I am delighted to be sharing my review for Christmas Miracles at the Little Log Cabin by Helen J Rolfe as part of the Blog Tour with Rachel’s Random Resources. My huge thanks to Rachel for the invite and to Helen for my e-copy of this book.
Anyone who follows my Blog may be aware that I am a fan of Helen’s books, so when I saw there was to be a Blog Tour I didn’t read the synopsis I just responded with a definite “yes please” 🙂
Do you believe in Christmas Miracles?
Holly is looking for a change and even though not everyone agrees with her career choices, she’s determined there’s more to this life than the long hours she works as an editor in New York City. What she doesn’t expect is to meet Mitch, a recluse who’s hiding more than she realises.
Mitch does all he can to avoid human contact, spending his days in the little log cabin out in the woods behind Inglenook Falls where he owns a Christmas tree farm, so when Holly falls into his life, he’s not sure how to react. All he knows is that something needs to change if he ever wants to get his life back on track.
Along with friends Cleo and Darcy, Holly is determined to bring joy back to Mitch’s life, but will he appreciate their interference? And when a business proposition throws everything up in the air, will it do more harm than good and ruin lives forever?
Both Holly and Mitch must learn that on the surface people aren’t always what they seem…but if you dig a little deeper, they can take you by surprise.
Curl up this Christmas for plenty of snowflakes, roaring log fires, a marriage proposal, unlikely friendships and second chances as we return to the much-loved characters in the New York Ever After series.
Helen J Rolfe really does know how to do festive romance fiction well. In this book, I met Holly, a friendly, bubbly woman who has made the big step to leave her job and go freelance. Pierre thinks it is a phase and in a couple of months she will get a “proper job”.
Mitch is a loner, but the community of Inglenook Falls still keep an eye on him and I soon discovered why. His past has been gossip around town and he does nothing to help himself at all. Holly and her photographer’s eye realises that sometimes it not what you can see that is important.
This is a story that has a lovely festive feel right from the get-go. The author has done a fabulous job drawing me in with descriptions of snow-laden hills, wonderfully scented smoke fires, festive food and fresh cut Christmas trees. The little log cabin would be my absolute dream home.
I liked the mix of the hustle and bustle of city life and the contrasting quieter country life pace. It gave a good balance that is the excitement and drama of Christmas.
The characters have their ups and downs as their feelings, histories and own stories gradually come out. The author has provided a story that has a good amount of human interest and heartbreak but without going over the top. It means you get more than you expect and is another way of keeping this readers eyes glued to the page.
Holly herself is a character I really liked, she is motivated but also patient and can see the best in people. Mitch is moody and initially a bit of a shocking character, but as I learnt more about his story and how he has come to be where he is I saw that he was more than first meets the eye. He was probably my favourite character, but only just. For me, it was how his life had gone through a roller-coaster on an emotional level that added that extra intrigue and poignancy.
This book is part of a series, and even though this is book 4 it really can be read as a stand-alone. There are characters from previous books that are reintroduced and they are done in such a way as you wouldn’t feel you were missing any details, but it will leave you wanting to go and get the previous books as you will want to know said details.
This is a book and also a series that has a charming, festive, cosy and enchanting feel to it. A story that has a heart and just ticks all the boxes in what I am looking for in this type of book. One I would definitely recommend xx
About the Author:
Helen J Rolfe writes contemporary women’s fiction and enjoys weaving stories about family, friendship, secrets, and community. Characters often face challenges and must fight to overcome them, but above all, Helen’sstories always have a happy ending.
Location is a big part of the adventure in Helen’s books and she enjoys setting stories in different cities and countries around the world. So far, locations have included Melbourne, Sydney, New York, Connecticut, Bath, and the Cotswolds.
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