A Cosy Christmas in Cornwall by Jane Linfoot
Publication Date: October 19th 2019
Publisher: One More Chapter
Genre: Chick-Lit / Holiday read
A December to remember…
Christmas in a Cornish castle? Sign Ivy Starforth up! Hired to kit out the holiday rental as the world’s most Instagramable festive dreamland, there’s only one thing standing in the way of her hefty paycheque – the lord of the manor.
Bill Markham could give Scrooge a run for his money but Ivy is firmly #TeamChristmas…even if her handsome host seems to be doing everything he can to sabotage her staging. Maybe she shouldn’t have stumbled in on him starkers in the hot tub?
As the temperature outside cools, things inside the castle heat up. It’s been a long time since Ivy allowed herself to give in to temptation…surely one little kiss under the mistletoe won’t hurt?
*** Note: I received e-copy of this book via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to publisher and Rachel. ***
A Cozy Christmas in Cornwall was sweet and delicious Chick-Lit that revolved around Ivy and her very dramatic but cozy Christmas in a Cornish castle. It was about living life at fullest no matter how many times life throws you down, standing up and kicking the troubles in back, take control of life and move on; not to settle for something or someone that makes you unhappy and turn into something that you’re not comfortable with; about Christmas, a holiday of good thing and good luck; and of course romance.
Writing was amazing, smooth, and detailed. The setting was extra amazing. This was perfect Christmas read and I’m kicking myself for not reading it in December. But I love Christmas books I can read them any time of the year. Story was first person narrative in Ivy’s lovely and cheering voice.
It started with Ivy arriving at castle in Cornwall two days earlier her boss arrives. She was given a job by her best friend’s sister, Libby who rented castle for fortnight. Her job was to decorate castle for Christmas and make it Instagram worthy. But when she arrived last thing she was expecting was a hot and gorgeous Bill, the caretaker of castle, skinny dipping in hot tub. Moreover, she knew him and was day dreaming about him since they met 7 years ago. To make things even worse castle was nothing like advert Libby had seen. Clearly Bill duped them and he was so stingy with money he would make uncle scrooge look a lot better. Only thing that could save Ivy’s job and herself from Libby’s apoplectic wrath was take things in her hand and make castle worthy enough to Libby’s standard and her Instagram pictures. For that she needed to work with Bill who was being hard and uncooperative.
I was curious to see how Ivy was going to make castle beautiful and Christmassy, how she would bend Bill to her will, make him spend some money for decorations, and if she would let go her past and give herself and love a second chance.
Ivy was amazing character and I could feel her cheery and exuberant nature exuding out of kindle into atmosphere. Nobody could say how much broken and low she felt inside. It was terrible what she had gone though in past year. Even though what she felt, she lived for others and for Christmas. It was her nature but after what happened to her, it turned into her need. I loved how she came out of her grief and sadness and healed over this two week and the way she found peace and happiness in Christmas. But of course that didn’t come easily.
Bill/Will– Yup there was two name for same character, but I will call him Bill- was great in the story too. It was so easy to dislike him even with his good luck which were marred by that permanent scowl on his face. He wouldn’t spend a penny even though he tricked Libby by putting false advert and moreover he was putting so many rules for Ivy and other guests. But as Ivy took control over him and situation, I could see his different side. It was easy to guess something was wrong with this guy and when it was revealed, oh my, he was carrying so much burden and was drowning in sadness and heartache. That revelations was surprising turn. Totally unexpected and I felt so sorry for him. But Ivy star helped him gather his pieces, face his problems.
Both Bill and Ivy’s friendship was great. I enjoyed their banter, loved the way they found middle ground, put aside their differences and worked as perfect #TeamChristmas. I loved reading their slowly developing friendship and love. They both deserved happiness.
I loved Fliss (Ivy’s best friend) and Libby’s family. I must tell Miranda (their mother) was most amazing and attracted most attention. Theirs was quirky family and to top that quirkiness there was Twiglets (Libby’s friend Willow and her family). There were many characters and many kids but they were all introduced perfectly, I didn’t ever confused with who was who and I loved their characteristics. Each were different from other and had their own problems. At first I thought I wouldn’t want to spend Christmas with these lot but they all developed as Christmas arrived.
There was so much drama and hilarious moments. Falling with Christmas needles poking in face, ghostly orgasm, donkey dung shower, grumpy and wailing kids who refused to enjoy Wi-Fi-less Christmas, breakfast baking wars between Bill and Milo and some more… It was fun to read all disasters and amazing to see how much Ivy worked to make things better and Christmas a cheerful time.
Food alert- this book made me craving for cakes and pastries and whatever is called baked and sweet. I really wondered how characters could eat so many delicious baked sweets every day. Even I got imaginary diabetes and extra fats after reading this.
After many hilarious and some sad turns finally mistletoe and Christmas waved its magical charm on all the characters and they all found their happy ending. I felt the story was a bit slow but it was not a big issue for me and Ivy Star needs all stars.
Overall, it was sweet, lovely, entertaining and cozy chick-lit that I highly recommend.
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