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What if you had nowhere to call home for Christmas? When Fee Winter books a winter break at the remote Black Cherry Retreat in the small town of Pine Ridge, Tennessee, it’s with the idea that the peace and quiet will help her recuperate from her hectic life as a photographer. But what she didn’t bank on was meeting Tom Chambers and his huge, interfering yet lovable family. With them, could Fee finally experience the warmth and support that’s been missing from her own life – and maybe even find a place to call home in time for Christmas?
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I don’t usually read chick-lit or romances that aren’t based in the UK. The author though is originally from Cornwall, and the blurb and cover looked so enticing I thought I would give it a go! The book does give the impression that the book is based mainly around Christmas, but it’s probably based more around the American Fall season, taking in Halloween,Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Fee Winters is a busy photographer who books a winter break at the Black Cherry Retreat in the hope that she can have some peace, quiet,rest and relaxation! Whilst there she meets Tom Chambers, the owner of the Retreat, who is still recovering following the death of his wife. Tom’s very large family live within the town where the Retreat is based and whilst they are all so nice, they also all like to take an interest in Tom’s life.
I was expecting a festive romance, full of pine trees, huge snow drifts and big family groups gathered round a Christmas turkey! Whilst this book had some of those things, it wasn’t quite the light hearted chick lit I was expecting and had a little bit of crime and mystery thrown in for good measure. Putting that aside, I did enjoy the book and it made a refreshing change to read a romance book which wasn’t based in the UK! The main characters were likeable,and I did feel a connection with Fee Winters. Tom was a bit more of an enigma with the mystery of his wife’s murder and his emotions and feelings in dealing with that but he was still a lovely character with an even lovelier family! There were a lot of characters, as Tom had a very large family, but it was all easy to follow and not confusing as some books tend to be when there is a large character list!
The main thing that made the book for me was the location and descriptions of the area where the retreat was set. It sounded absolutely divine and as I was reading I could imagine this place in my mind! I think we take things so much for granted back here in the UK and, for me anyway, we are never far from a main road, big shop or a Wi-Fi connection! There seemed to be a lack of these things and I’m not sure whether I would be able to cope with that, but it did paint a very good picture as to what life in some areas of America is really like!!
It was an enjoyable read which took me away from cold and windy UK to an even colder USA for a few hours. Tom and Fee were definitely characters which really stood out for me and I loved the connection they had together. It’s a heart-warming story filled with love, family and friendships, perfect for cold winter’s evening!
Angela grew up in Cornwall, England and returns frequently from her new home in Nashville, Tennessee. A lifelong love of reading turned into a passion for writing contemporary romance and her novels are usually set in the many places she’s visited or lived on her extensive travels. After more than three decades of marriage to her American husband she’s a huge fan of transatlantic romance and always makes sure her characters get their own happy-ever-after. Over the last twelve years she’s been multi-published and sold over 25 novels. She also writes short stories for women’s magazines. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, the Romance Writers of America and the Music City Romance Writers.