Blog Tour – Christmas at Snowflake Lodge by CP Ward

Plumber Jessica Lemond is determined not to follow in her parents footsteps by living off her famous grandfather’s fortune. However, when the old timer himself elopes to Scotland with suspicions over the recent death of his much younger third wife hanging over his head and a private detective on his tail, it is left to Jessica to follow and clear up the mess. Happy to escape from her nightmarish lodger Doreen, she heads to the remote Snowflake Lodge with her young trainee Kirsten in tow.

However, Snowflake Lodge – with its oddball staff and very dodgy plumbing – is not how it appears in the brochure. Among the beautiful Scottish scenery, and with more hot chocolate and mince pies than she can possibly handle, can Jessica find something she didn’t even know she was looking for?

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

I believe that this is my first read, from this author.  As the synopsis explains, the story focusses on Jessica, her parents and her grandfather.  Having lost his current wife, due to an accident, Jessica’s 92-year-old grandfather has fled to Northern Scotland, away from police scrutiny.  As a favour to her parents, Jessica agrees to track him down and find out whether he was involved in the untimely death.

Firstly, I must say that I did enjoy this book.  It kept me entertained and I read it to the end which brought a satisfying conclusion.  The journey to those final pages was quite the ride!  I dread to meet whoever was the inspiration for the character of Jessica’s lodger, Doreen.  Whilst her character was pretty far-fetched, she was hilarious, and I was physically cringing every time her name was mentioned.

The Snowflake Inn was another farcical element which somehow worked and kept me entertained.  The idea of Barry running the hotel was truly funny. So many daft rules, but each one aimed at making the Christmas season the best fun for everyone.  Maybe it’s just me, but I would love to get involved in such a festive workforce.

There are many charming elements to this story.  From the neighbouring Reindeer farm, run by the hunky James, to the magical railway and skating pond. For me, the biggest laugh out loud moment, was finding out how a 92-year-old managed to safely hit the ski slopes. It’s definitely a fun-filled, seasonal escape for anyone looking for a laugh at Christmas. So, if you’re looking for a slightly zany, very entertaining festive read, then this is the one. 

Author Bio – CP Ward is an author from the UK who currently lives and works in Japan.

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