As I am sure you’re aware of by now, I am a HUGE fan of Darcie Boleyn’s novels, so of course I jumped at the chance of being part of her latest blog tour for her new release; ‘Christmas at Conwenna Cove’, which was published by Canelo on the 9th October. I am delighted to be hosting today’s stop on the blog tour alongside a truly good blogging friend of mine; Rae Reads. Make sure you check out her blog post as well. Today for my post I am honoured to be sharing my review with you all. Huge thanks to Ellie Pilcher for inviting me on this blog tour!
A heartwarming, romantic and Christmassy novel set in the gorgeous Cornish village of Conwenna Cove.
When Grace Phillips travels to Conwenna Cove to help her parents move there 30 years after their honeymoon in the village, she sees why they fell in love with the place. The festive decorations, carols in the air and constant supply of delicious mince pies certainly make it hard to leave. Grace soon meets local vet Oli Davenport and initially finds him rude, but learning about his passion for animals and how much he cares for his two kids helps Grace to see a softer side to Oli.
It’s been two years since Oli lost his wife to cancer. Though he loves eleven-year-old Amy and five-year-old Tom more than anything it’s hard to be mum and dad. He has no interest in romance until he crosses paths with beautiful and kind-hearted Grace. The sparks fly but both Oli and Grace are holding onto fear about letting someone into their heart.
As the snow falls and Christmas wishes come true can Conwenna Cove work its magic and help Grace and Oli find the happiness they both deserve?
What does TWG think?
To be perfectly honest, I don’t think that there has ever been a Darcie Boleyn novel that I ended up not liking. Don’t get me wrong, I have liked some storylines more than others, but I still loved them regardless. With that in the back of my mind, I of course had my fingers crossed that ‘Christmas at Conwenna Cove’ would follow suit. The burning question is; did it?
If you’re already familiar with Darcie Boleyn’s novels, you’ll be well aware that this book sees us visit Conwenna Cove for the second time this year. Even though ‘Christmas at Conwenna Cove’ is the second book in the series, it can be read as a standalone with absolutely no issues. However, my advice would be to still buy the first book; ‘Summer at Conwenna Cove’ anyway as it is a fantastic book. Win win really, eh?
Oli Davenport has fantastic bedside manner when it comes to his patients, but if you’re not moo-ing, baa-ing, meow-ing, squeak-ing, woof-ing, or anything similar, Oli Davenport probably wouldn’t be getting a gold star for his customer service skills anytime soon. Just like visitor to Conwenna Cove, Grace, finds out. If there was a winner for the rudest person in the village, THEN Oli would receive his gold star, but seeing as he continues to rub humans up the wrong way, he has more chance of ending up alone. However, what a lot of the newbies don’t realise, Oli Davenport hasn’t exactly had a smooth ride over the past few years. Not only did he lose his wife to cancer, his two children also lost their mum. Only the really mean-spirited people wouldn’t soften at that….right?
Just like Darcie Boleyn’s previous novels, I was pulled into the storyline almost straight away. It didn’t take me too long to get re-acquainted with Conwenna Cove either, even though we were meeting new faces. Conwenna Cove has held a special place in my heart after reading the first instalment and, once again, the beautiful setting and loveable characters made Conwenna Cove become one of my all-time favourite settings in a book. Hats off to the author for being able to bring that sparkle with her into ‘Christmas at Conwenna Cove’, absolutely flawlessly.
I don’t want to give anything about the storyline away (of course), but please do trust me when I say that this book needs to be put on your TBR without fail. Not only does the storyline contain festivities and excitement, it also contains heart-warming moments and eye-opening situations whilst also highlighting the true meaning of family, friendships and of course; Christmas.
Beautiful beyond belief, touching and absolutely perfect; Darcie Boleyn has done it once again! Full of memorable characters, sparkling situations and an endless supply of magic; ‘Christmas at Conwenna Cove’ is the perfect addition to anyone’s bookshelf, any time of the year. I wish I could read this book for the first time, every time. Absolutely fantastic.