Christmas at Lilac Cottage by Holly Martin Review

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Welcome to the charming seaside town of White Cliff Bay, where Christmas is magical and love is in the air…

Penny Meadows loves her home – a cosy cottage decorated with pretty twinkling fairy lights and stunning views over the town of White Cliff Bay. She also loves her job as an ice-carver, creating breathtaking sculptures. Yet her personal life seems frozen.

When Henry and daughter Daisy arrive at the cottage to rent the annex, Penny is determined to make them feel welcome. But while Daisy is friendly, Henry seems guarded.

As Penny gets to know Henry, she realises there is more to him than meets the eye. And the connection between them is too strong to ignore…

While the spirit of the season sprinkles its magic over the seaside town and preparations for the ice sculpting competition and Christmas eve ball are in full swing, can Penny melt the ice and allow love in her heart? And will this finally be the perfect Christmas she’s been dreaming of?

Like a creamy hot chocolate with marshmallows, you won’t want to put this deliciously heartwarming novel down.

Spend the perfect Christmas in White Cliff Bay this year. Snowflakes on Silver Cove coming very soon.


What a lovely book to kick off the Christmas reading season! This charming story about love and the festive season is charming, sweet and very romantic.

I really liked Henry and Penny’s characters. They seemed to just be drawn to one another from the start and it was lovely to see their relationship blossom throughout the story. Daisy was adorable too; who wouldn’t love her?! I liked the fact that Penny was an ice-carver as that’s not an occupation you see in many books, Christmas or otherwise! Throughout the story, it’s clear that both Henry and Penny have been hurt before and need to learn to open their hearts to love again. As the story unfolds, you’re left wondering if they can overcome their insecurities and be happy again, which makes for a very compelling read.

I would recommend this wonderful story as the perfect beginning to your Christmas TBR pile. If you like your festive reads romantic and sweet, this could be for you!


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