At Christmas, everything is possible!
Christmas at Aunt Elsie’s by Emily Harvale is a lovely Christmas story about forgiving and accepting people as they are.
Our thanks to the author and Rachel Random Resources for the advanced reader’s copy.
Print Length: 196 pages
Publisher: Crescent Gate Publishing (September 30, 2020)
A distant relative. A blizzard. A Christmas of surprises.
Lottie Short isn’t looking forward to Christmas. Her boyfriend has dumped her and she’s also lost her job. Lottie and her beloved spaniel, Merry, are facing the festive season – and a bleak future, alone.
But a Christmas card and round-robin letter give Lottie hope. And as the first snowflakes fall, she’s on her way to the tiny seaside village of Seahorse Harbour to visit her distant aunt. She’ll stay in a cosy B&B and get some bracing, sea air. That might lift her spirits.
What she doesn’t plan for is a blizzard, her aunt taking a fall, or the dramas unfolding all around her. But at least there’s a warm welcome at Aunt Elsie’s cottage … and a roaring log fire in the village pub.
That’s not all that might bring a rosy glow to Lottie’s cheeks. Asher Bryant, the local vet is pretty hot, and Lottie also hits it off with another visitor to Seahorse Harbour. This festive season might be better than she hoped.
And when Lottie gets more than one surprise this Christmas, perhaps she and Merry won’t be spending the New Year on their own.
From the Publisher’s Blurb
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Lottie lost her parents a few years back, and her boyfriend had just broken up with her taking her job with him (she used to work for his company).
Alone with her dog Merry, Lottie decided to spend the holidays with a distant aunt on the coast.
Despite not being close to Aunt Elsie, Charlotte knew she was well regarded by her parents. During her parent’s funeral, Aunt Elsie had insisted Charlotte should come and spend some time with her. Christmas seemed the perfect time to finally pay a visit.
Seahorse Harbour is a lovely town, and Charlotte was happy to meet her aunt Elsie (by marriage to her long-deceased uncle) and her two cousins Josie and Diane.
Starved of love and family, Lottie rejoices in the company of Elsie, Josie, and Diane, and feels connected to the place in a way she never felt before.
She also met a very handsome veterinarian that was making her forget she ever had an ex-boyfriend.
But some old secrets were about to resurface and could ruin her recent found happiness and her sense of family and love.
The story is emotional and inspiring. Lottie had to find deep within the strength to deal with all the pain life threw in her path. I love how she put aside her justifiable anger and chose to forgive and love.
Christmas at Aunt Elsie’s is a lovely holiday read about dealing with grief and accepting things that happened in the past and cannot be changed.
Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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About the Author
Emily writes novels, novellas and short stories about friendship, family and falling in love. She believes in love at first sight and she loves a happy ending but knows that life doesn’t always go to plan. Her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.
Emily loves to connect with her readers. In addition to her newsletter, she has a readers’ group on Facebook, where she shares all her latest news and even gets readers involved in choosing titles, book covers and more. To catch up with Emily, find out about the group, or connect with her on social media, go to her website at https://www.emilyharvale.com
Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she writes full-time. She’s a member of the SoA, an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. When not writing, Emily says she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, but she’s more likely to be found with friends, enjoying a glass of wine or a cup of coffee, and definitely some cake. Emily has two mischievous rescue cats, Beatrix and Portia, who like to sprawl across her keyboard, regardless of whether Emily is typing on it, or not.