This book did not fit any of my challenge criteria.
Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher as part of a blog tour in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way affected my opinion of the book, nor the outcome of this 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?
What I liked:
If there was ever a perfect book for curling up by the fire, this is the one. It’s filled with Christmas images, and you’ll really feel the winter vibe from this.
Naurally, as Millie is a chef, there are some fantastic descriptions of the foods featured. Don’t read this on an empty stomach.
This light, quick, and fast-paced novella is the first in a series, and will definitely make another appearance.
What I didn’t like:
Millie was a little much at the start of the book – who doesn’t come to a snowy village with at least a heavy coat?
I would have really loved to have seen some recipes for the food Millie makes throughout the book. There are so many I want to attempt.
Out of five:
Four. A fabulously festive read, and the perfect beginning to what I feel will be a great series.