A Surprise Christmas Wedding by Phillipa Ashley

Official blurb from Amazon

It’s been a year since Lottie’s fiancé walked out, leaving her heartbroken. But things start to look up when she lands her dream job at a beautiful Lake District estate, with a handsome groundskeeper for a neighbour.
So when Lottie is asked to organise a last minute Christmas wedding at Firholme, she can’t wait to get started. Until she meets the couple, and discovers that Connor, the man who broke her heart, is the groom-to-be.
As snow falls on the hills, can Lottie put aside her past to organise the perfect winter wedding? And will there be any festive magic left to bring Lottie the perfect Christmas she deserves?


I received a digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

You would be forgiven for thinking that I’ve read enough Christmas stories to last me a lifetime.  Forgiven but totally wrong!

This book made my heart happy for a number of reasons, but the main one was that it started in Cornwall but the rest of the book was based in the Lake District.  I love the Lakes and it always provides me with warm, fuzzy feelings.  This was an amazing Christmas escape and is highly recommended.

Lottie’s heart has been broken and facing her ex-fiance is not what she had in mind when she took a new job on the Firholme estate.  To add insult to injury, she’s expected to pretend that they were never together and plan his wedding.

Handsome groundskeeper Jay is also nursing a broken heart, Christmas is a non-event for him as he has no intention of celebrating.  He will simply stay at home in his little cottage with faithful dog, Trevor.

As part of their jobs at Firholme, they each have a free cottage and live next door to one another.  Can Lottie bring the Christmas spirit back to Jay’s sad life?

The gentle friendship between Jay and Lottie was, for me, the sweetest part of this book.  Two damaged hearts hoping to repair each other and protect themselves at the same time.

Firholme is a beautiful setting for this romantic, Christmas story.  Set on beautiful Derwent Water with neighbouring Keswick getting honourable mentions, Phillipa Ashley has written about my favourite place.

An extra layer was brought by Lottie’s lovely relationship with her sister and nieces.  Having dealt with a devastating cancer diagnosis, the previous Christmas, Lottie is determined that this Christmas will be perfect for the young family.

I do hope that you enjoy this Cumbrian book escape, I think it’s a corker!

Learn more about Phillipa Ashley here.   Follow Phillipa on Twitter.

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