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Monday, 3 December 2018

#BookReview Christmas at Black Cherry Retreat by Angela Britnell #publicationday


About the book

A festive feel-good holiday read, perfect for fans of Kathryn Freeman, Lilly Bartlett, Tilly Tennant and Eve Devon. 

What if you had nowhere to call home for Christmas? 
When Fee Winter books a winter break at the remote Black Cherry Retreat in the small town of Pine Ridge, Tennessee, it’s with the idea that the peace and quiet will help her recuperate from her hectic life as a photographer. 

But what she didn’t bank on was meeting Tom Chambers and his huge, interfering yet lovable family. With them, could Fee finally experience the warmth and support that’s been missing from her own life – and maybe even find a place to call home in time for Christmas? 


Published by Choc Lit

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MY REVIEW

Hands off Tom - he's mine!!! OK, well Fee may have an issue with that declaration but I do love finding a book where you can have a huge crush on one of the characters - and Tom Chambers is the object of my desire after reading this wonderful story from Angela Britnell.

Fee Chambers has had a career that has pushed her to the limits - both physically and mentally - as a photographer, and for the sake of her health she has been told to get away from it all.  So where better to end up than the middle of nowhere at the Black Cherry Retreat in Tennessee.  Surrounding a lake and hidden away, she turns up to spend some time recovering from the grief and stress she has been put under in recent months.

She's greeted by the manager of the cabins, Tom Chambers, and he's very unlike anyone she's met before.  He's part of a very loving and huge family who seem to run the local town, from the police department to the cafe, and Fee does feel a little overwhelmed to begin with as she starts to meet various members of the family.  

Tom has his own grief to deal with after losing his wife in tragic circumstances, and he still doesn't seem quite ready to move on despite his family encouraging him that it is time.  But there's something about Fee that he can't quite put his finger on, but she's different and slowly getting under his skin - despite her unorthodox home made sandwiches!

I found these characters ones that you could instantly connect with - they're trying to move on with their lives but tragic events of the past are difficult to shake off, and sometimes it takes a slower pace of life and a change of scenery to help you let go of the pain.  It's not a totally tranquil place to escape too with some dangerous criminals on the loose, but the added tension helps strengthen the bond that forms between Tom and Fee. They're complicated souls in their own ways but I think their shared experiences help them feel less alone.

The Chambers family are lots of fun too - there's tons of them! Little Lulu was one of my favourites and just so sweet! They are a great support to Tom and also help Fee in her time of need when she's trying to learn more about her father as well.

A fabulous festive story to be enjoyed at any time of year!!

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