Author: Lily Graham
Release Date: 28 September 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
The Blurb: Nestled in the Cornish village of Cloudsea, sits Sea Cottage – the perfect place for some Christmas magic …
At last Ivy is looking forward to Christmas. She and her husband Stuart have moved to their perfect little cottage by the sea – a haven alongside the rugged cliffs that look out to the Atlantic Ocean. She’s pregnant with their much-longed for first baby and for the first time, since the death of her beloved mother, Ivy feels like things are going to be alright.
But there is trouble ahead. It soon emerges that Stuart has been keeping secrets from Ivy, and suddenly she misses her mum more than ever.
When Ivy stumbles across a letter from her mother hidden in an old writing desk, secrets from the past come hurtling into the present. But could her mother’s words help Ivy in her time of need? Ivy is about to discover that the future is full of unexpected surprises and Christmas at Sea Cottage promises to be one to remember.
Illustrator Ivy has hit the big time with her children’s book series The Fudge Files, enabling her and husband Simon to leave the fast-paced world of the city behind to return home to Cornwall.
Moving into their home by the sea, Stuart has left his life in marketing behind and found himself thriving as he toils in his little cottage business. Growing produce at his smallholding and jamming his results, sometimes with better results than others.
Lily Graham has penned a novel that whilst being uplifting and hopeful, is also heart-breaking and sad. The underlying sadness and loneliness that Ivy feels as she desperately misses her free-spirited mum, starkly juxtaposed with the hard-faced ‘Terrorist’ that is Stuart’s mother.
Genevieve is a micro-manager who can’t understand why they would leave behind lucrative city careers to downsize and live in the Cornish countryside. Steadfast in her belief that she has their best interests at heart when she decides to tell Ivy some ‘home truths’. Setting in motion a host of dominoes that just keep falling.
Luckily Ivy has been hearing a voice, and seeing the words of her mother giving her comfort in the night, but then the unthinkable happens…and her voice goes away.
This wasn’t the Christmas book that I expected to be reading for this blog. But it is one I am glad that I persevered with. Incredibly slow to build, I can see that time was spent laying all the parts out for an elaborate jigsaw where you can’t see the whole picture until the last piece slots in.
A Cornish Christmas isn’t your average Christmas novel nor is it a romance-by-numbers affair. This is something different and has its own festive magic.