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Ah man. I hate being that person. That is, the first person to give a negative review of a book. I just didn’t love this one!
Look, I probably should have checked my review of A Summer Escape and Strawberry Cake at the Cosy Kettle, the second book in this series, before I requested this one. I thought I had given that one four stars, and that this one would be much the same. But actually, it was only a 3-star read for me, and I think I had a lot of the same issues with this one.
It started out well. I found Becca really relatable at first. But her inability to see that Logan was usiing her combined with letting the book club crew walk over her and insist on helping her (“they’re being kind” she says as they push her into something she’s not entirely comfortable with for the fifth time) just made her feel more like a doormat after a while.
Most of the side characters were pretty one dimensional. I ddi mention in my review of the previous book that I thought Stanley was a bit over the top, and that feeling continued in this one. He was pushy, and inserted himself into situations he had no real right to be in. While I understood Becca’s anxieties about her twin sister and thought they were well-written, Jasmine herself was irritating. I guess she was supposed to be a little, though.
A lot of the complications in the second half of the book would be alleviated if the characters just talked to one another. I get that it’s difficult to tell someone you have feelings for them, but a quck “Are you and my sister a couple?” would have helped.
And given that Logan was booking the Cosy Kettle for one night only, it seemed odd that Becca spent a good couple of weeks leading up to his party redecorating the cafe to his requirements.
I feel like such a Grinch giving a feel-good holiday romance a bad review, but I guess at the end of the day I just had too many niggles to really enjoy.
(Thank you to Bookouture for sending a free copy my way in exchange for an honest review)
Running from heartbreak, twenty-five-year-old Becca has moved to the cosy village of Honeyford. Living with her best friend Zac in a little stone cottage, and serving mince pies and steaming gingerbread lattes at the Cosy Kettle, is the perfect escape from her past.
But starting over isn’t always plain sailing, and Becca’s shyness is holding her back from making her mark on the café. To make matters worse, her crush on blond-haired, blue-eyed local heartthrob Logan gets stronger by the day – but he can barely remember her name. So as the snow starts to fall in Honeyford, Becca has one big Christmas wish: to completely reinvent herself. Becca dreams of bringing the Cosy Kettle success and finding romance with Logan under the mistletoe.
As she gets a makeover, cosies up to Logan over mulled wine and plans the most festive celebration the café has ever seen, Becca wonders why she waited so long to step out of her comfort zone… Zac, on the other hand, thought she was perfect before – always caring for others – and he misses the quirky girl with the bright blue hair.
When Logan turns out to not be all he seems, Becca is left wondering if he’s really the one for her. With her party plans also going awry, can Becca save her beloved Cosy Kettle in time for Christmas? And has the key to her happiness been in front of her all along?
Even though this is quite a short story and I could see where it was headed, I really enjoyed this heartwarming book
This really is a heartwarming very well written novel. Christmas in a small town in the Cotswolds, what's not to love when it is set in such a beautiful place. The characters come to life and you can imagine yourself taking part in the Cosy Kettle. adventure.. This is 5 star reading and I recommend you get your hands on a copy and snuggle up with a lovely hot chocolate and enjoy this as I have done. Well done Liz Eeles
This is my first book by the author and I was hooked with the story and characters. So much so that I have ordered the other 2 books in this mini series. The Christmas Wish is the 3rd and last book of the Cosy Kettle. Thank you Liz for writing such an enjoyable read with a great story ,hence my 5/5 stars.
Becca’s story is a good ending to the cosy kettle series. Initially I wasn’t sure that I was going to get into the story but one I empathised with Becca I was rooting for her all the way. All the surrounding characters make this a great book to snuggle down to on a cold evening. Well written Liz.
I have loved reading these books, really sorry to be leaving all the different characters behind and it's the end of the series. Really looking forward to another series of books from Liz and getting to know a new set of colourful characters, I know I won't be disappointed.
I do so love Liz Eeles stories. This is the last book in her Cosy Kettle series and I really will miss being a part of the lives of the regulars at the cafe. Liz Eeles has such a natural writing style, she draws one into her stories. I look forward to her next book.
Liz has such a lovely way of writing that you are enveloped into the characters right from the beginning. You are with them all on their journey and are totally lost in the plot. A fabulous, easy-reading and cuddly book that you want to sit and read from start to finish in one go. Loved it!