Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Review | Christmas Under A Cranberry Sky (A Town Called Christmas, #1) ~ Holly Martin

Christmas Under A Cranberry Sky -
A Town Called Christmas, Book 1
Holly Martin
September 2016
Rating 5/5


This year spend a wonderful Christmas on Juniper Island, where love can melt even the iciest of hearts… 

Piper Chesterfield lives a glamorous life travelling the world and reviewing the finest hotels. She calls nowhere home, she works alone and that’s how she likes it. For long ago Piper decided that to protect her heart she should lock it away. 

So when Piper’s next assignment brings her to the newly opened Stardust Lake Hotel for the festive season, the last person she expects to face is Gabe Whitaker, the man who broke her heart so completely she could never love again. 

But Piper isn’t the only one who has been frozen in time by heartbreak. Gabe hasn’t forgotten the golden-eyed girl who disappeared from his world without a trace. 

Now fate has reunited them on Juniper island, can the magic of Christmas heal old wounds? And can this enchanting town be the one place Piper can finally call home? 

Curl up with this gorgeously romantic tale and let the glistening snow and the roaring fires of Stardust Lake Hotel get you in the festive spirit this Christmas. 


Having fallen in love with last years festive books from Holly Martin, I was excited to see that she was writing a new series this winter, although I had my doubts that nothing could top the magical fiction that White Cliff Bay brought - but, how wrong was I? 
I started reading Christmas Under A Cranberry Sky and I did little else until I finished it - You know books are good when you complete them in one sitting!!

Christmas Under A Cranberry Sky tells the story of Piper and Gabe, whom were the absolute best of friends during their childhood and teen years.

However, we are quickly thrown into the current situation - Piper is a mystery reviewer for a magazine, giving her thoughts and views on hotels across the globe.
Her latest assignment is to check in to the newly refurbished Stardust Lake Hotel on Juniper Island.

Piper has been here once before.. with Gabe and his family, but what she doesn't expect to find and especially within the first half hour of her arrival, is that the new owner is Gabe himself.

Gabe,  the one person she has ever truly loved.

Gabe, the only man she's ever been with.

Gabe, the man who seemingly broke her heart snd she turned her back on twelve years ago.

Now of course I'm not going to divulge into the full details of why this pair haven't seen each other for so long - your simply going to have to pick the book up and read it for yourselves but what I will tell you is not as all as it seems and as the story progresses we can feel Pip and Gabe falling back in love with each other in the masterful way Holly creates her romantic stories. Only it's not quite as simple as just falling in love... not only do they both have trust issues, Pip is dealing with some nasty reminders of her past, and there is also Gabe's four year old daughter, Wren, to consider.

I honestly didn't think that Holly could top Penny and Henry's story in last years Christmas at Lilac Cottage but not only did I completely fall for Pip and Gabe, Christmas Under A Cranberry Sky felt like it had excelled to another level - Holly's writing gets better.

Christmas Under A Cranberry Sky had everything covered, from miss- understandings, friendship, love, lies and honesty. 

There were scenes that made me snort out loud, parts where I just wanted to tell them to get on with it and of course the romantic and family moments that make you want to sigh and go 'aww' too.
Throw in a Christmas market, snow, hot chocolate, igloos, the Northern Lights, a few steamy kisses plus a healthy dose of Frozen and you have yourself the perfect festive read.

I can't recommend reading Christmas Under A Cranberry Sky enough this winter- Holly has a wonderful way of transporting you to the fictional world where you are completely emerged like marshmallows on a got chocolate in to the characters and their lives.

Christmas romance at its absolute best - I can't wait for Christmas Under A Starlit Sky, which is book two in this gorgeous A Town Called Christmas series.

With thanks to Bookouture for supplying a review copy.

1 comment:

  1. Just finished the Guestbook (which I thoroughly enjoyed) must read her others as quick as I can so I can get to this.