When Christmas-hating Sam moves to Holly Cross, he thinks he’s found the perfect home, until he discovers that, each year, Holly Cross transforms into the most Christmassy village in the whole country…
Blythe is just one sale away from being Real Estate Agent of the Month, so she twists the truth to sell a home to city boy Sam, who is looking for the perfect house in the perfect location. Little does he know he’s just bought a cottage in the middle of the most Christmassy village in the country. And if there’s one thing Sam loathes, it’s Christmas.
Sam’s arrival puts Holly Cross’s chance to win the title of Britain’s Most Perfect Christmas Village now in jeopardy, and the villagers are soon up in arms. Meanwhile, Sam is in his own personal hell surrounded by fairy lights and everyone is looking to Blythe to fix things.
But as the festive season looms, maybe there’s more than just Christmas in Holly Cross for Sam to fall in love with…
Blythe is determined to make twelve months as the top estate agent but to make it and beat her annoying colleague, she must tell a small lie. It’s not going to come back to bite her…. right?
I’m always excited when a new book by Bella Osborne is released and it being Christmas themed just made it all the better. I was so pleased to be invited onto the blog tour for The Perfect Christmas Village and couldn’t wait to get reading.
It’s not hard to fall in love with Holly Cross and I’d love to visit whatever village inspired it. The description of the lights, the fayre and village green just sounded beautiful. I adore the build up to Christmas and this village sounds right up my street. It reminded me of Beaulieu in the New Forest.
Blythe is a lovely character. Yes, she has things from her past that are affecting her present, but she felt realistic, and I love how she throws herself into community life.
Vicky is also fighting what life is throwing at her, but she has her daughter, Eden and, for the most part, feels like the luckiest person in the world. If only life would cut her a break every now and then.
The plot moved well and went in a direction I was not expecting. I fell quickly into the story and read well into the night. Who needs sleep when there is a festive Bella Osborne novel.
This book is a wonderful, heart-warming tale of love, friendship, family, and community in a beautiful festive village setting. It’s also a reminder to have faith and the courage to leave your past behind and leap toward the future.
Thanks to Aria, Rachel’s Random Resources and Netgalley for the advanced review copy in exchange for an honest review.
About Bella Osborne –
Bella has been jotting down stories as far back as she can remember but decided that 2013 would be the year that she finished a full length novel. Since then she’s written nine best-selling romantic comedies, two best-selling bookclub reads and won the RNA Romantic Comedy Novel of the Year Award.
Bella’s stories are about friendship, love and coping with what life throws at you. She lives in Warwickshire, UK with her husband, daughter and a cat who thinks she’s a dog. When not writing Bella is usually eating custard creams and planning holidays.
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