Christmas by the Coast by Mandy Baggot

After a terrible heartbreak, Harriet Cookson worked hard to build her life back up. Now she has a dependable boyfriend, a great job and a decent flatshare. But when her beloved grandmother passes away, Harriet drops everything to fly out to the Hamptons to comfort her grieving grandpa.

Christmas is coming and as she arrives on the sandy beaches of her childhood in Montauk, Long Island, Harriet spots someone she never expected to see again – her ‘one that got away’, ex-soldier Mack Wyatt. Now, Mack is determined to win Harriet back and show her that the life she’s been living might be the wrong happily-ever-after.

This Christmas, find out if love letters from the past can pave the way to a brand-new future..

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

I do love the fact, that with a Mandy Baggot book, I’m guaranteed to laugh out loud, maybe shed a tear, but always find a romantic happy ever after!

Christmas by the Coast doesn’t disappoint, yet I felt that the tone was a little more serious as the story dealt with family conflict and the fallout of war.  This is certainly not a negative view, I thoroughly enjoyed the story and loved learning more about Harriet and Mack, through their letters.

As always, Mandy delivers a wonderful cast of characters, from the inimitable Madame Scarlet to the lovable Lester, they all brought a feeling of home to Heather’s visit to Long Island.  Even Harriet’s boyfriend, Iain, who added a serious balance to the frivolity of a beach bar with a talkative parrot.

Montauk, Long Island, is a gorgeous setting, and I loved following the cute, festive traditions that Harriet’s Nana had maintained throughout her ownership of the wonderfully named, Rum Coconut Bar.

It soon became clear, that our heroine had a few titles; Joanna, Harriet and, my favourite, Hari.  This may seem strange, but it all makes sense as you realise that she means different things to different people.  That said, she remained kind and true throughout the story.

This is a wonderful book about second chances and following dreams.  Pack your virtual bags and escape to Montauk, you’re in for a treat.

Learn more about Mandy Baggot here.   Follow Mandy on Twitter.


Receiving a digital ARC does not influence my opinion of a book.  Please note, this review contains affiliate links.

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