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The Christmas Cottage

Narrated by: Stephanie Willis
Series: Christmas Cottage, Book 1
Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
Categories: Romance
4 out of 5 stars (194 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Any couple who spends the night in the Christmas cottage shall have love everlasting....

Lacey Quinn did not believe in happily ever after or the legend of the Christmas cottage. As maid of honor for her best friend, Ava, her duties included decorating the cottage for the newlyweds. It was a simple enough task, but she hadn't counted on sexy Ean Callahan, the bride-to-be's brother, assisting her. Spending the evening ensconced in the overly romantic setting while a blizzard howls outside has Lacey wondering if fairy tales really do come true....

©2012 Samantha Chase (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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  • Trish R.
  • JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States
  • 12-09-17

Bad book and bad narration..


OK, I read The Bramble House Christmas then watched the Hallmark movie made from the book. Needless to say the book was much better. Now, I’ve read this one and can only hope that the movie is better than the book was. The book was just 167 pages of fluff.

Lacey had been in love with Ean since she was 14 and he was 18. She kissed him and told him that she loved him and he pretty much asked her if she was crazy, that she was just a kid. So, she ran out and didn’t see him again for 12 years.

They met again at the Christmas Cottage and fell in love. That’s about it.

There were a few kisses and the bedrooms scenes were fade-to-black.

As to the narration: Stephanie Willis was okay with the female voices, which you’d expect, and her emotions were good BUT her voice for Ean totally sucked. She really needs to take some lessons from some of wonderful female narrators that are out there and learn to deepen her voice. Until she gets better I do not want to listen to her again. Sorry.

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Meh

The whole premise is a little too unbelievable, even for Christmas. But I was going along with the whole thing until ... [SPOILER ALERT - just in case you have a less-than-room-temperature IQ and don't figure out the ending by chapter 2] the wedding with no marriage license.

It's mostly just too, too precious.

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  • SIMARA
  • Bayamon, Puerto Rico
  • 11-12-17

Hallmark type Christmas Romance

I see this book becoming one of those sweet Christmas movies. It has the magic of romance and believing everything is possible. I must say this is a PG book with zero intimacy descriptions. Many things are left into our imagination but it does't take away from being a cute nice story to listen to. That said I found the character of Ava (the girl that was getting married) completely annoying and childish and that's the reason I won't continue the series. The ending took me by surprise. I wasn't expecting it so that was a bonus. Just let yourself go into the story and enjoy it without overthinking.

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If you love Hallmark Movies...

You will love this book! It's an easy listen and will make you smile and laugh. I purchased Book 2 and cannot wait to listen to the story continue.

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  • Denise
  • Stamford, CT United States
  • 10-27-16

Love can happen when you least expect it!

The Christmas Cottage was a really enjoyable story about two people that were family friends who find love again while preparing a cottage for Ian's sister. Things will start to heat up between Lacey and Ian. Will it be enough to stay together and realize it's true love? The audio and narration was very well done.

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Fairly simple story, but cute

This was an okay Christmas romance. It was predictable, but had cute moments and it was an easy listen.
Lacey has liked her best friend's older brother Ian since she was a teenager. She told him how she felt and was shut down. Since then, she's avoided him like the plague, but when her friend gets married, she has to face Ian again. I had hoped the part where Lacey and Ian were trapped together in the cottage would last longer, I like that plot line. Lacey's friend was kind of annoying, she was rude to Lacey when she found out she liked Ian and then was wishy washy about getting married.
Overall it was kind of sweet and the narrator did a fine job.

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  • Jan
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • 01-27-19

The Christmas Cottage

The Christmas Cottage. Thought this written by Samantha would be good. It was terrible the narrator was awful she sounded like a twelve year old. The storyline was pathetic skipped through most of it. Don't waste your time.

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Brat

The character Ava was such a brat my eyes are exhausted from rolling them so much!

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Cute setting, predictable, annoying

Predictable but okay for a Christmas setting story. But the best friend ,Ava, is so annoying and self-centered. It ruined the book. I turned it off multiple times. I did finally get through it thanks to the narrator. She did a good job.

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  • JJ
  • 12-07-18

Good Story

I don't like the whiny little sister role of Ava. She's just too whiny and wrapped up in herself. It's good that she wasn't the main character. Sometimes the voices were too "little girl" sounding for grown women, but all in all the story was pretty good