It’s November now, which means it’s edging closer to winter. And you know what winter brings… Christmas! That means that it’s practically already Christmas. Okay, maybe not. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to get into the Christmas spirit this year. To start off the Christmas season early, I’m taking part in the blog tour for Snowflakes and Christmas Cakes by Lindsey Paley. Here’s my review!
When all-round buttercream princess, Millie Carter, becomes stranded at Craiglea Manor Cookery School, she believes her chance of enjoying a merry festive season is over.
The village of Aisford is Christmas-card perfect, but Millie hates it – she hates the snow, her freezing fingertips, and being forced to look like her Aunt Marjory in a mud-splattered wax jacket and wellies instead of her beloved shorts and sparkly sandals.
She plots her escape but ends up locking spatulas with the estate manager, Fergus McKenzie, who is forced to rescue her before she succumbs to a severe dose of hyperthermia. Things start to improve with the arrival of handsome Sam Morgan, fresh from the beaches and rum shacks of the Caribbean.
Can Millie accept her fate? And will Aisford sprinkle some of its seasonal magic on her troubles?
Snowflakes and Christmas Cakes is a festive story of love and friendship and reaching for the buttercream icing and edible glitter when life gets tough.
I really didn’t know what to expect when I started reading this book. I really have to be in the right mood to read a chick-lit book. Luckily, I was in the mood for something lighthearted and easy to read. That’s exactly what this was! It was so nice to read a book that I didn’t have to concentrate too much on.
The story follows Millie, who loves to bake. Her sister Nicole’s father-in-law is in hospital, and she must go to France to look after him. Nicole is supposed to teach a cooking class at Craiglea Manor Cookery School, but asks Millie to take over for her. However, when Millie arrives at Craiglea, the winter weather is worse than ever. The class is cancelled, leaving Millie stranded.
“The descriptions of the location, the family-run cafe and the homely village pub made me want to pack up and move there for Christmas.”
Millie hates the wintery village in the Lake District. She’s used to living in the South of France, surrounded by sunny beaches and palm trees. I couldn’t disagree with Millie more – the cute village in the Lake District sounds like my idea of a dream! The descriptions of the location, the family-run cafe and the homely village pub made me want to pack up and move there for Christmas.
Throughout the book, we’re introduced to a group of characters who all live in the village. I liked all of them! I don’t think there was a single character I didn’t like! They all got along so well and it really emphasised the friendly community feel of the village. Often, in chick-lit books, I can find the characters a bit bland and boring. In this book, there were some twists that made the characters the very opposite of boring. They all had their secrets and their hidden sides, and it made them seem more real and believable.
“[The ending] took a turn that I did not see coming, and I couldn’t put the book down until I finished it!”
As for the ending, I wasn’t expecting it at all. The last 30% or so of the book suddenly took a turn that I did not see coming, and I couldn’t put the book down until I finished it! I’m not going to tell you what happens, though. If you want a shock ending that completely changes the whole feel of the story, you’ll just have to read it yourself… 😉
I really enjoyed this book and I’ve not long discovered that it’s part of a series. At only £1.99 on Amazon, I’ll de
finitely be getting the next one!
You can get Snowflakes and Christmas Cakes for FREE on Amazon if you have Kindle Unlimited. Or even if you don’t, it’s only 99p! Buy the book here. (affiliate link)