by trying to show him that people do care about him and that he is not alone. It’s not all plain sailing though, as Mitch fights her every step of the way. He is determined to remain alone, needing no one. Despite his gruff, unkempt exterior he really can’t help himself and you get to see his kinder side in the way he cares for Holly when she is injured and how he has befriended Jude, a young local lad who lived with his gran. As you learn about the events in his past that left him acting the way that he does you feel for him but at the same time hope that Holly can work her magic and get him to re-join civilisation.
The one person that I could have cheerfully thumped wasHolly’s career minded boyfriend. He didn’t seem to understand Hollys need to make a new career for herself and was constantly pushing her to return to the type of career she had just escaped. He also believed that if you threw enough money at a situation you could get what you wanted. I will admit to giving a little bit of a silent cheer when Holly called time on the relationship.
Christmas at the Little Log Cabin really is a true Christmas read that will leave you smiling at the end. The setting of the story is in itself charming and adds to the atmosphere of the book. This is the fourth book in the series but I can honestly say that if even if you have not read the first three books then you will still love this one as a standalone book.
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About the Author
Helen J Rolfe writes contemporary women’s fiction and enjoys weaving stories about family, friendship, secrets, and community. Characters often face challenges and must fight to overcome them, but above all, Helen’s stories always have a happy ending. Location is a big part of the adventure inHelen’s books and she enjoys setting stories in different cities and countries around the world. So far, locations have included Melbourne, Sydney, New York,Connecticut, Bath and the Cotswolds.
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