Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Snowflakes on Silver Cove by Holly Martin

Libby Joseph is famous for her romantic Christmas stories. 

Every December, readers devour her books of falling in love against the magical backdrop of the Christmas season. If only Libby believed in the magic herself… 

Struggling to finish her current novel, Libby turns to her best friend and neighbour George Donaldson to cheer her up. But George also needs a bit of support himself. Nervous about getting back into the dating saddle after splitting from his wife, he and Libby strike a deal. She will teach George how to win over the ladies, and Libby will in turn be inspired to inject her novel with a good dose of romance. 

As Libby and George explore the beautiful White Cliff Bay on a series of romantic Christmas-themed dates, Libby finds herself having more fun than she’s had in ages and…discovers feelings that she never knew she had for George. 

But is it too late? Will George win someone else’s heart or can Libby act like the heroine in one of her stories and reach for her own love under the mistletoe this Christmas? 

Snuggle up with a piece of Christmas cake and mulled wine, and spend the festive season at White Cliff Bay. You won’t want to leave! Christmas at Lilac Cottage also out now. 

I would like to thank Bookouture for auto approving me to read this book on NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

When i opened the first pages to this book I couldn't help but laugh at how this books starts, let me just say it is an unusual way to begin a story.  Also unusually the story is set around two couples in Libby and George  and Amy and Seb.  

Libby and George are the main characters and their friendship.  I liked both Libby and George, although somethimes I wanted to bang their heads together so that they would see what everyone else was able to see and that was how right for each other they are.

The characters I liked the most were Amy and Seb, their relationship was much more complicated and I couldn't help but laugh at the scrapes Amy got into and could easily see why Seb was in love with her.  I loved that she would help for charity and the things she did were hilarious.

The whole book has a fantastic Christmas feel and the underlying message of you should be with the person who loves you for the person you are not who they want you to be.  I also like that certain events crossed over from Holly's other Christmas story Christmas at Lilac Cottage.

Holly lives in sunny Bedfordshire in a house with round windows. She studied media at university which led to a very glitzy career as a hotel receptionist followed by a even more glamorous two years working in a bank. The moment that one of her colleagues received the much coveted carriage clock for fifteen years' service was the moment when she knew she had to escape. She quit her job and returned to university to train to be a teacher. Three years later, she emerged wide eyed and terrified that she now had responsibility for the development of thirty young minds. She taught for four years and then escaped the classroom to teach history workshops, dressing up as a Viking one day and an Egyptian High Priestess the next. But the long journeys around the UK and many hours sat on the M25 gave her a lot of time to plan out her stories and she now writes full time, doing what she loves.

Holly has been writing for 6 years. She was shortlisted for the New Talent Award at the Festival of Romance. Her short story won the Sunlounger competition and was published in the Sunlounger anthology. She won the Carina Valentine's competition at the Festival of Romance 2013 with her novel The Guestbook. She was shortlisted for Best Romantic Read, Best eBook and Innovation in Romantic Fiction at the Festival of Romance 2014.

Follow her on Twitter @hollymartin00

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