This post makes my organised mind happy. Not only does this mean I am doing my second review for a blog tour this year, it also falls on a Sunday which is when I post reviews anyway. Happy, happy, happy. Anyway, without further ado...
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.
First thing first: I received a free copy of this book to take part in the tour with a review. All opinions are my own.
This cover. I love the colours, they blend together to perfectly and the cake just looks good enough to eat! The only thing I don’t like is the way the character on the front is drafted, but that’s totally personal preference and overall it wouldn’t stop me from picking up a copy of this book in a store if I saw it. The blurb however, just makes my mouth water. I mean, who wouldn’t want to know what going to happen to Mille between the rough estate manager and the handsome man from the Caribbean? So many possibilities. As the first book in the series it sets the scene perfectly and is full of surprises along the way.
Mille’s plans are thrown when her sister has to drop their Christmas plans as the last second due to family illness. This leads Millie to take on a Christmas cookery course in a manor house in England, far from her life and home in France. When she arrives there is a huge snow storm and Millie is stuck there with the Cookery course cancelled.
While it might not be a bog standard romance, it's a story with complex characters and a perfect twist that makes you think - what?! I loved it and found it easy to read while still making me want to return to it.
Lindsey Paley is a Yorkshire girl and author of contemporary romance novels with page-turning plotlines and satisfying endings. When not scribbling away in her peppermint and cream writer's retreat (shed) she loves baking cakes, enjoying a spot of afternoon tea with friends and taking long walks in the countryside. Snowflakes and Christmas Cakes is the first book in the Camille Carter series set in the beautiful Lake District and the Caribbean. The latest in the series is April Showers and Wedding Flowers and is out now.