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…
I received a digital ARC of this book, in exchange for an honest review.
I first discovered this wonderful author via Kindle Unlimited, as I read the ‘New York Ever After series. I was totally enamoured by the writing style and have been a fan since. This latest series, ‘Heritage Cove’ is just as magical, and I am loving the way the stories weave through the books.
In this instalment, our focus is on Tilly, owner of Tilly’s Bits ‘n’ Pieces. She’s secretly in love with Benjamin, the chef at the local pub, who lives with his family at Mistletoe Gate Farm and is head over heels for her, too. To add to the seasonal romance, the Farm grows Christmas trees.
Whilst everyone else in the village can see that Tilly and Benjamin are a perfect match, they are both unaware of each other’s feelings. A lot of this book was spent with me wishing that they would just talk and be honest. However, there are a couple of flies in the romantic ointment. as Tilly discovers a relative that she was unaware of, and Benjamin finds a document which forces him to question his parent’s marriage.
As the story unfolds, we are faced with the complicated subject of families. How secrets can damage our lives and have an impact on those we care about. The most common problem with all relationships is a lack of communication, and this book illustrates how damaging that can be.
Helen J Rolfe has, once again, created a destination that makes me want to visit and maybe even move in. With a community that is made up of some incredibly kind souls, it’s a heart-warming village that draws the reader in. The beauty of Helen’s writing style is that we get to revisit the characters from the previous books in the series. Whilst this story can easily be read as a standalone, the rest of the series is worth checking out, and highly recommended.
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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