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Christmas at Aunt Elsie's: a delightfully festive, feel-good romance and the perfect Christmas treat. (Seahorse Harbour Book 2) Kindle Edition
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- File size : 7989 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 307 pages
- Publication date : September 30, 2020
- Publisher : Crescent Gate Publishing (September 30, 2020)
- ASIN : B08DHWYY45
- Language: : English
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,327 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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And after two years, Clark dumped her, saying he had to "find himself," and went skiing with his friends. Oh, he also said he thought it would be best for her to leave the company. They had a loud, fairly destructive breakup, in the office.
The other partners were nice about, all things considered, but obviously she was out immediately.
Then a Christmas card and round-robin letter reminds Charlotte--Lottie--of her Aunt Elsie. Aunt by marriage, widow of her mother's brother Eric, who died shortly before Lottie was born. Despite relatively little contact over the years, since, her mother had always told her to remember that Elsie was a wonderful, caring woman, and would always be there if Lottie needed her. She decides to go to Seahorse Harbour for Christmas, and see her aunt.
She's not sure how her aunt or anyone else will react, since she hasn't called, emailed, or written about her plans, but the owner of the B&B she's staying in is welcoming and encouraging--and quite a gossip, but not of the malicious variety. Lottie is taking her dog, Merry, out for her walk when she runs into a gorgeous hunk who turns out to be Asher Bryant, the local vet. When she does meet Elsie again, and starts to meet her cousins-in-law, the daughters of Elsie's sister, Tippy, she starts to get a real sense of family that she doesn't feel entitled to.
There's a lot of drama going on in that family, at the moment. Diana, the older of the two sisters, has separated from her husband, Alex, after his flagrant infidelity. But his mother has just been killed in a hit and run accident--in fact, Lottie arrived just in time to see the funeral going on not far from the B&B. Now, Alex says he "needs" her, and that he has Learned Better. Will Diana take him back? When Elsie and Alex are both injured in unrelated accidents, Lottie moves into Elsie's cottage temporarily to take care of her--and discovers a shocking family secret.
It's a very warm family drama, and a wonderful romance, and a very dog-friendly story.
I received a free electronic galley of this book from the publisher, and am reviewing it voluntarily.
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.
I received a copy of this book for an honest review.
I loved Lottie and Merry as soon as we are introduced to them. Lottie is someone, if real, I know we would hit it off and be great friends. Being an owner of a spaniel, for me an English Springer Spaniel, I especially loved this furry companion who brings some humour in their actions and Merry certainly has bags of personality.
Having read the first book set in the seaside village, it was great to catch up with some of the characters whilst meeting new ones. Through Lottie there is lots of new friendships blossoming as well as a few hot looking men on the scene, although most seem to be taken! It’s hard not to try and visualise some of these male characters and be whisked away into fantasy land. Sadly as with all good things they come to an end and you end up coming back down to earth with a bump.
Christmas At Aunt Elsie’s is a lovely read set at the coldest time of the year. Whilst it might be cold outside, this is a story that will warm your heart and leave you feeling all cosy inside. Filled full of new friendships, romance and some surprises in store, this is yet another wonderful book by an author who is a firm favourite of mine.
This story has all the Christmas magic you need. Love at first sight, secrets from the past, a cozy English seaside village, and of course, a lovable dog are just a few of the many things that make this quick read a winner.
You can find more on my website, where I’ve shared a full review.
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I love that Emily Harvale often writes a few books featuring the same characters and Lottie & Merry arrival in this story are excellent additions to those we met in the summer.
A wonderful festive read that will have you reaching for the brandy to lace your hot chocolate and pulling out your supplies to make mince pies. This story oozed Christmas festivities set against a wonderful seaside view.
I really hope there will be another visit to these wonderful characters as I loved this story!
I loved this heart warming, romantic, honest, and wintry book. Secrets have been revealed, new relationships and friendships have been formed and I’m left wanting more from the residents and visitors to Seahorse Harbour.
You won’t regret buying this book, you can read Summer at my Sisters first or you can read this as a stand-alone.
I cried, I laughed, I smiled and I devoured this book, you will too.
I love the characters in the book and your drawn into the story it’s like your actually there
I can imagine what the village is like
We met Elsie in summer at my sisters and this time we get to know her more
Can’t wait to hear more of the residents of seahorse harbour
Well done Emily harvale