Title: A Cotswold Christmas
Series: Willoughby Close prequel
Author: Kate Hewitt
Genre: Contemporary Christmas Romance
Published: October 17, 2016
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4 stars
Welcome to Wychwood-on-Lea… a not-too-quaint village where frosty evenings, welcoming fires, and second chances will make this a Christmas you’ll never forget.
Anna Vere has escaped to the Cotswolds for Christmas to try to heal from her broken engagement and, far worse, her broken dreams. When her reserved room at a bed & breakfast is flooded, she takes up the offer of camping out in Willoughby Close, the converted stables of the nearby manor house… and is taken under the wing of sexy local carpenter Colin Heath.
What starts out as merely helping a neighbor in need turns into far more as Colin and Anna share a surprisingly intense and emotional connection, weaving their own Christmas magic as they spend the holiday together. But Anna has a secret she’s scared to reveal, something that could destroy the fragile bond they’ve just created, and Colin knows she’s only in England for a short time. Can these two sudden soul mates risk their hearts for a love that has yet to be tried and tested?
Read on for my thoughts on A Cotswold Christmas. No true spoilers, promise.
A Cotswold Christmas is a lovely introduction to the Willoughby Close series, which at this date has four additional stories to the series. While this is a short novella, it certainly packs a powerful emotional punch.
Life hasn’t worked out quite as Anna had dreamed. Now reeling from emotions that won’t stop pestering her, she’s decided to escape her life in New Your for a bit and travel to the quiet, lovely countryside in England. Almost immediately disaster strikes with a flooded room and nowhere to stay. Anna can’t seem to get a break.
However, the sweet owner of the Bed & Breakfast where she was supposed to have a quiet, charming Christmas does have a solution. Definitely not the holiday Anna had in mind, but one that could certainly work out well in the end.
Colin comes to her rescue with the offer of staying at the in process renovated building that will be rented out in the new year – for now, it’s empty and could be a very ‘back to the basics’ type of accommodations. It doesn’t hurt that Colin is also charming, a bit shy and simply a nice guy. What started out as a disaster soon begins to show signs of a possible romance as Anna and Colin move into friendship then perhaps desiring more. But they live on different continents, so how in the world could a romantic relationship possibly work? Not to mention the unspoken secret that Anna is keeping.
I found A Cotswold Christmas to be a charming, interesting story with believable characters and a quaint setting with a charm of it’s own. Taking a risk on love is always a challenge, but Anna and Colin face more than the average couple in this decision. Rarely do we find perfect in life, but for this couple fate and love work hand in hand. Completely enjoyed my time with these characters, and would not hesitate to recommend this story to any Romance reader, especially those who are addicted to Christmas Romance.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*
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