What could be more festive than a winter wedding in the picturesque English countryside? Join us for Christmas in the Cotswolds with the bestselling Lucy Coleman.
Imogen Tolliman and Gray Adams can’t wait to get married after getting engaged the previous year, when they were stranded by snow in a blizzard. Now they are busy planning their wedding, but when the date slips six months because Gray is working on a huge film project, it seems like fate that after their snowy start, they will end up getting married at Christmas.
The couple are living in Immi’s grandfather’s picturesque lock-keeper’s cottage at the Aysbury marina in the Cotswolds, which they are renovating to become their forever family home. As well as building work, full-time jobs and wedding planning, Immi is in charge of raising money to build a children’s playground, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of The Santa Ahoy Cruises – her grandfather Tollie’s life work.
When Gray is suddenly forced to travel abroad, Immi is left to cope with everything alone, and before long, even the best-laid plans start to wobble. When a terrible betrayal is uncovered, the whole community of Aysbury is left reeling, and Immi is left wondering if there will be a wedding after all…
Let Lucy Coleman transport you away to an unforgettable Cotswolds Christmas full of romance and laughter, friendship and family and much-loved festive traditions. Perfect for all fans of Trisha Ashley, Holly Martin and Sue Moorcroft.
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am more than ready for a bit of Christmas sparkle in my life, so as soon as I found out that the fabulous Lucy Coleman was releasing a festive novel I jumped at the chance to read and review it.
In this story we meet Imogen and Gray, a couple who are preparing for their wedding after getting engaged whilst stranded in a blizzard the year before. All the preparations are running smoothly, but when Gray begins working on a huge film project they make the decision to push the date of the wedding back six months. This feels somewhat like fate to Imogen that they are now having a Christmas wedding, after all…. they did get engaged surrounded by snow.
As we are taken back to the picturesque setting of Ashbury in the Cotstwolds, we get to catch up with some much loved characters who we have encountered before. As Immi and Gray try to juggle the pressures of work, fixing up the cottage they live in to make it their forever home and of course all of the preparations for their upcoming wedding, Immi also deals with the fundraising for a playground that will be made in her late grandfathers name.
I truly loved returning to Ashbury and following Immi and Gray throughout the buikd up to their special day. It is clear that they are both still head over heels in love with one another, and despite the demands of Gray’s work taking him away a lot, they never let that impact on their relationship. Alongside the cast of intriguing and incredibly welcoming characters that provide us with some unforgettable dialogue and a setting that is brought to life so wonderfully by the author and her incredible writing style, it is impossible to not fall in love with this story and all of those we meet throughout it.
About the Author
Lucy Coleman is a #1 bestselling romance writer, whose recent novels include Snowflakes over Holly Cove. She also writes under the name Linn B. Halton. She won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award and lives in the Welsh Valleys.
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*Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources, Boldwood Books and Lucy Coleman for providing me with a gifted copy of this book in return for my honest review. All thoughts are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.*