First of all I would like to apologise once again to Rachel Gilbey for the delay of this blog post, and thank you for being supportive. It might be a day late (having the flu sucks fyi), but I am thrilled to be sharing my review of Emily Harvale’s ‘Christmas Secrets in Snowflake Cove’ with you all today. Enjoy!
Christmas is a time for family and friends, miracles and magic, falling snow and roaring fires, fun, laughter and festive feasts. In Snowflake Cove, it’s also a time for secrets to be revealed…
Evie Starr is hoping for more than a sprinkling of magic this Christmas. The family-run Snowflake Inn is virtually empty and the Starr’s financial future isn’t looking bright. But Evie’s gran, Jessie has a secret that might help.Enigmatic, Zachary Thorn is every woman’s dream. He’s also ex-SAS, so his secrets are classified. The Christmas Special of his feel-good, TV show is set in Michaelmas Bay – until a phone call means he’s spending Christmas in nearby Snowflake Cove.Evie’s best friend, Juniper thinks boyfriend Darren has a secret. Evie knows he does. And Evie’s niece, Raven is hiding feelings for Juniper’s brother – who has a secret crush of his own.But the biggest secret in Snowflake Cove is the identity of Raven’s dad.
With snow falling thick and fast and secrets being revealed one after another, will everyone be snuggling up by the fire on Christmas Eve, or are some secrets best kept hidden…?
What does TWG think?
With only one month until Christmas Day, festivities and traditions are starting to appear amongst the throes of everyday life. If by chance you’re one of those people who ‘don’t do’ Christmas until advent, or consider yourself a Scrooge, then let’s be brutally honest – this book probably isn’t for you. Although, if there is a slight chance of you coming over to the bright side of Christmas city with a little gentle persuasion, then by all means grab that blanket, a cup of hot cocoa, and be prepared for Christmas to come to you…..in November.
The Starr’s family run business, Snowflake Inn, is in a little bit of trouble this Christmas. Financial burden is turning the festive season from jolly to stressful, especially given the fact that Snowflake Inn isn’t exactly bursting at the seams with paying guests. Yet. Evie’s gran, Jessie, seems to have a little trick up her sleeve but due to the breakdown in communication, for Evie to understand that trick, she has to dig herself a humongous hole and put her foot in her mouth at the same time. Figuratively speaking…obviously. Can you imagine?! We all know that Christmas is a time for bringing people closer together. Maybe the Starr’s may find themselves being the brightly shining star they so desperately need to follow after all?
I do like Christmas, however I struggle to get into the swing of things whilst there are still Halloween decorations covering the shelves in Tesco. Seeing Christmas in November is better, but I still approach with caution….ish. Well, that was until several Christmas books caught my eye and made me think that singing ‘Jingle Bells’ at the top of my voice, in November, was completely and utterly acceptable. Trust me – after reading Emily Harvale’s novel, you’ll be dusting off the Christmas cd’s quicker than you can sing ‘deck the halls’.
Evie’s gran, Jessie, had me in absolute hysterics. She was the type of character who wasn’t afraid to speak her mind, even if the circumstances would have preferred her to keep her mouth zipped. Jessie didn’t care and that’s what I loved about her. Well, she did care but she made her point known and didn’t care who knew about it. Her one liners were brilliant. Think of the gran from Catherine Tate and you have a likeness of Jessie!
For me, the overall premise of this novel was beautifully constructed, full of enough festivities to keep Mr and Mrs Claus content, and had the warmth just like fire on a cosy winters night. The only thing about this book I struggled with was the relationship/friendship between Evie and Zachary – I found it a little farfetched and a bit unbelievable, especially after such a short space of time. If the two characters had known each other a little bit longer than the storyline described, I would have gone with the flow and enjoyed their blossoming friendship. But, because it seemed to be crammed into such a short space of time, I couldn’t appreciate what was between the two of them as I didn’t believe it. However, on their own Evie and Zachary, were brilliant. Even when they were together in situations with other characters, just being themselves and not trying to find cupid, I warmed to them. It was just what extended from that. Of course that is my own personal opinion!
Apart from that, ‘Christmas Secrets in Snowflake Cove’ was a truly lovely and enjoyable read, perfect for getting anyone and everyone in the Christmas spirit. I even think a Scrooge may be convinced after reading this book!
Author Bio –
Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now spends her days writing… and chatting on social media. Emily is a Member of the SoA, a PAN member of the RWA and a Pro Member of ALLi. She’s an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. Emily loves writing and her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.
Emily says, “I write about friendship, family and falling in love. I believe in happy endings.” When she isn’t writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid both.