25 Oct Christmas at the Snow Covered Inn by Lucy Coleman
Cross the Atlantic for this festive tale
So far this festive season (yes it starts in October for Christmas book lovers like me) I’ve been to Canada with Jo Thomas and Norfolk with Sue Moorcroft.
Where would Lucy Coleman take me, I wondered, as I delved into the covers of Christmas at the Snow Covered Inn?
It starts with a plane journey, so we are definitely going abroad, in the company of businessman Hayden Reynolds and interior designer Ria Porter, whom he has hired to refresh and update the family’s ailing hospitality business in – New Hampshire!
Yes, we’re crossing the Atlantic to the USA, and guaranteed a white Christmas, at the very least.
Should they mix business with pleasure?
Hayden and Ria have never met but get along well from the first. However, when they get to The Inn on the River, it becomes clear all is not well with Hayden’s parents’ relationship. Mason, American-born, wants to keep the inn as old-fashioned as his father and grandfather before him did. Eve recognises it needs a refresh if they are to make it successful once more.
As Hayden and Ria set to work, their own relationship develops. But is it wise to mix business with pleasure? Especially when they’re both dealing with the fallout of failed past relationships?
This story had all the ingredients needed for a cracking Christmas read. Thwarted romance and family conflict simmer beneath a blanket of all things festive keeps the reader engrossed, even as they’re enjoying Christmas fairs, seasonal retreats to romantic snow-covered cabins, the decoration of halls that have seen better days – it is all there.
I felt Hayden and Ria’s story took some time to get going – there was so much emphasis on Mason and Eve’s challenges, that their son and his potential love interest fell into the background. I’d have liked to see a little more sexual tension between them in the first part of the story.
But once it does explode, it does it with panache – right down to shooting stars in the starry sky above the frozen winter wonderland, and it is worth waiting for.
Christmas at the Snow Covered Inn is published by EmblaBooks
About the Author
Lucy Coleman always knew that one day she would write, but first life took her on a wonderful journey of self-discovery for which she is very grateful. Family life and two very diverse careers later she now spends most days glued to a keyboard, which she refers to as her personal quality time.
‘It’s only when you know who you are that you truly understand what makes you happy – and writing about love, life and relationships makes me leap out of bed every morning!’
If she isn’t online she’s either playing with the kids, whose imaginations seem to know no bounds, or painting something. As a serial house mover together with her lovely husband, there is always a new challenge to keep her occupied!
Thanks to Tracy of Compulsive Readers for inviting me along on this tour, and to publishers EmblaBooks for an advance copy of this book. Catch up with the rest of the blogtour through the links on the poster.
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