Today is my first Christmas review and I am so happy that it is Christmas on Lily Pond Lane by Emily Harvale. I have been closely following the Lily Pond Lane series and enjoyed every one, so it’s lovely to spend some festive time with Mia and her friends.
Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite to the tour and providing a copy, which I have reviewed honestly.
Christmas on Lily Pond Lane
Snow is falling in Little Pondale, lights are twinkling and the smell of pine trees and roasting chestnuts fills the air …
But Mia Ward is in a bit of a jam. She’d planned to rent out Corner Cottage for Christmas but thanks to best friend, Ella Swann, it’s double-booked. Now Mia’s got to let one ‘party’ down, or find another cottage – fast.
Best friends and single mums, Cathy Cole and Christy Franks want their kids to have an old-fashioned Christmas. Ice-skating, carol singing, making decorations, and tobogganing are on their list of festive fun and Little Pondale is the perfect place. Especially as it has no mobile phone reception. That will make it harder for Cathy to be found.
City banker, Leo Hardman is wondering if renting a cottage for Christmas as an anniversary surprise for his parents, was such a good idea. Little Pondale may be where his parents met, but his mum doesn’t seem pleased to be back, and his brother, Hal isn’t happy that the village is so tiny and only has one pub.
Meanwhile, Jenny Lake is settling in at her cousin’s bakery, having left her (broken) heart in Florence, but Christmas was never her favourite time of year. And Reverend Glen Fox has taken over at St Michael and All Angels. He’s glad it’s a temporary post because village life is not for him.
But luckily, for locals and visitors alike, there’s a sleigh-load of Christmas magic heading for Lily Pond Lane; enough to put a sparkle in everyone’s festive season. Although Christmas may not go quite as each of them has planned.
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Having read and thoroughly enjoyed all the other books in the Lily Pond Lane series, I couldn’t wait to jump into the latest, Christmas edition. I think this one is definitely my favourite cover with all the thatched cottages covered in snow and the lily pond transformed into a skating rink.
The main character Mia is now thoroughly loved up (I won’t say who with, in case you are still reading the other books) and best friend Ella also has a Christmas twinkle in her eye. They are making preparations for the festive season which includes festooning the village with snowmen,reindeers, and candy stick lights.
This time we have a new vicar who has his eye on Jenny, the owner of the village bakery and Mia takes it upon herself to do some serious matchmaking. The descriptions of the mouthwatering bakes gave me a serious craving for cinnamon swirls not to mention all the other delicious festive bakes.
Christmas at Lily Pond Lane contains all the elements we have learned to expect from Emily Harvale’s novels. Beautifully written as always, the characters have become like old friends and the story is heartwarming and full to the brim with Christmas spirit.
Author Bio –
Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now spends her days writing… and chatting on social media. Emily is a Member of the SoA, a PAN member of the RWA and a Pro Member of ALLi. She’s an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. Emily loves writing and her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.
Emily says, “I write about friendship, family and falling in love. I believe in happing endings.” When she isn’t writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid both.