Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage
On a grey London day, Esme’s world crumbles around her when she loses her glitzy job on a top TV programme, her gorgeous, city-slicker boyfriend and her stunning apartment, all in one fell swoop just before Christmas.Esme is forced suddenly to move back to her sleepy home town of Sandchester, and despite the snow blanketing the roof and the fairy lights that twinkle in her rustic little cottage, everything is looking bleak. That is until she reconnects with an old crush and finds herself unexpectedly getting swept away.But Joe, handsome and charming as he is, is not all he seems. Esme soon realises that he has a tragic past which he just might not be able to overcome…Surrounded by her loving, if hare-brained, family and with the support of her hilarious friends, Esme is determined to have a go at forging her own path, even if it all comes to nothing. But one question still lingers in her mind: will she find someone to kiss under the mistletoe this Christmas?

Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage Details

TitleSnowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 11th, 2019
PublisherHQ Digital
ISBN-139780008302665
Rating
GenreRomance, Holiday, Christmas, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, European Literature, British Literature, Fiction

Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage Review

  • DJ Sakata
    January 1, 1970
    Favorite Quotes:It’s one thing to steal a recipe but another to steal a grandma. She probably doesn’t even have one anymore. I bet she devoured hers like a praying mantis.I bet I’m still in shock. At some point I’ll come out of it, realise what’s happened and walk to London to destroy Leo’s flat and put raw fish behind his radiators.‘What exactly are you doing there?’ asked Helena pointing at the screen. ‘I’m creaming the butter and sugar together till it’s li Favorite Quotes:It’s one thing to steal a recipe but another to steal a grandma. She probably doesn’t even have one anymore. I bet she devoured hers like a praying mantis.I bet I’m still in shock. At some point I’ll come out of it, realise what’s happened and walk to London to destroy Leo’s flat and put raw fish behind his radiators.‘What exactly are you doing there?’ asked Helena pointing at the screen. ‘I’m creaming the butter and sugar together till it’s light and fluffy.’ ‘Your boobs look like they’re having some kind of fight. You need a better bra before you go doing that again.’It is quite dark. We can see down your top, but not much else. They look like whoppers by the way so you’d probably get some followers but maybe not the type you want.‘What a callous idiot. If I lived near him I’d key his car and—’ ‘He doesn’t own a car, Mum. No one does in London.’ ‘Well then, I’d put itching powder in his underpants and cut the arms and legs off all his suits.’ Esme suppressed a smile.‘ Has Dad only stayed married to you all these years because he’s too scared to leave?’ ‘Probably.’ My Review:This was a fun and highly amusing read with storylines shot through with clever levity and delicious food taunts. I should be highly annoyed that Ms. Ginger has completely derailed my dieting efforts with her mouthwatering descriptions that I could almost smell and taste, what a brutal tease for a weak and starving woman trying to shed some excess tonnage. I said I should be annoyed, but I’m not as it was more than worth a few... oh all right… a lot of extra calorie consumption. The storylines were engaging, the characters were vibrant and quirky, and the writing was delightfully clever as well as giggle-snort and smirk-worthy. This was my maiden voyage with the lovely Ms. Ginger and I hope to sail with her every time she leaves the shore from now on. Don’t hate me but I don’t watch much reality television and required the services of Mr. Google to look up Bear Grylls, and he looks worthy of a bit more exploration… I also gleaned an addition to my Brit Word List with saddo – which is British slang for a socially inadequate or pathetic person; something the intrepid and adventurous Mr. Grylls certainly is not.
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  • Natalia Ramlal
    January 1, 1970
    Food technologist Esme Kendrick is forced to move back to her hometown after losing her job, boyfriend, and apartment all on the same day. With no money and no place to call her own, she feels like a complete failure. But Esme is determined to get back on her feet, and with the support of her friends and family, she decides to follow her dreams. I absolutely loved this book. It is a heartwarming, inspiring Christmas story about love, friendship, taking risks, and not letting the fear of failure Food technologist Esme Kendrick is forced to move back to her hometown after losing her job, boyfriend, and apartment all on the same day. With no money and no place to call her own, she feels like a complete failure. But Esme is determined to get back on her feet, and with the support of her friends and family, she decides to follow her dreams. I absolutely loved this book. It is a heartwarming, inspiring Christmas story about love, friendship, taking risks, and not letting the fear of failure keep you from following your dreams. The story is beautifully written and full of humor. Esme is a lovable and realistic character. I rooted for her, laughed with her as I followed along on her bumpy journey to making her food blog successful. Her love of food and baking rubbed off on me and made me want to cook some of her mouthwatering recipes. I loved how readers got to see snippets of her blog and all the sweet stories she shared about her grandmother. Esme's strong bond with her friends and family just added to the cozy, heartwarming feeling of the story. If you like a slow-burn romance then you will enjoy Esme and Joe's love story. I really loved the sweet, hopeful ending and was pleased to see that two certain characters got exactly what they deserved. I highly recommend this book to readers looking for a heartfelt, uplifting Christmas story. Thank you to NetGalley and HQ Digital for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Berit☀️✨
    January 1, 1970
    It's beginning to look a lot like ChristmasEverywhere you goTake a look at the five and ten, it's glistening once againWith candy canes and silver lanes that glow. A festive feel good story bursting with yuletide cheer and second chances. Katie ginger writes stories that will warm your heart and raise your spirits. This was an engaging second chance romance; humorous, magical, and charming. The perfect book to get you in the Christmas mood all wrapped up in a beauti It's beginning to look a lot like ChristmasEverywhere you goTake a look at the five and ten, it's glistening once againWith candy canes and silver lanes that glow. A festive feel good story bursting with yuletide cheer and second chances. Katie ginger writes stories that will warm your heart and raise your spirits. This was an engaging second chance romance; humorous, magical, and charming. The perfect book to get you in the Christmas mood all wrapped up in a beautiful festive cover with a bow on top! Esme has lost everything her job, her boyfriend, her apartment. So she makes the trip home to lick her wounds and regroup. Esme was such a likable character, you cannot help but route for the girl. The secondary characters were divine! I absolutely loved her parents so much fun especially her mom! I was seriously ready to pack my bags and head to Mistletoe Cottage! The charm, the whimsy, the food! My only very tiny complaint with the book was the love interest Joe, he was a little too brooding for me. I got a little frustrated with him throughout the book. Having said that I did like the slow burn romance and the ending was definitely satisfying and sweet! so cozy up with a warm blanket and a cup of hot chocolate and get yourself a copy of this festive fun story!This book in emojis: 🧝🏻‍♀️ ❄️ 🍪 ☕️ 🎁 *** Big thanks to HQ Digital for my copy of this book ***
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  • Dash fan
    January 1, 1970
    5☆ A Warm, Witty, Scrumptious Festive Romance!Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage is a heart warming festive read that was a delight to read.But I also want to take a moment to admire the book cover, it's so beautiful and sums up that magical winters day perfectly! It truly is picture perfect!Esme is really having a tough time. Not only is she overshadowed by a cooking star determined to steal her recipes, but when she finally pluck up the courage and stands up fo 5☆ A Warm, Witty, Scrumptious Festive Romance!Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage is a heart warming festive read that was a delight to read.But I also want to take a moment to admire the book cover, it's so beautiful and sums up that magical winters day perfectly! It truly is picture perfect!Esme is really having a tough time. Not only is she overshadowed by a cooking star determined to steal her recipes, but when she finally pluck up the courage and stands up for herself, she finds it's her that's on the chopping board!But things just get worse when her long term boyfriend Leo springs it on her that he no longer loves her.... all on the same day!Homeless, jobless and with no boyfriend, she has no choice but to return back to her hometown of Sandchester with her parents.It's here she re connects with her childhood friend Joe. But Joe has a wounded past, but together can they mend their scars and turn friendship into love?Things may just be starting to look up for Esme as she figures out what she wants to do next.Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage is a Story about picking yourself up and starting over, it's about Friendships, relationships, a journey of self discovery and love.This book is full of warmth, with a good dose of wit and humour and some scrumptious delights. The romance aspect is slow moving but absolutely perfect for the storyline.The Characters are Endearing and relatable. I loved watching Esme grow in confidence as she takes charge of her future!Yes this is a compelling and Festive Delight but it's also perfect for a cold winters night, just try not to read on an empty tummy! Thank you to Rachel Random Resources for this copy which I reviewed honestly and voluntarily.My Review is also on my Blog Website :-https://dashfan81.blogspot.com/2019/1...
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  • Carla Johnson-Hicks
    January 1, 1970
    Esme Kendrick is forced to move back to her small hometown of Sandchester after losing her job, boyfriend, and apartment all on the same day. She has no money, no home and no prospects and is feeling like a failure. She does not want to stay with her parents, so when they offered her some money to find a place of her own until she gets back on her feet, she jumps at the chance. She is determined to make a go of her life's work, and with the support of her friends and family, she decides to follo Esme Kendrick is forced to move back to her small hometown of Sandchester after losing her job, boyfriend, and apartment all on the same day. She has no money, no home and no prospects and is feeling like a failure. She does not want to stay with her parents, so when they offered her some money to find a place of her own until she gets back on her feet, she jumps at the chance. She is determined to make a go of her life's work, and with the support of her friends and family, she decides to follow her dreams and write the cookbook she has always wanted to get published. Of course, that does not happen right away and she has to get her name out there first. This brave young lady starts a blog, then vlogs and finally does some live broadcasts that had me in stitches.I absolutely loved this book. It is a heartwarming story about love, friendship, taking risks, not giving up and following your dream. I loved the characters, especially Esme and Joe. They were both hurting, the difference was that Esme did not want to hide, but Joe had been back for two years and had done nothing to move forward, he was hurting so badly. Esme is a lovable and realistic character. I wanted to be her friend, or at least follow her blog. She had me laughing several times as I rooted for her, to move forward along her bumpy path. Her love of cooking and baking spoke to me as I know it is not easy to find your passion. Joe was the handsome guy she remembered from high school, but he was so closed off, that she was not sure what to make of him. I felt so bad for this man who was so eaten up with guilt that he could not feel anything. Of course this is a romance, so you know that Esme will help him heal. Throw in Esme's somewhat crazy family, and her quirky friends and you have an amazing support group. The other story line is her ex-boyfriend Leo. As the story moves forward, Leo realizes what a mistake he has made and decides that he wants Esme back and is sure she will come back. Well, he is in for a surprise. The story is beautifully written and full of humor. If you like a slow developing romance then you will enjoy Esme and Joe's love story. I was glad that it wasn't instalove, but took time for them to realize how they felt and was still developing as the story ended. This story is set in winter around Christmas and the holidays are an important part of the story, but this is not just a Christmas story. I consider it a winter, romantic, holiday story. I highly recommend this book to readers looking for a heartfelt, uplifting winter romance. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
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  • Maria
    January 1, 1970
    - Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review -"Though Joe seemed kind and caring when he was with her, there was an impenetrable sadness about him, a weight he carried, and she wondered if it would ever lift." (quote from ARC)Great story and fully fleshed-out characters!An enthralling story with a captivating heroine and a hero drowning in sadness, “Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage”, by Katie Ginger (HQ Digital) has the added bonus of taking place - Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review -"Though Joe seemed kind and caring when he was with her, there was an impenetrable sadness about him, a weight he carried, and she wondered if it would ever lift." (quote from ARC)Great story and fully fleshed-out characters!An enthralling story with a captivating heroine and a hero drowning in sadness, “Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage”, by Katie Ginger (HQ Digital) has the added bonus of taking place in the “sleepy” town of Sandchester, UK, a beautiful setting so different from the regular American small town.Esme is a great heroine, super realistic, authentic as a character and with a fascinating honesty and decency as a person. Her passion and liveliness are contagious.I loved watching Joe wake up from his slumbering depression, being positively affected by Esmes’ often unaware attitudes of compassion and tenderness, slowly falling for her and recovering the zest for life.Esme’s receipes and Grandma’s Kitchen are also great, they made me want to try and cook them.There’s a lovely group of secondary characters (Esme’s mother, friends and sister). Juanita is a great character, too, I was hoping for more about her.A wonderful story, full of humor, about starting again, friendship, family and love and how teen relationships and experiences impact adult life and might lead to a HEA.
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  • Bibliomedico
    January 1, 1970
    Check Out the Full Review On My Blog : https://bibliomedico.wordpress.com/20...***************************** Thanks To Rachel At Rachel’s Random Resources For Giving Me The Opportunity To Be Part Of This Blog Tour . ***************************** Heartfelt, Sweet and inspiring story. Our Main character Esme lost everything at the same time, her job, boyfriend, and apartment. she is forced to go back to her home town and start from zero again.A story about a food blogger which Even though I know nothing about fooa/>/> Check Out the Full Review On My Blog : https://bibliomedico.wordpress.com/20...***************************** Thanks To Rachel At Rachel’s Random Resources For Giving Me The Opportunity To Be Part Of This Blog Tour . ***************************** Heartfelt, Sweet and inspiring story. Our Main character Esme lost everything at the same time, her job, boyfriend, and apartment. she is forced to go back to her home town and start from zero again.A story about a food blogger which Even though I know nothing about food 😛 except eating it, of course, :D, I could relate to so much. Esme’s character was so amazing, lovable, realistic and inspiring.This was a very cozy and warm book about family and friendships, about trust and unconditional love. Esme and Joe’s love story was the definition of ” Slow – Burn ” in it’s best form. I loved them together so much! The ending was perfect and satisfying, in my opinion, each one got what they deserved. Katie Ginger writing style is just so enjoyable and engaging, I’m going to check out all of her other books :D. Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage is a heart-warming, inspiring, romantic and completely worthy read. Highly recommended.
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  • Karen Whittard
    January 1, 1970
    Sleigh bells ring, are you listening, in the lane snow is glistening, a beautiful site, we’re happy tonight, walking in a winter wonderland. Take a stroll through the beautiful lanes around mistletoe cottage. Where you will meet some wonderful characters and have a journey filled with Christmas joy, magic and sparkle.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    I have a little confesssion to make. Okay yes yet another one. Although I have all three of Katie's books, I have only read two of them. The other one is on my 'to be read' mountain. Now I have reminded myself just how great an author Katie is, that remaining book will not be on that 'to be read' mountain for very much longer. I totally, utterly and absolutely ADORED reading 'Snowflakes At Mistletoe Cottage' but more about that in a bit.I couldn't help but take to the character off Esme fr I have a little confesssion to make. Okay yes yet another one. Although I have all three of Katie's books, I have only read two of them. The other one is on my 'to be read' mountain. Now I have reminded myself just how great an author Katie is, that remaining book will not be on that 'to be read' mountain for very much longer. I totally, utterly and absolutely ADORED reading 'Snowflakes At Mistletoe Cottage' but more about that in a bit.I couldn't help but take to the character off Esme from the first moment I met her. When the story starts she is employed on a cookery show as a food technologist. In other words she does all the prep work and actually cooks the food whilst the host of the show flutters her eyelashes and pretends to be the one doing all the work, which means that she gets all the credit. I couldn't help but feel irritated at the injustice of the whole thing. Esme does all the hard work and somebody else takes all the credit. Then to add insult into injury the host then 'pitches' a new dish which is a blatant rip off of a recipe that was handed down to Esme from her grandmother. There's a bit of argy bargy and Esme ends up resigning from her job. I was mentally cheering her on at that point. Reality sets in and Esme does worry about what she is going to do to bring the pennies in. Then just to add to the day from hell her boyfriend decides that that is the day when he is going to dump her and tells her to move out. It was at this point that I wanted to jump inside the pages of the book to give Esme a hug and supply her with medicinal chocolate whilst at the same time I wanted to slap the cookery show host with a wet fish a few dozen times and I definitely wanted to kick Esme's former boyfriend in a rather rude part of his anatomy two or three or four or even better five times. I think I had taken to Esme so well that I just wanted to protect her, reassure her and to try to cheer her up. Esme ends up going back to where she used to live and it's then that she comes into contact with the mysterious sounding Joe. Joe is handsome and charming but it's clear that he has suffered some trauma in his past although it isn't immediately clear as to what that trauma is. The trauma still deeply affects him and it isn't clear whether or not he will be able to overcome the past trauma. There's a definite spark between Esme and Joe and I was keeping everything crossed that they would get together, have a kiss under the mistletoe and go off skipping into the sunset together. Do they do exactly that? Well guess what I am not going to tell you so you are just going to have to read the book for yourselves to find out.It didn't take me long to get into this book at all. In fact by the time I got to the bottom of the first page, I knew that this was going to be one of those reads that would prove impossible to put down. I must be psychic because that is exactly what happened. I was so taken by the story, the lovely Esme and the author's writing style that I just couldn't bear to be parted from the book. The book wasn't exactly glued to my hand but it might as well have been because it travelled everywhere with me. The book had definitely developed a hold over me and it was a hold I wasn't going to break. I did try to ration how much I read in one go so I could prolong my enjoyment of the book but I was loving the book so much that my attempt at rationing was soon thrown out of the window. I binge read the book over the course of a day.'Snowflakes At Mistletoe Cottage' is brilliantly written but then I wouldn't expect anything else from Katie Ginger. She certainly knows how to grab your attention from the start and draw you into the story. Once she has your attention she will not let it go. Katie has created a brilliant character in Esme, who is a girl next door type and an all round good egg. Katie writes so realistically and uses such great descriptions that I really did feel as though I was part of the story myself. In fact I ended up wishing that I had friends like Esme has. They put me in mind of the sorts of friends that Bridget Jones has. In short, 'Snowflakes At Mistletoe Cottage' is an adorable story with an equally adorable lead character. Reading this book gave me a similar fuzzy warm feeling inside that felt like a hug from a mug and I was left with a smile on my face long after I finished the book and closed the back cover. I have only two complaints about the book. Firstly, that the book had to end and secondly all that talk of food made me feel hungry which isn't good when you are trying to lose weight. I would definitely recommend this delightful book to other readers. I can't wait to read more from Katie Ginger. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.
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  • Katiria
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book through Rachel's Random Resources Tour in exchange for an honest review, thank you so much to Rachel and HQ Digital for the opportunity to read and review Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage! ***Oh wow, I read Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage in one setting and I couldn't put this amazing book down. I so loved and enjoyed reading this book in one day. It was a really great and very refreshing to read a Christmas book after ready so many spooky and horror books this mo I received this book through Rachel's Random Resources Tour in exchange for an honest review, thank you so much to Rachel and HQ Digital for the opportunity to read and review Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage! ***Oh wow, I read Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage in one setting and I couldn't put this amazing book down. I so loved and enjoyed reading this book in one day. It was a really great and very refreshing to read a Christmas book after ready so many spooky and horror books this month of October. Plus Christmas time is my favorite holiday and I wanted to read this book when I joined the blog tour a couple of months ago. I totally and thoroughly loved and enjoyed everything about Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage it is about love, grief, broken hearts, life, friendship and the spirit of Christmas. Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage is the first book that I read by Katie Ginger but it won't be my last book that I will read by her. Her writing style flows beautifully and all her characters have so much sass and wit that I couldn't help but laugh out loud with some of the antics all the characters were doing in this book. I especially love the family dynamic and the amazing diverse friendship relationship that was represented in this amazing book. I just love and adore Esme family and friends all of them were so supportive and helping Esme to start a new life again in her hometown Sandchester after everything came falling apart for her in London. I was so rooted for her that everything comes out great for her at the end and she would finally get her happily ever after. Esme had some trouble at the beginning started her new life at her home town Sandchester but she kept on being positive even though she wanted to throw in the towel. But her sweet family and friends were always there for her and encouraging her to never give up on what she was doing. Especially the handsome Joe encouraging and helping her out in her new home he also gave her great advice as well. Now Esme was attracted to Joe when they both were in high school and she stills feels the attraction to Joe when she first saw him but she knew that he is not all he seems. But none the less Joe and Esme attraction grows each day when Joe helps Esme out and there love was a very slow born romance which I absolutely love and enjoyed reading in this book Esme know something bad happen to Joe after he broke up with his girlfriend three years ago but he never opens up or talks to anybody about his past relationship until he started to fall for Esme. But can Joe overcome his tragic past and be with Esme? You have to read Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage to find out what happens next to both Joe and Esme and will she find someone to kiss under the mistletoe this Christmas? All and all I love and adore Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage that I can't wait to read more books by Katie Ginger soon!
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    I have been eagerly awaiting this book and what a little gem it was.Esme thinks she has life under control and everything heading in the right direction unitl the rug is pulled from under her feet. After a horrendously bad day Esme is forced to reassess her life decisions and moves back home to her parents in Sandchester.I absolutely loved this book, it is a story full of hope, determination and at times desperation. Esme's antics will make you laugh throughout and leave I have been eagerly awaiting this book and what a little gem it was.Esme thinks she has life under control and everything heading in the right direction unitl the rug is pulled from under her feet. After a horrendously bad day Esme is forced to reassess her life decisions and moves back home to her parents in Sandchester.I absolutely loved this book, it is a story full of hope, determination and at times desperation. Esme's antics will make you laugh throughout and leave you craving home Chocolate cake. The descriptions are vivid and allow you to visualise her in the cosy kitchen in Mistletoe Cottage. Esme is a superb character brimming with personality who I would love to have as a friend, especially with her wonderful cooking skills. She is the friend everyone needs in their lives and her Mum is a full force of nature that will make you giggle. A book full of love and laughter that will make you feel all warm and fuzzy, leaving you feeling you have a lost a friend in Esme when you reach the end. I devoured this book and whilst reading it looked forward to picking it up to keep reading, even forsaking chasing Daisy to get ready for school as I was so keen to keep reading. 
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  • Donna Maguire
    January 1, 1970
    https://donnasbookblog.wordpress.com/...I am a massive fan of the different book covers that are released each Christmas and I have to say the moment this is my favourite by far – I love it, and it suits the book perfectly!I have read a few books by this author now and she never disappoints. She always has well developed characters, the perfect pace to the story and the best locations which she brings to life so well.I thought that this was a fabulous book and it will be one of my book highlights of th https://donnasbookblog.wordpress.com/...I am a massive fan of the different book covers that are released each Christmas and I have to say the moment this is my favourite by far – I love it, and it suits the book perfectly!I have read a few books by this author now and she never disappoints. She always has well developed characters, the perfect pace to the story and the best locations which she brings to life so well.I thought that this was a fabulous book and it will be one of my book highlights of the 2019 Christmas season (being a blogger and reviewer we tend to start a bit earlier than some) – it is 5 stars from me, no hesitation and I cannot recommend it highly enough – it is the perfect Christmas read!!
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  • Sandy Barker
    January 1, 1970
    I was fortunate to be an early reader of this beautifully written book. I feel in love with Esme, and loved being with her as she pieced her life back together. This is a scrumptious festive read, and Katie Ginger has proven again that she is the Queen of the slow-burn romance. Highly recommended.
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  • booksofallkinds
    January 1, 1970
    *I voluntarily reviewed this book via Netgalley.SNOWFLAKES AT MISTLETOE COTTAGE by Katie Ginger is funny, endearing, and with just the right amount of cosy, festive magic to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.Esme works as a food technician for a glitzy TV programme but when the presenter of the show steals Esme's cooking idea and presents it to their boss as their own, Esme refuses to let her get away with it and challenges her, which results in Esme losing her job. *I voluntarily reviewed this book via Netgalley.SNOWFLAKES AT MISTLETOE COTTAGE by Katie Ginger is funny, endearing, and with just the right amount of cosy, festive magic to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.Esme works as a food technician for a glitzy TV programme but when the presenter of the show steals Esme's cooking idea and presents it to their boss as their own, Esme refuses to let her get away with it and challenges her, which results in Esme losing her job. Well, at least she can sob into the arms of her long-term boyfriend Leo whom she suspects is going to propose this Christmas. But it turns out she can't, as he dumps her on the same day she gets fired and soon moves his new love interest into the flat. Homeless, jobless, and having lost some of her spark, Esme heads back home to her childhood town of Sandchester where her sometimes crazy family, are ready and waiting with comfort and support. And when an old school classmate, Joe, helps to find her somewhere to live, things may just be starting to look up.​ Esme is a wonderful cook and wants her grandmother's recipes and her own to be shared with the world so what better time than now to focus on her dreams. But Esme soon comes to learn that dreams don't pay the rent and with vlog mishaps, and Esme's growing confusion about her past relationship and how she is beginning to have feelings for Joe who has been such a great friend, this Christmas is sure to be an eventful one. With crazy mishaps, an ex wanting another chance, the best friends a girl could ask for, and some heartbreaking secrets along the way, has Esme found the place where all of her dreams can come true?Engaging, witty, and with a wonderful cast of characters (except for a certain love rat!), SNOWFLAKES AT MISTLETOE COTTAGE by Katie Ginger hooked me from the start and had me laughing plenty along the way. But there is also a sensitive side to this story as Esme and Joe try to figure out their past relationships and learn to let go. I loved Esme's friends who were all funny and caring but Esme's mum stole the show for me and entertained at every moment. I read this book in one sitting because I simply could not put it down and when it was over I found myself wishing that it wasn't - I really hope that this isn't the last we see of this group!​SNOWFLAKES AT MISTLETOE COTTAGE by Katie Ginger is the perfect Christmas read and I highly recommend it to all fiction fans.
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  • Bridget
    January 1, 1970
    Although I haven't yet read Katie Ginger's other novels, the attractive cover design of this one caught my eye and I thought the premise of the book sounded wonderful. Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage was a really lovely story and I especially liked the main character, Esme, to whom I could really relate. She was also rather amusing and I loved the Christmas theme with it's festive charm and the story's overall tone which was so snug and uplifting, bringing with it all that delicious homemade coo Although I haven't yet read Katie Ginger's other novels, the attractive cover design of this one caught my eye and I thought the premise of the book sounded wonderful. Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage was a really lovely story and I especially liked the main character, Esme, to whom I could really relate. She was also rather amusing and I loved the Christmas theme with it's festive charm and the story's overall tone which was so snug and uplifting, bringing with it all that delicious homemade cooking. This was a beautifully written, humorous story of love, friendship, dreams, taking risks, and overcoming the fear of failure. A dash of sparkling friction kept things fizzing and everything was wrapped up very nicely in the end.A wonderful read with a really strong Christmas feel, this is a book that I will certainly be recommending to friends and family; I will also be suggesting it to my local library under their 'Recommend A Purchase' scheme.I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel, at my own request, from HQ Digital via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.
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  • Lovely Loveday
    January 1, 1970
    Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage by Katie Ginger is a delightful Christmas romance. The kind of story that tugs at your heartstrings and warms you all while renewing your faith in the holiday spirit.  A story about broken hearts, family, friends, and not being afraid to take a risk in life. Ginger writes a touching story that lets you take a stroll through the beautiful lanes around mistletoe cottage.  The characters are likable and you will instantly feel invested in them. A lovely, heart-warmin Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage by Katie Ginger is a delightful Christmas romance. The kind of story that tugs at your heartstrings and warms you all while renewing your faith in the holiday spirit.  A story about broken hearts, family, friends, and not being afraid to take a risk in life. Ginger writes a touching story that lets you take a stroll through the beautiful lanes around mistletoe cottage.  The characters are likable and you will instantly feel invested in them. A lovely, heart-warming read, absolutely perfect for Christmas!
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  • Carole Burant
    January 1, 1970
    This was an absolutely delightful story and although there is some angst, there's also lots of humor and it all just warmed my heart. I must say, I completely adored Esme's mom, Carol, what a hoot she was!! This is a story about broken hearts, family, friends, and not being afraid to take a risk in life.Every time Esme would blog about her granny's recipes, I wanted to go try them out! lol They all sounded soooo delish and being that I love to cook and bake, it really had my interest This was an absolutely delightful story and although there is some angst, there's also lots of humor and it all just warmed my heart. I must say, I completely adored Esme's mom, Carol, what a hoot she was!! This is a story about broken hearts, family, friends, and not being afraid to take a risk in life.Every time Esme would blog about her granny's recipes, I wanted to go try them out! lol They all sounded soooo delish and being that I love to cook and bake, it really had my interest at a peak. When she mentions how terrified she was of the pressure cooker, it brought back my own memories of being scared of it as well when my mom would use it!!! I loved Joe as well, what a broken man he was until he and Esme met again. That one scene when he calls Clara's mother, Siobhan, I was absolutely bawling. Such a touching moment in the book. As for Esme's friends, they were an absolute riot! We should all have close friends like that, that have your back. All in all, a wonderful story that takes place at Christmas time and oh yes....now I want to move into Mistletoe Cottage:)I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.
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  • Claire Mc Partlin
    January 1, 1970
    This was an enjoyable Christmas story about Esme, who was just recently sacked from her food technician job on a TV show after standing up for herself, then when she got home her boyfriend dumped her and she had to move out of his London apartment. She's not having a good time, until she moves back to her home town, rents a quite dilapidated but very cute cottage with the lovely name of Mistletoe Cottage, starts up her own food website called 'Grandma's Kitchen', and starts blogging/vlogging abo This was an enjoyable Christmas story about Esme, who was just recently sacked from her food technician job on a TV show after standing up for herself, then when she got home her boyfriend dumped her and she had to move out of his London apartment. She's not having a good time, until she moves back to her home town, rents a quite dilapidated but very cute cottage with the lovely name of Mistletoe Cottage, starts up her own food website called 'Grandma's Kitchen', and starts blogging/vlogging about her recipes.Once there Esme meets Rob, an old school friend she had a crush on years ago, and the estate agent who rented her Mistletoe Cottage. Rob has a reputation as a bit of a playboy in the area, but is harboring some a sad secret that is really weighing him down.I really liked the way we also had secondary characters stories, from Esme's old London life and her present village life, Juanita especially intrigued me, but all Esme's family and friends were very loving but a bit mad, her Mum especially - I loved her character! Esme's friends did remind me a bit of the group of friends in Bridget Jones Diary, and Esme herself was a bit accident prone (like Bridget) especially during her live web broadcasts!I did find Joe a bit irritating I must admit, the event he was brooding and depressed about was a few years ago now and he really should have got past it by now, it was like he had a dark cloud over his head a lot of the time and it did get a bit wearing, although he eventually got over it by the end of the book.There is a very funny scene at the end of the book when Esme and her friends do a live Boxing Day Bake Off broadcast, very funny, and a few things were sorted out.There was a lovely satisfying ending, where the 'bad' people got their comeuppance, and the 'good' people triumphed, all in a cute Christmas village setting. A light-hearted and enjoyable read.
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  • Lis Carey
    January 1, 1970
    Esme Kendrick thinks she's living her best life, with a job as food technologist on a popular cooking show, a handsome boyfriend, and amazing apartment in London.Then she loses the job because she objects to the star claiming one of Esme's grandma's most treasure recipes as her own, and that same day, her gorgeous boyfriend dumps her for the woman he's been seeing behind her back. Since the amazing apartment is his, that's gone too.Her friends help her get her stuff out, Esme Kendrick thinks she's living her best life, with a job as food technologist on a popular cooking show, a handsome boyfriend, and amazing apartment in London.Then she loses the job because she objects to the star claiming one of Esme's grandma's most treasure recipes as her own, and that same day, her gorgeous boyfriend dumps her for the woman he's been seeing behind her back. Since the amazing apartment is his, that's gone too.Her friends help her get her stuff out, but unemployed now,, her only option is to go back home to Sandchester, and start rebuilding her life and career. Her parents give her the money they'd been saving for her wedding, and a guy she knew in school, Joe Holloway, is back in Sandchester as an estate agent, after a disappointment he doesn't discuss in Australia. He helps her find a small cottage she can afford for a few months, to avoid living with either her parents or her married sister. (Who are lovely people, but for reasons that quickly become clear, it wouldn't have worked.)Esme has to deal with the multiple blows to her view of her life, her confidence, and her career, while setting out on a whole new path, a cooking blog that might make her enough of a name to sell the cookbook she's working on. Joe has to deal with his depression, and his guilt over what happened in Australia. Neither of them is in the right place in life to start a new relationship, right?I love Esme, Joe, Esme's family, and Esme's friends--Helena and Mark, who also work on the show she just got fired from, and Lola, another old schoolmate who has been her best friend for years and also works in London, in marketing rather than cooking tv. Everyone needs friends like this, and in this book, you get to spend some great time with them. It's a lot of fun.Recommended.I received a free electronic galley of this book from the publisher via NetGalley, and am reviewing it voluntarily.
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  • Belinda Missen
    January 1, 1970
    This is the third Katie Ginger book I’ve read. Can I just say: she keeps getting better and better with each book. Seriously impressive writing here (not too afraid to admit that I’m a little jealous of her easy style and way with words).I think everyone has been Esme at some point in time. The first person I thought of when reading her (and subsequently pictured her as) was Debbie Reynolds in Singin’ In The Rain, hidden behind the curtain while Lina Lamont takes all the credit. Ladi This is the third Katie Ginger book I’ve read. Can I just say: she keeps getting better and better with each book. Seriously impressive writing here (not too afraid to admit that I’m a little jealous of her easy style and way with words).I think everyone has been Esme at some point in time. The first person I thought of when reading her (and subsequently pictured her as) was Debbie Reynolds in Singin’ In The Rain, hidden behind the curtain while Lina Lamont takes all the credit. Ladies, you know we’ve all been there at some point – this made Esme immediately relatable and easy to sympathise with. I’m going to read anything set in London in winter. Add Christmas to that, and I’m salivating. I didn’t quite get my share of yuletide when I was in town last year, but this book more than makes up for it. The descriptors are glittery, the settings rich, and I feel like I’m right there walking along Regent Street, peering up at the sparkling angel lights. When Esme loses her job, boyfriend and flat all in one day, we’re whisked away from London to Sandchester where her parents live. It’s true that, sometimes to move forward, you need to take a few steps back, and it’s here that Esme starts picking up the pieces of her life. There are misfires and mishaps along the way, because real life is never so easy – again totally relatable when you come to it from the view of any of us out in the world trying establish our blogs/vlogs/and social media personas. I’m a fan of alternating POVs. It was lovely to see/read Joe’s voice and life throughout the book. I also love that the characters weren’t picture perfect. They were human. I mean, we’re all damaged and have our foibles, right? So it should be in fiction and, like in real life, Esme and Joe find something of a comfort and hope in each other. Is it enough for them to take that final leap? Well, you’re just going to have to read on for yourself. You’ll love it. Promise. A perfectly cuddly festive romance.
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  • Ems. (afternoonbookery)
    January 1, 1970
    I have been a fan of Katie Ginger for some time, and when i saw the chance to read this - i mean look at the title? Right?? That is a bit of me. Its a bit later than planned i know but here are my thoughts on this delightful read.We meet Esme as the world around her is crumbling, when her recipe is stolen and her boyfriend wants to call an end to their five year relationship, just when Esme thought he was going to propose. With no other option, Esme returns home and with the help and I have been a fan of Katie Ginger for some time, and when i saw the chance to read this - i mean look at the title? Right?? That is a bit of me. Its a bit later than planned i know but here are my thoughts on this delightful read.We meet Esme as the world around her is crumbling, when her recipe is stolen and her boyfriend wants to call an end to their five year relationship, just when Esme thought he was going to propose. With no other option, Esme returns home and with the help and support of her best friend - she needs a new life plan (not that she had that much of one before either!) Happily finding herself once more and becoming an independent stronger woman seems to be the route she is taking but then there is Joe, Joe who she fancied the pants off at school. Joe he seems quite happy to help her settle down, but seems to be holding back.This is told from multiple POV and i really enjoyed it because we got to see what even the not so likeable characters thoughts were. I mean, i was not really a fan of Leo at all, but i liked seeing what he was going through since he left Esme. Its not often we ger that perspective in a book, it was refreshing.I loved spending time with Esme and her delicious food, i mean i need to try that epic sausage roll, like yesterday. She had a fantastic bunch of friends who were just as mad and lovely as Esme. I could just picture watching her cooking youtube. This was a delightful read with warmth, passion, friendship and like i said - epic sounding sausage rolls. One to add to your winter TBR.
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  • chai (likechaitea)
    January 1, 1970
    I won't lie, this was REALLY slow for me at first and I found it truly ridiculous how Nina got fired just like THAT. I mean, there are other ways one can DO to prove that they're telling the truth. How she was dismissed so easily was just dumb and had me rolling my eyes because of how frustrating it was. BUT GOOD THING, this book's pace picked up and I was soooo enjoying it. I loved reading how Nina was starting with her blog and how to get an audience like sis, I can relate. I saw myself there I won't lie, this was REALLY slow for me at first and I found it truly ridiculous how Nina got fired just like THAT. I mean, there are other ways one can DO to prove that they're telling the truth. How she was dismissed so easily was just dumb and had me rolling my eyes because of how frustrating it was. BUT GOOD THING, this book's pace picked up and I was soooo enjoying it. I loved reading how Nina was starting with her blog and how to get an audience like sis, I can relate. I saw myself there for a moment and it took me back to the days when I started blogging and it felt like no one was there to read. My heart was melting because of the memories. And I love Nina. I love her goal-driven personality and the way she knows what she deserves. I just full on love her and I felt a sense of pride reading what she's achieved after everything she's worked so hard for.The romance was also so sweet and a little angsty because of Joe's history - angst in a sad way. I also love how supportive he was for Nina and how he was slowly opening his heart for something new. And aside from Joe, Nina's friends and family were just as supportive and present in her life. Being there for her and all. And reading this kind of relationship, whether it's between family or friends or with a special someone, set during the holiday season just warms my heart.Review also at: I'll Be Home for Christmas @ Like Chai Tea
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  • Adele
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my goodness I adored this novel by Katie Ginger and I’m not sure why I haven’t read any of her work before as her writing style connected with me on so many levels. Katie Ginger is definitely on my radar now and has a firm place in my favourite romcom author list.Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage is a gorgeous festive feast of a read that I quickly devoured. I loved it so much I wanted the storyline and characters to be real so I could connect with them and learn more about their antics a Oh my goodness I adored this novel by Katie Ginger and I’m not sure why I haven’t read any of her work before as her writing style connected with me on so many levels. Katie Ginger is definitely on my radar now and has a firm place in my favourite romcom author list.Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage is a gorgeous festive feast of a read that I quickly devoured. I loved it so much I wanted the storyline and characters to be real so I could connect with them and learn more about their antics and foodie delights.Esme is a Food Tech for one of the current top foodie TV shows but when she discovers that the glamorous host of the show has double crossed her she decides enough is enough and voices her grievances but sadly her voice isn’t as important as her nemesis and she is left with an ultimatum.When Esme thought her day couldn’t get any worse her boyfriend decides to dump her. So jobless, broken-hearted and now homeless Esme heads home to her parents. Esme’s parents are crazy but fabulous and are just the tonic she needs and with the encouragement of her friends Esme sets up a blog to share her love of cooking and of the memories she had cooking with her dear grandma.Joe moved back to his hometown a few years ago but has been secretly struggling with emotions of the heart. His mind and heart is still in turmoil but when he meets up with his old school friend Esme he starts to see another purpose in life. Can these two lost souls who have returned to their home town learn to let love in again?Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage is such a fabulously funny read and it’s filled with so much warmth it leaves you with a satisfied cosy glow. However, with all the delicious sounding recipes that Esme creates you’ll be left with a hunger for her food and a desire to get cooking.A delicious cosy read that will fill you with a satisfied glow.
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  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    It is always a delight to read a new novel by Katie Ginger and this wonderful writer of romantic comedy is back with another irresistible winner that will brighten up your Christmas: Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage.Life couldn’t possibly get any better for Esme. She truly has the world at her feet with her glitzy job, gorgeous boyfriend and stunning apartment. With Christmas fast approaching, Esme thinks that she is about to have the best holiday season ever, but reality proves to be It is always a delight to read a new novel by Katie Ginger and this wonderful writer of romantic comedy is back with another irresistible winner that will brighten up your Christmas: Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage.Life couldn’t possibly get any better for Esme. She truly has the world at her feet with her glitzy job, gorgeous boyfriend and stunning apartment. With Christmas fast approaching, Esme thinks that she is about to have the best holiday season ever, but reality proves to be far different as she discovers when she loses everything in one fell swoop and ends up having to move back home to her sleepy hometown of Sandchester, which is as far removed from London as it is possible to get. Sandchester might look picture postcard perfect, however, Esme’s future looks bleak and uncertain. With her old life in tatters, Esme fears that she is about to have the worst Yuletide ever – until a chance encounter with her former crush puts a spring in her step and makes her wonder whether life in Sandchester might not be so bad after all!Handsome and charming Joe might have made Esme feel things she never thought she would experience ever again, but the man whom she is slowly but surely losing her heart to is not all that he seems. Joe has a tragic past which is still holding him hostage and which is preventing him from moving on with his life. As Esme and Joe begin to grow closer and their feelings for one another start to intensify, will a stolen kiss under the mistletoe lead to a love that will last a lifetime? Or would they be better off as friends?As Esme begins to get her life back on track, she soon begins to realize that Sandchester is where she truly belongs and as she forges her own path and begins to become in charge of her own destiny, she wonders whether she will finally find the happiness she has been searching for all along…or whether the bright city lights of London could be where her heart and future truly lie…Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage is a delightful charmer I simply did not want to stop reading – I was so engrossed in this book and so completely and utterly captivated by Esme, Joe and all the Sandchester inhabitants, that I nearly burned dinner! A warm-hearted, witty and exceptionally brilliant tale that will make you laugh and cry, Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage is a scintillating and sensational page-turner that kept me hooked from beginning to end.With Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage, Katie Ginger has given Richard Curtis’ Love Actually a run for his money for sheer Christmas perfection and if you are looking for the perfect Yuletide treat to escape into during the frantic run-up to Christmas, then look no further!
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  • Laura Nelson (Tangents and Tissues)
    January 1, 1970
    I wish you could see my face right now. I’m grinning like a fool. On second thought *waves hand*, maybe it’s best you can’t. I’d probably frighten you half to death *snorts*. Quite simply, I’m in Christmas-themed story heaven. (*whispers* This was my fourth Christmas-themed book this year. Yup, you read that correctly – no need to adjust your set!)There wasn’t one thing I didn’t love about this book. I loved Esme, Joe and her whole crazy crew. They say things happen in threes, and th I wish you could see my face right now. I’m grinning like a fool. On second thought *waves hand*, maybe it’s best you can’t. I’d probably frighten you half to death *snorts*. Quite simply, I’m in Christmas-themed story heaven. (*whispers* This was my fourth Christmas-themed book this year. Yup, you read that correctly – no need to adjust your set!)There wasn’t one thing I didn’t love about this book. I loved Esme, Joe and her whole crazy crew. They say things happen in threes, and that is certainly true for Esme. Fired from her job, unceremoniously dumped by her pretentious BF (he’s a barsteward – know what I mean?), and as a result of said dumping, losing her home. Grrr! Someone hide the knives, Laura’s feeling stabby. Yet, with the help of her colourful friends and family she may be down, but she is certainly not out. There were so many stand out moments for me in this story where I was snort-giggling, none more so than in cheese scones/sausage roll scene. I was literally crying with laughter. One word: epic!And don’t get me started on her mother. Hand on heart, I can see my own mother in Carol. I kid you not, the stories I could tell...Then we have Joe. What is it about a bad boy being all grown up that turns us ladies into mush? *shakes head* Plus, add a few rough edges, vulnerability and broken pieces and we are a goner! *sighs*Esme is definitely the foodie version of Bridget Jones. In fact, for me, SAMC was a little bit like Bridget Jones, Love Actually and The Holiday all wrapped up in one scrumptious package. I forgot I was reading a story, I felt like I lived it with Esme. This story has a little bit of everything, angst, romance, characters getting their just desserts (can I get a whoop-whoop?). All set against the backdrop of a quaint little cottage that was just waiting for life to breathed back into it once again.
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  • Anjana
    January 1, 1970
    This book has a perfect premise, something with promise. Our leading lady is an excellent cook, whose recipes are used to showcase another woman on TV. The last straw comes when there is a conflict about ownership. Our brooding hero is back at her hometown, and he has his problems to work through. Esme heads back home to sort out the mess of her life.The actual bonding between the two and the conversations they have as well as the rise of fame of Esme as she works out the kinks of th This book has a perfect premise, something with promise. Our leading lady is an excellent cook, whose recipes are used to showcase another woman on TV. The last straw comes when there is a conflict about ownership. Our brooding hero is back at her hometown, and he has his problems to work through. Esme heads back home to sort out the mess of her life.The actual bonding between the two and the conversations they have as well as the rise of fame of Esme as she works out the kinks of the kind of life she wants was interesting and held my attention. She begins with bogging and moves on from there. Each time she needs a push though and did not always put the work in before moving to the next idea. Overall that picture was painted pretty vividly. There were two discrepancies in the narrative that bothered me. One was Esme's mother's character. She kept being described one way, but I saw a few pieces of evidence to support the claims and another was in the very beginning. These small, insignificant details bothered me in the story, but otherwise, I would recommend this to readers of the genre. It is the kind of book to kick back with a hot chocolate and read about lots of baking/foods.I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.
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  • Denise Mcghie
    January 1, 1970
    If you are only going to read one Christmas romance book this year, pick this one.Food technologist Esme loses her job and her boyfriend on the same day and moves back to the sleepy village she grew up in. She meets up with Joe, who she fancied at school, he is now an estate agent and finds her a cheap little run down cottage to move into. She has to pull up her big girl pants and get on with rebuilding her life.Esme is totally relatable and endearing, plagued with doubts If you are only going to read one Christmas romance book this year, pick this one.Food technologist Esme loses her job and her boyfriend on the same day and moves back to the sleepy village she grew up in. She meets up with Joe, who she fancied at school, he is now an estate agent and finds her a cheap little run down cottage to move into. She has to pull up her big girl pants and get on with rebuilding her life.Esme is totally relatable and endearing, plagued with doubts and insecurities and her drunken vlogging is hilarious. Joe, who is nursing his own heartbreak and depression, is lovely and I like how the writer has portrayed him, strong yet vulnerable. There was real depth to both of the characters.In fact all the characters in the book are well written, you really feel like you would want to know and be friends with these people. Well apart from Leo and Felicity, that is. I really don't want to write much about the storyline as I don't want to give any of it away, just read it ... in a day, don't put it down! Thank you to Netgalley and HQ Digital for the ARC
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  • Pam Robertson
    January 1, 1970
    This is a super festive read which has all the ingredients you will be looking for at this time of year. You feel for Esme from the beginning and follow her as she returns home and slowly settles in. I love the humour in the story, from the needy London celebrity cooks to Esme's delightfully mad parents, particularly her Mum, Carol. Esme's family are so caring and joyful. You have to admire Esme's belief in herself and her friends add plenty of light hearted moments. In Joe, you have This is a super festive read which has all the ingredients you will be looking for at this time of year. You feel for Esme from the beginning and follow her as she returns home and slowly settles in. I love the humour in the story, from the needy London celebrity cooks to Esme's delightfully mad parents, particularly her Mum, Carol. Esme's family are so caring and joyful. You have to admire Esme's belief in herself and her friends add plenty of light hearted moments. In Joe, you have a man with a past which you come to realise he has been unable to come to terms with. Wreathed in depression, you still sense his basic kindness. Katie Ginger paces his friendship with Esme beautifully as he responds to her vitality. I particularly enjoyed the references to Esme's blog and her vlogs. Her Gran's recipes certainly tempt you and add to the seasonal feel. Crammed full of food, family and hope for a second chance, I can't recommend this book highly enough if you are looking for a festive romcom.In short: Deck the halls, or in this case, Mistletoe Cottage. Thanks to the author for a copy of the book.
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  • Rona Nimmo
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to netgalley for s pre publication copy in exchange for an honest review.This book is about a food technician on tv show sacked because she accused the star presenter of stealing her recipes (which she did) then she goes to the flat she shares with and he breaks off the relationship she and tells her to pack up her stuff & leave. She returned home as she has no job & no where to go as the tv company have black listed her and she decides to set up a blog. And it’s ab Thank you to netgalley for s pre publication copy in exchange for an honest review.This book is about a food technician on tv show sacked because she accused the star presenter of stealing her recipes (which she did) then she goes to the flat she shares with and he breaks off the relationship she and tells her to pack up her stuff & leave. She returned home as she has no job & no where to go as the tv company have black listed her and she decides to set up a blog. And it’s about her friends and family rallying round and what goes wrong in between.The synopsis drew me to this book and I loved it! Twists, turns, happy, sad and it was humorous too. Positively hysterical at times giving a warm fuzzy feel like a old warm fluffy cardigan . Lovely madcap end. I enjoyed the characters they all had there individual quirky personalities and some were down right hilarious.However at some parts the book jumped all over the place for no reason and seemed out of place, with the rest of the story but this was redeemed at the end when it all came together.
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  • Tiziana Langone
    January 1, 1970
    When in a book one of my favourite things is a big part of the story, I’m surely already hooked from the beginning in the story!Let that favourite thing be food (sorry body, for all that I put in you!) and you add it with a great story and Christmas, well, then you turned me into a fan!Esme is having the worst of times... she got fired from her job after the host of the show she works on stole her recipe. Then after coming home, expecting a proposal, she gets dumped AND almost When in a book one of my favourite things is a big part of the story, I’m surely already hooked from the beginning in the story!Let that favourite thing be food (sorry body, for all that I put in you!) and you add it with a great story and Christmas, well, then you turned me into a fan!Esme is having the worst of times... she got fired from her job after the host of the show she works on stole her recipe. Then after coming home, expecting a proposal, she gets dumped AND almost kicked out of the house...So she sees no other option of leaving London and living closer to her family. But she’s having a hard time...Having no income and doubting herself, she thinks herself of a failure.And then she meets Joe, her real estate agent. They knew each other from school, so they find it easy to get along together, having small chats and thinking of the past.But Joe is still recovering from his divorce. And he has a peculiar way, going from one night stand to one night stand.What really attracted me in the story, beside the food 😃, was the realisme of it. Everybody has to face a hard time once their life. And it isn’t always easy peasy...Sometimes it’s a struggle and you have to lean on your family and friends.This story isn’t afraid of showing every aspect of it. Even when Esme is considering going back to her ex, you can see where she is coming from.And how Joe is coping with his sorrow, it’s his way of grieving, so also there you can somehow understand is.What also was nice to read, was the several point of views. Once you are learning more about Esme. The next chapter you’re trying to figure out how you can help Joe. Then you’re reading about the ‘bad guys’ who you’re hoping that karma can be a real b*tch. It was fun to experience everbody’s emotions, good or bad.For me, this wasn’t a true Christmas story, but more a story about picking up the pieces of your shattered life, dare to dream and always believe in yourself.It’s ok to fail once in a while, as long as you learn from it and become stronger afterwards.
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