Thursday 10 November 2022

Book Review: The Christmas Holiday by Phillipa Ashley

The Christmas Holiday by Phillipa Ashley book cover
AD* | She’s planned the perfect Christmas. But fate might have other ideas...

Krystle didn’t have a normal childhood and longed for warm family Christmases with presents under the tree. Now she makes sure everyone else has the perfect Christmas she never had, bringing beautiful decorations to cheer as many people as possible.

With her festive business booming, she decides to celebrate by renting a secluded house in the Lakes, with a plan to make this the ultimate yuletide getaway.

But fate immediately throws a spanner in the works in the form of a broken-down car, a flooded river and Max; a man who despises Christmas.

Krystle becomes determined to show Max the joys of the holiday. She won’t take no for an answer.

Can she melt Max’s Grinch-like heart? And can he show her that life doesn’t need to go to plan to take you somewhere magical...

The perfect read to get you in the festive spirit, The Christmas Holiday is another heartwarming romance read from Phillipa Ashley.

The main character is Krys, who is hoping for a relaxing Christmas in the Lake District with her boyfriend. However, it soon transpires that fate has other things in store for Krys. Kicking off her stay with a rocky start and a run of bad luck, she wonders why she came to the Lakes. Was it a mistake? Fortunately for Krys, however, the arrival of the handsome but enigmatic Max might just get her Christmas back on track...

Krys and Max's relationship is interesting because it's so multi-faceted. On the surface, they are merely cordial to one another as temporary neighbours. However, dig deeper and there's a sense of curiosity and interest in the wildly different lives the other leads. Krys and Max are drawn to one another, and this makes for a compelling read.

I also loved the mountain rescue subplot. Max is a volunteer in the local mountain rescue team - as are many of the other villagers Krys meets in the Lakes. This part of the story seems very genuine and well-researched, adding extra realism to the story whilst also highlighting the vital, and often life-saving, work that these brave volunteers do in real life.

The Christmas Holiday is an enjoyable read and it certainly got me feeling ready for Christmas!

Rating: 3 stars

The Christmas Holiday is available to buy now.

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* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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