A Vicarage Christmas by Kate Hewitt is a very short book, more of a novella. Evidently there will be a series focusing on the Holley Sisters. In this book the focus is Anna Holley. She lives in Manchester but a Christmas visit brings her home for the first time in years. Her childhood home is the vicarage in Thornthwaite situated in beautiful Cumbria. I have a soft spot for any book set in Cumbria as my ancestral roots are there.
Anna loves her home and has many wonderful memories with the exception of a haunting memory of her brother Jamie’s death. She also suffers from a bit of social anxiety and avoids crowds and gatherings when she can. Being Christmas time and her father is the vicar…well, there will be people gathering at the vicarage.
Anna decides to step out during a party, heads to the pub and meets a nice man named Simon. With the prompting from Simon and a pint of cider, and Anna thinking she will never see this man again, she pours her heart out about her anxiety and her family. You can see where this will go, right? In this genre you can predict how things will turn out but it’s still a lovely romp through a beautiful landscape, snow, love and forgiveness.
I won a copy of this eBook from LibraryThing. Thanks LT!
A Yorkshire Christmas
If you want a quick read with the Christmas theme and a setting in England then this book is perfect for you. Incidentally, this is a wholesome romance without explicit language or scenes so, family friendly reading here.
My preference is Kate Hewitt’s women’s fiction – Rainy Day Sisters is also set in Cumbria and that was my favorite of the books I’ve read by this author.
Linking up with Joy’s British Isles Friday