Is it just me, or have the Christmas-themed books been better than ever this year? The season did pass me by a little last year with everything else I had going on, so I do hope you’ll forgive me the profusion of covers featuring snow, Christmas trees and sparkle over the last couple of months. And how’s this for a gorgeous cover? It’s far too long since I read one of Kathryn Freeman’s books, and I’m really delighted to share my review of A Little Christmas Faith – published on all e-book platforms by Choc Lit on 24th October – for my stop on the blog tour.
Is it time to love Christmas again?
Faith Watkins loves Christmas, which is why she’s thrilled that her new hotel in the Lake District will be open in time for the festive season. And Faith has gone all out; huge Christmas tree, fairy lights, an entire family of decorative reindeer. Now all she needs are the guests…
But what she didn’t bank on was her first paying customer being someone like Adam Hunter. Rugged, powerfully built and with a deep sadness in his eyes, Adam is a man that Faith is immediately drawn to – but unfortunately he also has an intense hatred of all things Christmassy.
As the countdown to the big day begins, Faith can’t seem to keep away from her mysterious guest, but still finds herself with more questions than answers: just what happened to Adam Hunter? And why does he hate Christmas?
This book… I’m not going to hold back, it was just gorgeous! I read it in a single sitting on Saturday afternoon, and when I finally emerged at the other end my first thought was “that was just perfect”. If you made a list of all the elements that make Christmas what it is, you’ll find them all in this book (yes, even sprouts – but cooked rather nicely with pancetta!) – from the oversized tree and reindeer family in the hotel reception, the visit from a slightly reluctant Father Christmas, to the accidental putting together of a complete nativity scene on Christmas Day (so cleverly done!). It’s a story gives you a real inner glow – complete with a really heart-breaking back story that slowly emerges and the perfect developing love affair at its centre.
The characters are just beautifully drawn. Faith was my best friend from the very beginning, but I must give a special mention for Adam – a giant of a man who can allow a baby to fall asleep on his chest, still look ripped with a fluffy dog under each arm, and who has such a massive heart and capacity for love and caring. Every character is just beautifully drawn – including the lesser ones like Faith’s lovely parents, young Chloe on reception with her unfortunate customer service failings and lovely little story thread of her own, even the horrendous Mr Bannister, the Italian chefs and Gabriel the sheep farmer.
This is one of those warm cuddles of a book, and the writing is so smooth and effortless that it completely whisks you away into the Christmas world of the author’s creation. I so enjoyed this one… can you tell?
About the author
I was born in Wallingford but have spent most of my life living in a village outside Windsor. A former pharmacist, I’m now a medical writer who also loves to write romance. Some days a racing heart is a medical condition, others it’s the reaction to a hunky hero…
I’ve two teenage boys and a husband who asks every Valentine’s Day whether he has to bother buying a card again this year (yes, he does) so the romance in my life is all in my head. Then again, my husband’s unstinting support of my career change goes to prove that love isn’t always about hearts and flowers – and heroes can come in many disguises.