Snowflakes over Holly Cove by Lucy Coleman
Published: 18th September 2018
Available on Kindle
As the snowflakes start to fall, Holly Cove welcomes a new tenant to the beautiful old cottage on the beach...
For lifestyle magazine journalist Tia Armstrong, relationships, as well as Christmas, have lost all their magic. Yet Tia is up against a Christmas deadline for her latest article 'Love is, actually, all around...'
So, Tia heads to Holly Cove where the restorative sea air and rugged stranger, Nic, slowly but surely start mending her broken heart. Tia didn't expect a white Christmas, and she certainly never dared dream that all her Christmas wishes might just come true...
Set in Caswell Bay on the stunningly beautiful Gower Coast, the cottage nestles amid the limestone cliffs and the woodlands, where the emotions run as turbulently as the wind-swept sea.
As cosy as a marshmallow-topped mug of cocoa, fall in love with a heart-warming festive story from the bestselling author of The French Adventure.
I adored Lucy Coleman’s last novel The French Adventure, so knew it was in for another treat with Snowflakes over Holly Cove. How can not want to read this book with such a gorgeous cover which just evokes Christmas cosiness. I loved how despite being a Christmas novel this book could be read at any time of year as the story is spread over several months starting in springtime. The Christmas scenes were probably my favourites through.
After losing her mother, the person closest to her Tia is heartbroken and after a few weeks off work she’s unsure whether she’s ready to face life back in London as a lifestyle journalist. Her boss Claudia offers Tia the chance to spend three months in a quiet cottage in Holly Cove while she works on a report about what makes a good relationship. Being a topic Tia has little experience in she’s not thrilled at the idea but when she arrives at the cottage by the sea she feels safe and comfortable.
Some of the local residents welcome Tia with open arms like the loving and full of life Olwen who immediately takes Tia under her wing and explains life is Caswell Bay to her. Other residents are more reserved such as local taxi driver Nic and the lonely old man living on the beach Max. But as Tia gets to know these characters her warm and loving nature helps them to open up and tell her their troubles. The longer Tia stays in Holly Cove the easier her heartache becomes and its not just her own heartbreak that begins to mend.
I loved this book so much, its such a beautiful tale of heartbreak, forgiveness and learning to love again and I think Lucy Coleman has done a wonderful job with it. The plot moves along at a steady pace slowing over-covering more secrets about our characters and moves towards an emotional and quite dramatic finale.
Lucy Coleman’s writing really brings to life the sights and sounds of Caswell Bay and Holly Cove and its residents and I would love to have a stay in that gorgeous cottage myself. There is nothing I would change about this book and I’m really looking forward to what Lucy Coleman writes next.
Thank you to the publishers Aria for sending me a copy to review and for inviting me to be part of the blog tlour.
About the Author
Lucy lives in the Forest of Dean with her husband and Bengal cat, Ziggy. Her novels have been short-listed in the UK’s Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards. She won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction Award. When she’s not writing, Lucy can be found in the garden weeding or with a paint brush in her hand.