Christmas is coming to Port Hewer and the hotel Penmarrow, where Maisie is suffering a case of the holiday blues far from home this year — until Gavin, a young American businessman staying at the hotel through Christmas, talks her into joining him as his partner in the hotel’s ice sculpting competition in a mutual pact to enjoy the holidays to the fullest.
Meanwhile, Maisie experiences the village Christmas season vicariously through Sidney, and continues writing her Poe-inspired story with only Sidney aware of her secret novel. She soon learns, however, that criticism and praise go hand in hand when he takes issue with her latest chapters, which puts pressure on their friendship, too.
But is that what’s really the issue between them? Because handsome Gavin has more than ice sculpting in mind when it comes to Maisie’s time, which comes as a surprise to no one who’s seen them together. As Maisie faces this sudden romantic dilemma, she realizes what she wants most in her life … and faces a question of what her heart wants most, too.
I will be honest, I really struggled to get into this book but when I did it gripped me and pulled me in. It is part of a series and I haven’t read the rest of the series which caused me issues and I think stopped me enjoying it as much as I could have done. It did however make me intrigued to read the rest of the series to find out about the background and the interaction between the characters.
I really enjoyed the setting, the scenery and the descriptions of Cornwall in the winter and I think this bolstered my enjoyment of the book and made me want to go there and spend time in the hotel!
There was however an ice sculpture competition which was great fun and learning about ice sculpting was great fun and possibly one of my favourite parts!
Maisie did have a dilemma of choosing between 2 different men and this was a strong theme throughout
Overall I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to those who have read the rest of the series and those who enjoy winter, the beach and the interaction between people in villages!
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Laura Briggs is the author of several feel-good romance reads, including the Top 100 Amazon UK seller ‘A Wedding in Cornwall’. She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, caring for her pets, gardening, and seeing the occasional movie or play.
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