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**Blog Blitz** A Cotswold Christmas by Kate Hewitt @katehewitt1 @NeverlandBT @Jennymarston_xo

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Tule Publishing (17 Oct. 2016)

The blurb . . .

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 neighbour 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?

Get swept away by this poignant and heart-warming story, set in beautiful Wychwood-on-Lea, in the English Cotswolds. And look forward to four more books set in Willoughby Close, where everyday miracles and happily-ever-afters are guaranteed.

My thoughts . . .

This is a really sweet, Christmassy romance which I indulgently devoured (snuggled up, under the duvet while the rain poured down) in one sitting.

New Yorker Anna is running away from a relationship breakdown, she doesn’t want to spend Christmas with anyone, and where better to escape to than the English countryside? Things don’t quite go to plan and she is quite literally stranded in the middle of the Cotswolds. Then along comes Colin, her knight in shining armour, or, more to the point, her knight with a spare room and a black Labrador called Mollie.

As the two of them are thrown together, they start to realise that they are actually more alike than they first thought. However, they both have stories to tell and issues to deal with, can they overcome these and find the love that is right in front of their faces?

I really did enjoy this, it is not the normal type of book that I read, at all – my favourite reads have at least 3 dead bodies in – but it was good. Really good in fact!

The writing was great, I really liked the authors flare for detail, setting the scenes of the Cotswolds perfectly. With only Anna and Colin and a couple of other minor characters, there isn’t much to think about in this book, it isn’t challenging, it’s nice and easy and just perfect for getting lost in on a cold wintery day.

You can grab your copy over at Amazon UK

About the author . . .

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Kate is the USA Today-bestselling author of over 40 books of women’s fiction and romance. She is the author of the Hartley-by-the-Sea series, set in England’s Lake District and published by Penguin. She is also, under the name Katharine Swartz, the author of the Tales from Goswell books, a series of time-slip novels set in the village of Goswell. Other series include the Emigrants Trilogy, the Amherst Island Trilogy, and the Falling For The Freemans series.
She likes to read romance, mystery, the occasional straight historical and angsty women’s fiction; she particularly enjoys reading about well-drawn characters and avoids high-concept plots.
Having lived in both New York City and a tiny village on the windswept northwest coast of England, she now resides in the English Cotswolds with her husband, five children, and an overly affectionate Golden Retriever.

 

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