Christmas at Bay Tree Cottage- Linn B. Halton   Leave a comment


Another one of the christmas novels from Netgalley. This one is the 2nd of Linn B. Halton’s cottage in the country series.

The author is one of Amazon’s UK Top 100 best-selling authors. Her book ‘Under The Stars’ becoming a best-selling novel in November 2016. Several of her novels have been short-listed in the UK’s Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards. Linn won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance award.

This book is a standard Christmas romance. Boy meets Girl, they feel a connection, but then both deny their feelings and put forward every excuse they can think of not to confront those feeling. They look as if they will get into a relationship with someone else until at the last minute they face up to their own feelings, and everything comes right in the end.

The book is written as a two person narrative, from the point of view of Elana and Luke. The chapters are headed by the name of the person narrating the chapter, in the ‘Game of Thrones’ style, which I felt was a mistake. It undermined any attempt to believe they could ever make a relationship with someone else. Just empty chapter headings would have worked much better.

Elana is a young widow, her husband having died in a car accident, leaving her with a 6 year old daughter, Maya, and a partially renovated house. After discovering her chimney is about to collapse, she calls in a builder, Luke, a young divorcee. They find they are good at listening to each others problems, and things progress inevitably from there.

The basic story was good. The characterisations of Elana and Luke were thorough and written with understanding and compassion. However, the peripheral characters, I felt, were very one-dimensional and not very convincing. It was my least favourite of my 5 christmas reads, leaving me feeling a bit cold at the end of it.

The final twist seemed to be set up in a hurry and wasn’t developed convincingly enough for me. A whole year was passed over and summed up quickly in short conversation. Far better to actually add a few chapters building the tension. But that is only my opinion. Still an Ok read.



Posted December 28, 2017 by dianne7 in book review

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