Every Christmas Lizzie promises herself that things will change and she will leap into the new year a new woman. And yet here she is again, at the beginning of December and nothing is different. Her girls have grown up and left home, her husband Henry is slumped in front of the TV and she is alone in the kitchen, seeking refuge in the cooking sherry and talking to her Gary Barlow calendar. She’s also been very diverted by handsome new neighbourMarcus and she knows she shouldn’t be …
So when best friend Ann suggests a weekend away in the country, Lizzie jumps at the chance. Will this Christmas escape give Lizzie some much needed perspective and allow her to mend her marriage? Or will Marcus prove to be too much of a distraction?
A funny feel good festive read about rediscovering the magic of Christmas - just the thing to curl up with on a cold winters night.
What everyone’s saying about Christie Barlow:
'What a corker of a book! Relatable, enticing, full of humour and drama in double doses and with a huge dollop of Christmas sprinkled in! It’s pace doesn’t slow down for a second, from the first page you are hooked!'I Blog Books
'Very relatable characters and a story written to make you laugh and cry makes this a great read!'Angry Grey Cat Reads
'An all round fun author to read!'Eat Your Books Out
‘This is an excellent book which swept me along so well that I read it in less than a day. I loved the characters and the story and will definitely be reading more by this author. This is definitely a book to read curled up with a mug of tea or hot chocolate.’ Bookloverwormblog
'A heartwarming and cosy countryside read with characters you will love' Rachael Lucas
‘I found this book really enjoyable, the author has an engaging writing style that managed to draw me into the storyline and the lives of our character. The storyline flowed at a great pace and I raced through the book in no time soaking up the wonderful detailed descriptions. I can see that fans of Cathy Bramley and Cathy Woodman would love this book.’ Rea's Book Reviews
‘Kitty's Countryside Dream will have you laughing and smiling one minute and then you'll feel it pulling at your heart strings. This really turned out to be a beautiful book …turning the pages and unravelling the story was very thought provoking.’ Crooks on Books
‘I didn’t want to put the book down.’ Best Crime Books and More
‘Kitty's Countryside Dream is a soul-boosting necessity. I have a suspicion it's been sprinkled with a little bit of magic, as on the darkest days it'll warm your cockles and make everything seem right with the world. So, get those wellies on and head for a new roost in the country in this delicious feel-good tale with a gorgeous soft centre.' Little Bookness Lane
'A fantastic story, one that will keep you reading long into the night, just to find out what happens. I loved every moment of it and some of the scenes, with chickens, will have you chuckling' Rachel's Random Reads
‘I was unable to put this book down. I read it within a day because I was so drawn in to the characters themselves it was like I knew them. I would completely recommend this book to anyone and everyone. Definitely a huge 5 stars!’ Katie's Reading Korner Review
'This had me gripped from the first chapter. It will have you laughing, crying and will just give you a warm feeling inside' Laura H Book Blog
Fans of Carole Matthews, Susan Wiggs and Scarlett Bailey – and anyone who loves the sound of Christmas songs and the sparkle of decorations on the tree – will adore this festive holiday treat!
Everyone loves Christmas – don’t they?
Carrie Blake loves her job as a nanny but, while her friends are settling down, all of Carrie’s spare time is spent with other people’s families. Though it breaks her heart, her New Year’s resolution is to embark on a new career and fix her love life.
As Carrie starts her last job, she’s sure she’ll be going out on a high – the house is amazing, the kids are adorable, and she’s in charge of decorating the tree!
The only problem could be her boss… single-dad, Adam Fletcher might be both handsome and successful, but he’s always working. Doesn’t he realise he’s missing out on precious moments with his son and daughter?
As Adam’s family arrive for Christmas including his sensitive sister, Sharon, and his fun-loving, elderly Grandpa, Walter, Carrie realises that she might just have found the perfect allies in her quest to persuade Adam to loosen up. There’s still time for Carrie to make this the best Christmas ever… after all, Christmas is the time for miracles, isn’t it? Let the festivities begin!
What readers are saying about A Christmas to Remember…
‘I instantly fell in love with this book and its characters, especially Carrie... I loved the way that she injected fun and Christmas spirit into the children and eventually Adam. This is a book that made me feel warm and cosy inside and I know I will want to read it every Christmas, it has the perfect mix of elements for a Christmas… So get on your big Christmas jumper, make yourself some hot cocoa, curl up by the fire and read it too! 5/5 That Thing She Reads
‘Jenny's character development was perfect, and I grew to know and love Carrie, the children, Adam, and his entire family more as I turned the pages… I cannot recommend this absolutely beautiful story enough. It is perfect for everyone, and I beg you to read it before Christmas rolls around. I feel like it's reinforced my Christmas beliefs once more. That the presents beneath the tree and the food on the table is definitely an advantage, but as long as you have your family around you, I really don't think that you need much more than that.’ Becca’s Books
‘A Christmas to Remember is a wonderful holiday story about love, life and learning to say yes to the things that matter most in your life. I absolutely adored this novel, it’s the perfect holiday romance!’ Life with Joy
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.
Read what everyone is saying about Christmas at Lilac Cottage:
‘Christmas is not yet around the corner, but I feel all-things-Christmassy right now, devouring this beautifully-written novel. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, smiling and giggling throughout the story, it's simply beautiful! It is the first time reading Holly Martin's works and I have fallen in love with it and her adorable characters.’ Lilac Diaries
‘Holly Martin has the ability to transport me into a big fat daydream for a few hundred pages … Fabulous with a capital F!’ Best Crime Books and More
‘Totally adorable and very entertaining … In short this is more than an entertaining romance.’ Shelly Back Books
‘I loved this sweet and gentle holiday love story and the descriptions of the cottage and the village made me feel like I was in White Cliff myself.’ For the Love of Books
‘When I started this book I felt I should be wrapped up In blanket with a roaring log fire and a mug of hot chocolate … I loved every page of it!’ The Book Review Café
‘Oh my God, I was laughing so much. But also some very heart-breaking and … well, fierce moments.’ Bookish Fever
‘I loved this book, I really did. I literally devoured it in one sitting … absolutely bulging at the seams with feel good factor.’ Voracious Reader
‘I loved everything about this book … will certainly have you looking forward to one of the most magical days of the year.’ By the Letter Book Reviews
‘Made my heart melt just a bit … I could not put the book down.’ Hokkerups Bogblog
‘I highly recommend this book, it’s wonderful. It’s one of those books that you can curl up with on a cold day and just escape, and when you’ve finished reading you feel all content and warm and smiley. 10/10.’ Rather Too Fond of Books
‘A mini Christmas miracle.’ Rachel’s Random Reads
‘This was such a wonderful, heart-warming Christmas romance and I loved every minute spent within the pages!... Christmas Wishes And Mistletoe Kisses" is sure to warm your heart this holiday season! FIVE stars.’Novels of the Heart
‘Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses’ is a wonderful, delightful, emotional read perfect for everyone. There’s a fair share of romance, however I can’t say this is strictly a romance book. It’s way beyond that! Little gem that everyone needs in their lives, bringing to their homes the festive spirit and Christmas magic. I adored it!’ This Chick Reads
‘What can I say apart from Jenny Hale knows how to write a Christmas book that sums up the feeling of the season completely… I couldn't stop myself just turning the pages to continue reading this bubble of festive goodness!’ Rachel’s Random Reads
‘If I had to pick among all of the amazing Christmas stories that are being offered to us this season – I would have to put Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses on the very top of my own Christmas List as a gift I would (and will) give to friends and family without hesitation.’ The Keeper Bookshelf
‘If you are after a warm, festive, heart warming story with genuinely nice characters and beautiful surroundings then this book is totally for you! When the characters laughed, I smiled. When the characters cried, I felt their emotion - it was brilliantly written!’ Lozza’s Book Corner
Christmas has always been a special time for Noelle Parker. Winter evenings spent with family and friends, drinking hot chocolate and eating cookies at her family’s cozy bakery have shaped her love for all things festive. But this year everything is changing …
The beloved bakery is facing closure and Noelle needs a miracle to save Christmas.
Determined to raise funds for the family business, Noelle begins revamping the bakery while juggling a surprise new job, caring for the elderly and cantankerous William Harrington in his luxurious, sprawling mansion.
As Noelle melts the frostiness of the house with cake baking, snowball fights and glittering decorations, she helps William to reconnect with a romance that has spanned decades and unexpectedly finds herself falling for his grandson - the gorgeous but mysterious Alexander Harrington …
In the countdown to Christmas, can Noelle save the bakery, reunite a family and create some magical memories of her own along the way?
Unwrap the feeling of Christmas in this beautiful novel celebrating friendship, family and love that lasts a lifetime. We’ll Always Have Christmas is the perfect treat for fans of Carole Matthews, Susan Mallery and Holly Martin.
Readers are falling in love with We’ll Always Have Christmas:
‘Wow, I have literally fallen in love with this book, a truly wonderful heartfelt read from start to finish. It was so much more than a romance story, had lots going on and I was pretty much glued to the pages throughout and couldn't turn the pages quick enough. I loved the Christmas cosy feel to it and the bakery and family history behind it was wonderful to read and discover. It really was the perfect read, and I didn't want it to end.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Jenny Hale and Christmas, the perfect combination! I absolutely adore the Christmas vibes in this story… It’s heartwarming, warm, cozy and just MAGICAL!!!’ Simona’s Corner of Dreams, 5 stars
‘So magical, so heart-warming, and so full of love. Do you think Jenny Hale's fictional characters would mind if I gate-crashed their Christmas? Beautifully written … We'll Always Have Christmas is THE festive treat to read this year.’ The Writing Garnet, 5 stars
‘This book has brought me so much joy that I can hardly contain myself! This is my first EVER Jenny Hale novel and it will NOT be my last! I loved every minute of it. The writing style and flow of words are terrific. The characters and romance are flawless. And the story as a whole is pure perfection. I felt everything that was happening here and I couldn't put it down for a moment. I truly loved it and highly recommend it. The perfect companion to snuggle up with by the fireplace with some hot chocolate or wine.’ Pretty Little Book Reviews, 5 stars
‘No one does feel good reading full of heartwarming beautiful romance and warm and magical Christmas' better than our very own Mrs. Claus, Jenny Hale. We'll Always Have Christmas is testament to that.’ The Book Geek Wears Pyjamas 5 stars
‘This book is easily the best Christmas book I have read so far this year, and has me really feeling the spirit of Christmas throughout.’ Rachel’s Random Reads, 5 stars
‘We'll Always Have Christmas by Jenny Hale is the perfect festive read - full of emotion with family loyalty, secrets, new beginnings and of course some romance. What Jenny Hale does so brilliantly is write with a whole heap of emotion and depth… A thoroughly enjoyable romantic novel to curl up with! Lozza’s Book Corner, 5 stars
‘A wonderful Christmas feast of a book, full of hope, love and sugar sprinkles. I loved it!’ Jen Med’s Book Reviews, 5 stars
‘Such a lovely cosy Christmassy story perfect to read by a roaring fire on a wintery day!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars