Snowflakes Over Holly Cove by Lucy Coleman
As the snowflakes start to fall, Holly Cove welcomes a new tenant to the beautiful old cottage on the beach...
For lifestyle magazine journalist Tia Armstrong, relationships, as well as Christmas, have lost all their magic. Yet Tia is up against a Christmas deadline for her latest article 'Love is, actually, all around...'
So, Tia heads to Holly Cove where the restorative sea air and rugged stranger, Nic, slowly but surely start mending her broken heart.
Tia didn't expect a white Christmas, and she certainly never dared dream that all her Christmas wishes might just come true...
Set in Caswell Bay on the stunningly beautiful Gower Coast, the cottage nestles amid the limestone cliffs and the woodlands, where the emotions run as turbulently as the wind-swept sea.
This story is chock-full of emotion and drama, along with the feel-good factor at the end. Tia is trying to get her life back on track and the tone of the book reflects the issues she faced and is still facing. Not a light-hearted read, this is more of a serious romance, with some quite heavy themes, but it was a delight to see the main characters work through their problems, even if they weren't all resolved.
I would say that this book isn't just for Christmas, as the majority of it takes place outside of the festive season, but the climax occurs at Christmas as does the resolution, so it was definitely hot chocolate and mince pies for the last few chapters.
The setting is glorious (I do love wild and windswept Wales) and the descriptions of the cottage and the surrounding area are lovely.
About the Author
From interior designer to author, Linn B. Halton - who also writes under the pen name of Lucy Coleman - says 'it's been a fantastic journey!' Linn is the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels - including Summer on the Italian Lakes, Snowflakes over Holly Cove, The French Adventure and A Cottage in the Country. She is represented by Sara Keane of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency. When she's not writing, or spending time with the family, she's either upcycling furniture or working in the garden. Linn won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award; her novels have been short-listed in the UK's Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards. Living in Coed Duon in the Welsh Valleys with her 'rock', Lawrence, and gorgeous Bengal cat Ziggy, she freely admits she's an eternal romantic. Linn is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and the SoA. Linn writes feel-good, uplifting novels about life, love and relationships. Visit Linn & Lucy's website at: http://linnbhalton.co.uk/