A Cosy Candlelit Christmas
All Isla wants for Christmas is to be left in peace, but in the Alps there’s potential for romance in every snowflake that falls… It’s the week before Christmas and Isla McCoy has just received an unexpected gift: a letter announcing she is due a life-changing inheritance, but only if she’s willing to make peace with the father who abandoned her. She has absolutely no intention of making amends, but who could resist an all-expenses-paid trip to the French resort of St Martin-de-Belleville? There she meets smooth-talking Justin and nerdy glaciologist Sebastian; two very different men, with two very different agendas. Torn between her head and her heart, Isla finds herself utterly lost in a winter wonderland of her own feelings. Surrounded by twinkling candles and roaring log-fires, Isla’s resolve finally begins to melt. But will she learn how to reconnect, not only with a whole new family, but with herself and her heart? A gorgeously heart-warming festive read to help spark a little romance in those long winter nights. Perfect for fans of Jane Linfoot, Debbie Johnson and Jenny Colgan. What readers are saying about Tilly Tennant: 'I adored this delightful story… I am already pining for more. A lovely heart-warming tale of new beginnings, new friends, new love. 5/5 stars.’ Krafti Reader 'I was hooked! Every chapter left me wanting to carry on reading. My housework and family have pretty much been neglected whilst I have read this!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars 'Tilly Tennant has an amazing gift for story-telling and I’m sure we’re going to see great things from her in the future.' Holly Martin ‘The book was a 5.5 star for me with an awesome plot, fabulous characters, lovely and vivid description. A perfect read for everyone who likes romance, chick-lit, woman's fiction or just fiction. I loved it and would recommend it to everyone.’ Read Day and Night, 5 stars 'What another absolute gem. A pleasure to read… Thank you for writing such a lovely, heart-warming story Tilly Tennant.’ StefLoz Book Reviews 'Wonderful characters which make you want to befriend them and a storyline which left me wanting more.’ The Reading Shed 'Observant, insightful, humorous, and heart squeezing. I adored her humour.' Books and Bindings 'Would I recommend it? Absolutely! I can’t wait to read her next book. If you love chick lit, you will LOVE Tilly Tennant.’ For the Love of Chick Lit

A Cosy Candlelit Christmas Details

TitleA Cosy Candlelit Christmas
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 26th, 2017
PublisherBookouture
Rating
GenreHoliday, Christmas, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit

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A Cosy Candlelit Christmas Review

  • Melindam
    January 1, 1970
    Netgalley Arc received by the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.4.5 stars rounded up. It could do with a bit more Christmas tinsel in general, but I found it a very compelling, substantial story with characterisation pointing well beyond the chick-lit genre. Isla McCoy, born of a Nigerian mother & Scottish father, has never had an easy life. Her parents' marriage broke up when she was 5 and her dad disappeared very early from her life. Her mum bought her up alone and made a lot of s Netgalley Arc received by the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.4.5 stars rounded up. It could do with a bit more Christmas tinsel in general, but I found it a very compelling, substantial story with characterisation pointing well beyond the chick-lit genre. Isla McCoy, born of a Nigerian mother & Scottish father, has never had an easy life. Her parents' marriage broke up when she was 5 and her dad disappeared very early from her life. Her mum bought her up alone and made a lot of sacrifices to do so. She never lets Isla forget this or the fact that her dad was a complete bastard who destroyed both their lives. Needless to say, this has had a strong impression on Isla's life in general and on her love life in particular. She is prickly, distrustful and keeps most people at arms' length.She just turned 29 and is studying for a psychology degree, when a solicitor's letter reaches her out of the blue: her recently deceased Scottish grandmother left her something in her will. The mysterious inheritance has certain conditions though, and if Isla wants to find out all about it, she needs to travel to the French Alps, where his father is now living with his wife and his two other children. Isla is unwilling to go at first -and her mother throws every obstacle that emotional blackmail can achieve in her way- but thinks the better of it. She decides that meeting her father may give some kind of closure to the small girl inside her who never gave up hope on having her daddy return to her. So she travels to St. Martin-de-Belleville to find that her inheritance is a chalet if she manages to mend fences and keep up some sort of amicable relationship with her father. While it costs her a lot of emotional struggle, she cannot distance herself from the charms of the place or the wish of knowing her dad better and find out why he abandoned her all those years ago.To complicate matter further, he meets hard-to-resist, handsome Justin -a relation of her father's wife- and Sebastian, a lovely, but awkward glaciologist. While I enjoyed A Very Vintage Christmas, the first book in this series, by author Tilly Tennant, it did not leave a lasting impression. This one, however, blew me away completely.Isla is such a wonderfully engaging character: she is fierce, passionate and yet logical, kind, though understandably finds it hard to let down her defenses. But most of all, she is loyal. Loyal to a mother, who -while she loves her daughter dearly- also foolishly and selfishly destroyed any hope for a proper relationship between father & daughter. And while Isla always knew -or suspected- deep down that her mum was to blame for having kept her & dad apart; still loves her, understands & accepts her and forgives all. This is wonderfully depicted throughout the book and had me in tears sometimes.The book deals as much with Isla & her father's relationship as with the romance. I also liked that once Isla sorts out her feelings, she does not shy away from confronting the man who tries to manipulate her.
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  • Meg Dean
    January 1, 1970
    All I will say is... there had better be another book SOON!!!!
  • Pippa Ainsworth
    January 1, 1970
    I first met Isla McCoy in her best friend Dodie's love story - A Very Vintage Christmas - and I was so keen to read the companion novel which would tell the other half of the two girls' Christmases. I was not disappointed.Isla is a mature student reading Psychology. She is of Nigerian/Scottish origins but the Nigerian half dominates as her Scottish father has been absent since she was a little girl and she was brought up by her single mother. The run up to Christmas sees a mysterious lawyer's le I first met Isla McCoy in her best friend Dodie's love story - A Very Vintage Christmas - and I was so keen to read the companion novel which would tell the other half of the two girls' Christmases. I was not disappointed.Isla is a mature student reading Psychology. She is of Nigerian/Scottish origins but the Nigerian half dominates as her Scottish father has been absent since she was a little girl and she was brought up by her single mother. The run up to Christmas sees a mysterious lawyer's letter which will challenge Isla to travel to the French Alps to meet her estranged father. She decides to make the journey and it will turn into one that becomes life changing.With two male romantic leads (I guarantee you'll root for one of them straight away) and a beautiful setting this alpine Christmas is a gorgeous read. I was utterly transported to the glaciers and mountains of the Alps and I loved that Sebastian was a glaciologist as I've always been fascinated by them (and studied them myself as part of my Geography degree). The cast of characters in this book sees some gems and it was great to meet them alongside Isla. She's a wonderful character and reacts to the situations she finds herself in in France in a very 'real' way. This is a wonderfully festive read which will make you want to book in for your own Alpine Christmas. It was really enjoyable.
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  • Karen Whittard
    January 1, 1970
    A cosy candlelit Christmas is book two in the Am unforgettable Christmas series. In this book we are sent to a wonderful idyllic Christmas scene in the Alps. All Isla wants for Christmas is to be left alone. But the Alps is the perfect setting for a romantic get away. With the snow heavy on the ground, snow flakes falling all around, open fires and Christmas lights all around. Isla has just received a letter. Detailing that she will be receiving a large inheritance which will change her life com A cosy candlelit Christmas is book two in the Am unforgettable Christmas series. In this book we are sent to a wonderful idyllic Christmas scene in the Alps. All Isla wants for Christmas is to be left alone. But the Alps is the perfect setting for a romantic get away. With the snow heavy on the ground, snow flakes falling all around, open fires and Christmas lights all around. Isla has just received a letter. Detailing that she will be receiving a large inheritance which will change her life completly. The only slight flaw in this otherwise exciting news. Is that it means that Isla will need to reconnect with her father who abandoned her when she was a child. Isla has no intention of forgiving her father but she couldn't resist an all expensive paid trip to he French Alps. With snowflakes falling all Isla meets Justin and Sebastian. Two extremely different men and Isla is torn between her head and her heart. This is a wonderful festive read. Full of new beginnings, second chances, now friends, now love and forgiveness. This is a lovely book filled with fabulous Christmas cheer. That chicklit and romance fans will adore.
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  • Nessa
    January 1, 1970
    I'm so very happy as I have now read both of Tilly's books in the 'An Unforgettable Christmas ' series, just like with book #1, I absolutely loved this book too, completely fell in love with it.I loved getting to know the main character Isla, seeing how she coped with everything that came her way, not only did she have to deal with her father whom she'd not seen in very many years but she also had two love interests to handle, not to mention being in country she's never been to before. That's a I'm so very happy as I have now read both of Tilly's books in the 'An Unforgettable Christmas ' series, just like with book #1, I absolutely loved this book too, completely fell in love with it.I loved getting to know the main character Isla, seeing how she coped with everything that came her way, not only did she have to deal with her father whom she'd not seen in very many years but she also had two love interests to handle, not to mention being in country she's never been to before. That's a lot to handle for one person.  It was a lovely heartfelt read, with lots of Christmas cosy moments thrown in, not to mention lots of snow. I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to the French Alps. The whole storyplot, the characters and everything about this book was all so very well written, which is no surprise as author Tilly never fails to deliver. Having read a few of her books to date, I can very much vouch for that. Just love her books.
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    I'm a sucker for Christmastime stories, so naturally I saw this and got excited. I have to say, I enjoyed this so much! You meet Isla and after hearing some of her back story, you can't help but have a lot of opinions. I was really looking forward to finding out how things would end up between her father and her. I couldn't wait to find out who she'd end up with. Even though she had a couple potential love interests, I was immediately against one even if he had a nice accent, so I was thrilled w I'm a sucker for Christmastime stories, so naturally I saw this and got excited. I have to say, I enjoyed this so much! You meet Isla and after hearing some of her back story, you can't help but have a lot of opinions. I was really looking forward to finding out how things would end up between her father and her. I couldn't wait to find out who she'd end up with. Even though she had a couple potential love interests, I was immediately against one even if he had a nice accent, so I was thrilled with who she chose. I wish there had been more to the story when she finished her holiday.
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  • Sammm
    January 1, 1970
    A digitized ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
  • Donna Maguire
    January 1, 1970
    Full review to follow for my day on the book blitz on 26th October 2017 :)
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