I am delighted to share my rather late review for A Winter Wedding at Mistletoe Farm by Helen J Rolfe. I adore this series and this makes it even more unforgivable that I hadn’t filled in my calendar correctly and missed the date.
My huge thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for arranging my e-copy and also the nudge to remind me that I hadn’t posted.
A Winter Wedding at Mistletoe Gate Farm
It’s almost Christmas in Heritage Cove – the village tree is all lit-up, the bakery is full of festive treats, the tea rooms and waffle shack are welcoming locals inside out of the cold, and for some of the residents of the Cove, snow might not be the only thing they’re wishing for this year…
Tilly is overjoyed when an estranged relative comes to Heritage Cove wanting to make amends. But as she lets him in to her life and Tilly’s Bits ‘n’ Pieces – the shop she owns and loves – her friends aren’t so sure whether everything is quite as it seems.
Benjamin’s parents run Mistletoe Gate Farm, selling Christmas trees, wreaths and mistletoe. Benjamin has always thought his family was as firmly rooted in the ground as the rows of Norway Spruce and Fraser Firs. But when he finds a letter that rocks his world he realises he may not be able to do anything to prevent the changes coming their way.
Benjamin and Tilly have been falling for one another since the summer but will family complications put an abrupt stop to what is looking like a burgeoning romance?
With festive cheer weaving its way through the Cove as two local favourites plan their wedding, there’s more than one relationship that could receive a little Christmas magic…
This is a favourite author of mine and I adore her books, I have read quite a few and they have been without exception, fabulous reads.
This latest book is the 4th book in the Heritage Cove series, and while you can read them all as stand-alone you will get a better understanding of the characters within this closeknit and supportive coastal community.
Heritage Cove is an amazing sounding place in the winter with local businesses gearing up for Christmas. Tilly runs one of the local shops an Aladdin’s cave of local crafts, furniture and whatever Tilly can squeeze into her beloved shop. Benjamin works at the Pub as the chef, helps out with the family business, a Christmas Tree Farm, so he is manically busy but still has the time to pop in and see Tilly.
These two are the main focus of this story, but other residents and regulars of the series also have their parts to play. The community spirit is something this authors manages to capture so well and when you have read a couple of books in the series you get a nice warm and welcoming feel.
Both Tilly and Benjamin have had relationships in the past, it has left them wary of thinking about anything apart from friendship. As the two have become friends they have built up a trust and understanding, each like the other but is a little reluctant to go any further because of the great friendship they have. Tilly has very little family, while Benjamin lives with his, so when a relative arrives alarm bells sound for Benjamin, but Tilly is delighted. She is one for seeing the best in people and so she is more vulnerable.
With the main stories between Tilly, Benjamin and their lives there are also more other things going on. There is a wedding, as the title obviously suggests, this wedding is something close to the hearts of several characters and once again the community is all in for helping out.
This series is a wonderful one, each visit is like coming back to a favourite literary holiday destination. Catching up with old friends and meeting new ones. I do like how the author incorporates little things into this story such as storm damage, especially as we have already had two winter storms already. It gives this story a feeling that what happens could be something that has been very recent.
Another fabulous addition to the Heritage Cove series and is one for those who adore lovely heart-warming, romance and contemporary fiction novels. It is one I would definitely recommend.
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’s stories 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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