A distant relative. A blizzard. A Christmas of surprises.
Lottie Short isn’t looking forward to Christmas. Her boyfriend has dumped her and she’s also lost her job. Lottie and her beloved spaniel, Merry, are facing the festive season – and a bleak future, alone.
But a Christmas card and round-robin letter give Lottie hope. And as the first snowflakes fall, she’s on her way to the tiny seaside village of Seahorse Harbour to visit her distant aunt. She’ll stay in a cosy B&B and get some bracing, sea air. That might lift her spirits.
What she doesn’t plan for is a blizzard, her aunt taking a fall, or the dramas unfolding all around her. But at least there’s a warm welcome at Aunt Elsie’s cottage … and a roaring log fire in the village pub.
That’s not all that might bring a rosy glow to Lottie’s cheeks. Asher Bryant, the local vet is pretty hot, and Lottie also hits it off with another visitor to Seahorse Harbour. This festive season might be better than she hoped.
And when Lottie gets more than one surprise this Christmas, perhaps she and Merry won’t be spending the New Year on their own.
This is book 2 in my new series of standalone novels set in the tiny, seaside village of Seahorse Harbour.
I received a digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I was fortunate to be included in the blog tour for the first book in this series, Summer at my Sister’s. Emily Harvale is a firm favourite for me and that makes my reviewing, perhaps, a little more critical.
Fear not! This is another smashing story from a master of series writers. Christmas at Aunt Elsie’s fits right in and follows Emily Harvale’s tried and tested formula for a standalone story forming part of a series.
This story follows Lottie whose life has fallen apart. Still mourning the deaths of her parents, her boyfriend has dumped her and she’s lost her job. So, with little other option, she heads to Seahorse Harbour to visit her Aunt Elsie, widow of her Mum’s brother.
Lottie is a welcome addition to the series, and I was thrilled to see the hunky Asher Bryant taking centre stage in this heart-warming Christmas tale. Favourite characters from the first book reappeared including the wonderful Aunt Elsie.
As the story unfolds, Lottie will question every part of her past and wonder who or what she can believe. Finding estranged family is an interesting premise and learning that they may not be as distant as originally presumed is a huge pill to swallow.
The big question is, has Lottie and her little dog Merry been called by the Seahorses, or is she just passing through?
Emily writes novels, novellas and short stories about friendship, family and falling in love. She loves a happy ending but knows that life doesn’t always go to plan. Her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.
Emily loves to connect with her readers and has a readers’ group in which many have become good friends. To catch up with Emily, find out about the group, or connect with her on social media, go to her website at www.emilyharvale.com.
Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now writes full-time. She’s a member of the SoA, an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. When not writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid both. Emily has two mischievous rescue cats that like to sprawl across her keyboard, regardless of whether Emily is typing on it, or not.
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