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How steamy is it? Simmering

Publisher's Summary

Penny Meadows loves her home - a cozy cottage decorated with pretty twinkling fairy lights and stunning views over the town of White Cliff Bay. She also loves her job as an ice-carver, creating breathtaking sculptures. Yet her personal life seems frozen.

When Henry and daughter Daisy arrive at the cottage to rent the annex, Penny is determined to make them feel welcome. But while Daisy is friendly, Henry seems guarded.

As Penny gets to know Henry, she realizes there is more to him than meets the eye. And the connection between them is too strong to ignore.

While the spirit of the season sprinkles its magic over the seaside town and preparations for the ice sculpting competition and Christmas Eve ball are in full swing, can Penny melt the ice and allow love into her heart? And will this finally be the perfect Christmas she's been dreaming of?

Like a creamy hot chocolate with marshmallows, you won't want to put this deliciously heartwarming novel down.

©2015 Holly Martin (P)2016 Bookouture

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  • Sara
  • Hartwell, Gabon
  • 12-07-16

Unrealistic plot line

The narrator is really good. The characters are cute. But the whole book takes place within the span of a WEEK! first meet, then deep, life altering love within 7 days. Really?!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Laugh until you cry

At first, I didn't think much of the story with the scene when they met. Then, spilling all the sordid bits of their life story within hours of meeting. It is as much a story of a nice, gossipy small town that pulls together when it needs to. there were a couple of howlingly funny scenes where I laughed until I nearly cried: penny explaining the sex noises from her room to 16 year old Daisy, trying to have sex in the car, and the crime report for the town. Penny also did a great job in telling Daisy why not to rush into sex, but also providing her with condoms.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
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Best Feel Good Book

I throughly loved this book! I normally don’t read romance or anything remotely close. But from the beginning I could not stop listening!

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so love this book!!!!!

love it this book one of the best so far dont let your kids be in the same room with some parts tho lol cant wait to read the next one

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Heartwarming, perfect Gentle read

Wonderful book to read when you want something relaxing, positive and happy. Nothing tragic or dark in it, so it’s the perfect thing to read when you need something soothing and cheering.

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sweet story

Love this sweet story. You will like it too. Would like more like it. l like Christmas related stories

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5 star book & great narration

The plot was somewhat predictable but several good unexpected twists. Very satisfying and enjoyable. Kept my interest and sparked my imagination.

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Great Romance

Easy listening to a great 💘 love story told so beautifully. Definitely recommend it to any age.

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Not a Christmas story . . .

The only thing that makes CHRISTMAS AT LILAC COTTAGE a Christmas story is that it was set during the Christmas season. Otherwise it's a romance. I typically do not read this type of book, but was desperate for some Christmas spirit. I was sad it didn't help with my lack of festivity and excitement about the holiday. It was an okay story. I found that I have thought about the storyline a few times since I read it a few months ago, so maybe it was better than I first believed??? Anyhow-- the bottom line is:
-Romance
-Slow
-Performed better than written
-Edited very well
-NOT a Christmas story

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A lovely Christmas romance

A story that is delightfully pure escapism into a small English village. Already bought the next book in the trilogy. The plot is simple enough(boy meets girl who is socially awkward and doesn't know how attractive she is), however it is the atmosphere of an English village around Christmas time that makes this a truly enjoyable read. Solid 4 stars.

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  • Sunshine Sally
  • 04-03-17

Delightful

A slow start but delicately funny. I liked the constant twists and guessing. Holly writes with great description that it plays wonderfully on the brain with my imagination. It's a story to relate to with messages so real. I loved it.

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  • clare7847
  • 12-09-17

Lacked substance

I love a fluffy Christmas book but this one lacked substance for me. A bit boring unfortunately.

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  • Rachel Butcher
  • 12-06-17

Terrible

Terrible, terrible narration, intonation and accents. Couldn't get past chapter 2, so don't even know if story is any good. Make sure you listen to trial before committing to purchase. BIG mistake!

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  • Sarah Davey
  • 11-23-17

Amazing Story

Loved This! Feeling all Festive Now! Highly recommend this book if you love a good bit of chick fiction

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-24-17

loved the book

enjoyed all of the book. amazing how someone can write a book with a few characters and make a story...the narrator was very good in adapting each moment of of the books character including the funny areas....a very enjoyable book from beginning to end

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  • Richard William Mitchell
  • 12-18-16

Weak

What would have made Christmas at Lilac Cottage better?

A strong story & less repetitive writing style. The characters were weak & very irritating. It's a shame because the setting was magical and the general idea was good but just not what I was expecting.

Would you ever listen to anything by Holly Martin again?

No

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Terrible accents in places & the voices of the characters were generally weak. Sorry but I just didn't enjoy the narrator.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment.

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  • LJ
  • 11-19-16

Awful narration ruins a passable story

Didn't get to finish as the narration was annoying, the accents were terrible and were not consistent to the characters.
Story predictable .

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • suet
  • 03-30-17

Lovely story

Loved the story but hated the narration. Ended up reading the, book instead of listening. For some unknown reason the narrator changed the accent of the hero and his daughter after a few chapter's when the became Cockney geezers. This wasn't evident in the book which makes me wonder why she did it?

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  • E.L.M.INGRAM
  • 12-19-16

Good story but a slow start

Took a while to get into it but thoroughly enjoyed it by the end

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  • Hanna
  • 12-07-16

Easy listening

Predictable chick lit, easy listening for the festive period. Love something to listen to while getting jobs done or going to sleep and it's perfect for dipping in and out of.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-05-17

a nice light read

it was a nice little story but a bit predictable. I would not read it again