Fantastic Fiction Review: Christmas has always been a sad time for young widow Holly Brown, so when she's asked to look after a remote house on the Lancashire moors, the opportunity to hide herself away is irresistible -- the perfect excuse to forget about the festivities. Sculptor, Jude Martland, is determined that this year there will be no Christmas after his brother runs off with his fiancee and he is keen to avoid the family home. However, he will have to return by Twelfth Night, when the hamlet of Little Mumming hold their historic festivities and all of his family are required to attend. Meanwhile, Holly is finding that if she wants to avoid Christmas, she has come to the wrong place. When Jude unexpectedly returns on Christmas Eve he is far from delighted to discover that Holly seems to be holding the very family party he had hoped to avoid. Suddenly, the blizzards come out of nowhere and the whole village is snowed in. With no escape, Holly and Jude get much more than they bargained for -- it looks like the twelve days of Christmas are going to be very interesting indeed!
If you want a feel good book to put you in the Christmas mood this is just the book and I loved it right from the beginning. Trisha Ashley has a great writing style scattered with humour and wit. The main character, Holly was very likeable as were the other characters. I loved the descriptive text. I could image the rambling house in the middle of nowhere, taste the food as it was described and loved all the detail about the Christmas preparations and the quirky characters. Most of my books are quickly passed onto others to read but this one will certainly be a keeper.
I have decided to continue with the chicklit challenge during 2012 so hopefully lots my book reviews to come.