“The Little Village Christmas” by Sue Moorcroft. Published by Avon Books UK and is available in paperback, eBook and audio. I do actually recommend buying the paperback book, it is sparkly, and shiny and has glitter that stays on the book and not on your face ! (Apologies, a very girly moment there, girly moments are a rarity for me !!) I read this book on the recommendation of A Love of Books Facebook Group for their monthly Book Night pick.
- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Avon (2 Nov. 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 000826001X
- ISBN-13: 978-0008260019
- Amazon UK link
Alexia Kennedy – interior decorator extraordinaire – has been tasked with giving the little village of Middledip the community café it’s always dreamed of.
After months of fundraising, the villagers can’t wait to see work get started – but disaster strikes when every last penny is stolen. With Middledip up in arms at how this could have happened, Alexia feels ready to admit defeat.
But help comes in an unlikely form when woodsman, Ben Hardaker and his rescue owl Barney, arrive on the scene. Another lost soul who’s hit rock bottom, Ben and Alexia make an unlikely partnership.
However, they soon realise that a little sprinkling of Christmas magic might just help to bring this village – and their lives – together again…
Settle down with a mince pie and a glass of mulled wine as you devour this irresistibly festive Christmas tale. The perfect read for fans of Carole Matthews and Trisha Ashley.
The village has come together with money to restore the old village pub but as a Community Cafe. But after all the money is stolen along with almost all of the period features the chance of being able to transform the old pub looks lost. But not so, there are some who are not willing to just give up, instead a stubborn determination takes over and they want the project to remain on track. Ben is a newcomer to the village, but has a family connection to the village, he offers help to Alexia, the project manager, an old adversary has a change of heart and there are those who want to distance themselves from the negativity of the theft.
I really enjoyed this book, it is a light hearted and humorous at times read, with a warm cosy feel to it. I found some of the local community references very believable, living in a village myself. I found that I could mirror some of Sue’s characters with some of our own locals, though I would never say which ones. This added that little bit extra special something for me, the believe-ability of the community was great. Even though there is quite a limited cast for the village. This is where we learn more of Alexia and her role in the village and what her dreams are. Ben’s story is also included and also his connection to the village.
Even though this is a story with a Christmas element in it, it is not a mistletoe, baubles, fairy lights, twinkly jumper wearing book. It takes place on the run up to Christmas, but with all the busy-ness of the characters in this book, they don’t have the time to thinks about it too much.
This is a really enjoyable, cosy, snuggly on a sofa, big cushion hot chocolate read. Get comfortable for this, I read it virtually in one sitting, if things like going to work hadn’t got in the way. I would have done. I definitely recommend this to readers of feel good, warm, light-hearted, crime and mystery books, with a sprinkle of romance to top it off nicely. I am going to admit to being aware of this author, but (whispers…) not reading any of her books, this is absolutely going to change. A great introduction to this authors works, in my opinion. Now off to order a couple more of her books 🙂
About the Author:
Best-selling author Sue Moorcroft writes women’s contemporary fiction with sometimes unexpected themes. Her last book, The Christmas Promise, was published by Avon Books UK. It reached #1 in the UK Kindle chart and did well in mass market paperback both in the UK and in Germany (WinterZauberKüsse). Her new book, Just for the Holidays, is already a best-seller in several categories.
Sue has won the Best Romantic Read Award, been nominated for a RoNA and is a Katie Fforde Bursary winner. She also writes short stories, serials, articles, columns, courses and writing ‘how to’.
An army child, Sue was born in Germany then lived in Cyprus, Malta and the UK. She’s worked in a bank, as a bookkeeper (probably a mistake), as a copytaker for Motor Cycle News and for a typesetter, but is pleased to have wriggled out of all ‘proper jobs’.
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