Sep 11, 2020

Christmas at Lock Keeper's Cottage by Lucy Coleman

Christmas at Lock Keeper's Cottage
by Lucy Coleman
Release date: September 3rd, 2020
Boldwood Books
Tour Host: Rachel's Random Resources
Source: ARC provided by the publisher

Join us for Christmas in the Cotswolds in this perfect festive escape, from the bestselling Lucy Coleman.
Imogen Tolliman never knew her mother. And when an accident robs Immi of her father too, she goes to live with her grandfather, Tollie, in his picturesque lock-keeper’s cottage by the Aysbury marina. 
Tollie is the star of the Santa Ahoy Special each Christmas – a festive boat ride along the canal that enthralls both children and adults alike. And as Immi grows up, she starts to appreciate the magical community she is lucky enough to live in. 
When Immi meets Gray Adams, she instantly realizes he’s someone special. And as their relationship gets serious, they start to plan for the Christmas to beat all Christmases.  
But as the day approaches, and the romantic snow showers turn into blizzards, their dream of a Christmas to remember, looks set to be one they’ll never forget - for all the wrong reasons. Can they salvage the festivities, or will old secrets that are finally uncovered turn Immi’s life upside down forever?
Let Lucy Coleman transport you away to a dreamy Cotswolds Christmas full of snowflakes and secrets, log fires, mistletoe, friends, and much-loved traditions. Perfect for all fans of Trisha Ashley, Holly Martin, and Sue Moorcroft.

*ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review*

I have to be totally honest, I do love Christmas books from around mid-august, as it's still steaming hot here in America and this Brit can't handle the heat, so when I saw the story Christmas at Lock Keeper's Cottage I knew I needed to read it, as it combines two of my favorite things! My love of Christmas and my unhealthy obsession with anything narrowboats and life on the canals! As my husband can attest too with the amount of YouTube Narrowboat vloggers I follow, but I digress. 

I jumped in with both feet knowing I would have strong feelings about this book and I did...I loved it! The story of Immi really connected with me, I understood her feeling alone in a room full of people, the loneliness and anger when a parent is absent from her life, and not wanting to become attached when so many had let her down so many times, but Grey, Immi's boyfriend gives her hope that things can change. 

The Community around the cottages, the narrowboat, and marina is everything I see on the vlogs, I really enjoyed how the author wrote about the community spirit, the community fundraising, and give back is everything I would come to expect from my fellow Brits. 

But wow! What an ending, it really shocked me, it was nothing like I was expecting, but it feels like this is not going to be the only book, but the start of the new series, at least I hope there is. I personally found the book well written, though a little slow in some parts. 

I give Christmas at Lock Keeper's Cottage 4 stars

Lucy Coleman is a #1 bestselling romance writer, whose recent novels include Snowflakes over Holly Cove. She also writes under the name Linn B. Halton. She won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award and lives in the Welsh Valleys.

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