Author: Trisha Ashley
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Christmas has always been a sad time for young widow Holly Brown, so when she's asked to look after a remote house on the Lancashire moors, the opportunity to hide herself away is irresistible -- the perfect excuse to forget about the festivities.
Sculptor, Jude Martland, is determined that this year there will be no Christmas after his brother runs off with his fiancee and he is keen to avoid the family home. However, he will have to return by the twelfth night of the festivities, when the hamlet of Little Mumming hold their historic festivities and all of his family are required to attend.
Meanwhile, Holly is finding that if she wants to avoid Christmas, she has come to the wrong place. When Jude unexpectedly returns on Christmas Eve he is far from delighted to discover that Holly seems to be holding the very family party he had hoped to avoid.
Suddenly, the blizzards come out of nowhere and the whole village is snowed in. With no escape, Holly and Jude get much more than they bargained for -- it looks like the twelve days of Christmas are going to be very interesting indeed!
My Thoughts on the Book:
There was a bit of an adjustment for me as I'm American and this is a very English story. Still I found it fascinating and enchanting and one of the best Christmas time romances I've come across in a long time.
Holly doesn't celebrate Christmas due in part to her upbringing and tragedy but she's rather forced into it when her housesitting job turns into a gathering for the family of the man who's house she is watching.
Holly is a smart and kind person who you feel the desire to hope for her happy ending.
Jude is a bit rough around the edges but it becomes clear quite soon that he like provoking Holly just to see what happens.
My favorite thing about this story is that half of it is just Holly getting to know Jude's family and pets before he even appears. Then it is all cooking, celebrating and artistic endeavors than lead to two hearts finding what they've lost.
And to top that off, there is a bit of a mystery that links Holly's grandmother to Jude's family!
It is a brilliant story and one I highly recommend.
One of the best parts about this book is it is currently only $0.99 at Amazon in Kindle format so it is a great read for little money. Well, worth the purchase.