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    Fun holiday treat

    I’ve never read any of the other books from Porthmellow, so I came into this story with a fresh perspective on the characters and the writing. I was introduced to the family with a bang of a start. An exciting family Christmas celebration turned upside down by a shocking family secret long hidden and thought to be buried. The rest of the story is how each of them find peace and resolution in their own life throughout the next year. More secrets surface as twists and turns abound! Through all the ups and downs, family remains family and new beginnings are forged. A fun holiday treat. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.
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    Perfect Christmas Story

    Maeve is a pseudonym for Adela Martin, the renowned author of the folklore novel, Ivory Apples. Maeve changed her name and moved to the middle of nowhere, because her fandom became more than she could bear. Ivory Apples was not only a success, it created a following that was cult-like. Ivy is Maeve’s great niece. Ivy and her three sisters live an average, everyday life with their father who is an engineering professor. Ivy’s mom passed away much earlier, when her younger sister was just a baby. Occasionally they visit their Aunt Maeve, but they are under the strictest orders to never reveal who Aunt Maeve really is, nor where she lives. When a woman befriends Ivy and her sisters and the park, Ivy is suspicious of her. This woman is too kind and too friendly and wants to insinuate herself into their lives. The woman, Kate, is far too fond of the book Ivory Apples. No one else suspects anything. Until Kate truly becomes part of their lives. The fairytale quality of this book enchanted me. I loved how it was a book within a book. The need for Maeve to escape due to her fandom is probably a real thing. It makes sense that if a book inspires people to become obsessed, they would haunt an author into retreating. I loved the way that Lisa Goldstein incorporated Greek mythology into the story, even making it a focal point. There is a lot of tragedy in the book, but it’s real, everyday stuff that people deal with. This was the first novel by Lisa Goldstein that I’ve read. I would definitely read her other books, as I loved the fantasy element and the fun. She does a brilliant job of weaving fantasy and reality into one tale. 3.75 stars on Goodreads This review will be posted at BookwormishMe.com on 11 October 2019 .
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    five-star read that will warm you up

    A Perfect Cornish Christmas by Phillipa Ashley a five-star read that will warm you up on a cold winter’s night. Scarlett and Ellie take you along with them as they uncover their history, if you like a good Christmas story then this is one for you, throw in the beauty of Cornwall and the setting of Porthmellow Harbour. It will wrap you up like a warm hug of a Christmas present and as you read the pages, you really do unravel the story like a delicious present. I have enjoyed Phillipa Ashley’s work before, but I loved this story.
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    A Gorgeous Seasonal Read!

    I’ve been thoroughly spoiled this year .. this is another fabulous festive read! Last year, the Latham family’s Christmas imploded; twelve months on and things still haven’t been resolved. As Christmas approaches once again, daughter Scarlett heads to Porthmellow to try and find answers to the question which raised it’s head almost twelve months ago. Will she get to the bottom of things or is it the end of the family unit as they’ve known it? Such a fantastic, cosy read and the mention of all the great festive fare has me planning Christmas food already! With new characters, it took me several chapters to twig that I have visited Porthmellow before, albeit during the summer – after all I have read a LOT of novels this year. Phillipa Ashley’s stories are always warm and inviting, individually created but forming part of truly endearing series’ which pull the reader in and pin you down until the final page. This is the kind of book which you think you’ll pick up for ten minutes and before you know it another hour has disappeared! A gorgeous seasonal read and one which I totally loved, enjoyed and fully recommend. Absolutely worth all five stars!
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    The book was a sheer delight to read

    Sisters Ellie and Scarlett thought getting their DNA tested to check their ancestry would make an amazing Christmas present to give to their parents, however, not everything goes to plan when it turns out that they have different fathers. Christmas is ruined and subsequently, the family starts to fall apart with their mother denying everything and declaring that the test must be false. Move forward a year and their parents are living in separate rooms and their mother is still refusing to talk about the issue. Ellie is living in Porthmellow, Cornwall, and Scarlett believes that’s where the answers to who her real father is lies, so she asks Ellie if she can live with her for a while. As Scarlett gets closer to the truth more and more problems arise and more secrets start to unravel. Has Scarlett bitten off more that she can chew in pursuit of the truth? This is the first Phillipa Ashley book that I have read but it won’t be my last. I was a little unsure when starting this story whether it was part of a series or not due to Ms. Ashley’s previous novel ‘A Perfect Cornish Summer’, however, whilst I realised the setting is the same in both of the books and a few of the characters from the first make an appearance, this book certainly works as a standalone. The book opened strongly and straight into the aftermath of the Christmas fallout. Then we get to find out what everything was about before moving forward in time. The book was a sheer delight to read and for a romance book, there were a lot of twists, turns, and surprises along the way which kept me on my toes. The scenery is just beautiful and you can certainly see Porthmellow in all it’s Autumn glory as well as the Winter Solstice festival which I would love to attend. There are two love interests in the plot and it was enjoyable to watch both of them develop although neither runs smoothly. Whilst Scarlett was the main character, Ellie played a major role too and I really enjoyed both of their stories equally. This is a book that brings family life to the forefront and shows you that no family is perfect, everyone makes mistakes in their lives but it is how you deal with the issues together and come together as a unit that matters. Family is precious and comes in all shapes and sizes so make sure you treasure it.
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