Jessica Ridley’s life has just been turned upside-down – and not in a good way! So when blast-from-the-past Tristan Ludworth invites her to stay at Bluebell Castle and transform it into a winter wonderland, it’s the perfect distraction for Jess and her two young children…
Jess is used to planning even the most elaborate events in her sleep, but she certainly didn’t expect to be working so closely with Tristan at the castle – or that she could still find him quite so handsome after all this time!
And with a little holiday magic in the air, it’s becoming harder and harder to resist his charms. Can Tristan convince Jess to give love one more chance, just in time for Christmas?
Jess is on the up and up with her job. She also has a huge crush on her colleague, Tristan. Then, when they are on the verge of taking things beyond flirting, Jess leaves and both their lives take different directions.
Years later and Tristan and Jess’s paths cross again. Tristan has left London and returned to Bluebell Castle to help run his family estate. When he finds out that Jess’s marriage has ended and she needs a job and sanctuary for herself and her two boys, he offers Jess a job.
Starlight over Bluebell Castle is the third novel in the Bluebell Castle series. It can be read as a standalone novel if, like me, you’ve not read any of the previous books. I do want to read them though.
Set at Christmas, I really felt like I was there at the castle as the festive season kicked in. I really wish I could visit this place. Festive feelings aplenty.
Jess and Tristan are wonderful main characters. The book is told from both point of views which gives a nice, rounded story development.
All the surrounding characters are brilliant and as I said, I will be reading Iggy and Arthur’s stories at some point for sure.
I will not say too much more about the plot but Starlight over Bluebell Castle is a beautiful, warm, uplifting story of love, family, second chances and the magic of Christmas.
It’s a perfect addition to your Christmas book shelf.
Sarah Bennett has been reading for as long as she can remember. Raised in a family of bookworms, her love affair with books of all genres has culminated in the ultimate Happy Ever After – getting to write her own stories to share with others.
Born and raised in a military family, she is happily married to her own Officer (who is sometimes even A Gentleman). Home is wherever he lays his hat, and life has taught them both that the best family is the one you create from friends as well as relatives.
When not reading or writing, Sarah is a devotee of afternoon naps and sailing the high seas, but only on vessels large enough to accommodate a casino and a choice of restaurants.
Sarah is the author of the Butterfly Cove, Lavender Bay and Bluebell Castle trilogies, published by HQ Digital UK.
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