Snow is falling in Honeybourne and Spencer is bringing home his American fiancée Tori for a traditional English Christmas with all the trimmings. But when his hippie mum and dad meet her high-maintenance parents, sparks of the wrong sort start to fly. Then Spencer bumps into his first love Jasmine and unexpected feelings come flooding back.
Millie is run off her feet with Christmas orders at the Little Village Bakery and new baby Oscar. Thank goodness her cousin Darcie is here to help her. Although she does seem to be rather flirty with Millie’s boyfriend Dylan.
Will Darcie ever find true love of her own? And is marrying Tori a terrible mistake for Spencer if his heart is with someone else?
This is a bit of a departure for me as I don’t normally ‘do’ Christmas books. However I really enjoyed my first trip to The Little Village Bakery earlier in the year (review here), so I was keen to catch up. Although it did seem a bit odd settling down to Christmas on a sunny, warm day (especially as it’s October – a more autumnal setting might have done the trick).
While this is a sequel, it’s fair to say, that as ever it can be read as a standalone, but it will give the game away about major “will they won’t theys” from the first book, so be warned.
If you did read the first, you’ll be pleased to know that all the ‘old’ favourites return so you can catch up on happenings in Honeybourne. For newcomers, you’ll find a village with a heart, where community spirit comes to the fore and it’s characters are a colourful mix from the rude and nosy (hello Ruth) to the sexy and romantic (Dylan).
I think this book, is more focused on certain characters than the first, which of course had to spread the love, to introduce us to everyone. But don’t worry, that doesn’t mean bit parts for the others and Millie is still the beating heart that keeps everything (and everyone) on track.
It’s really Darcie and Spencer that take centre stage in this one, as they cope with their chaotic love lives (not spoiling anything here to say, not with each other). No surprises/spoilers either in saying that they don’t run smoothly, this is surely part of the attraction with this genre. As this is Christmas, it wouldn’t be complete without fallouts, and misunderstandings, especially where families are concerned. Add in snow and sheep (you’ll see) and you have the perfect storm.
In short, this is a great, comforting read that is what it says on the cover, a feel good, festive romance. So as nights are inevitably drawing in and thoughts turn to Christmas (well mine might by the end of November) stock up on the biscuits and hot chocolate and enjoy.
I received a copy via NetGalley for review purposes.