Christmas at Conwenna Cove by Darcie Boleyn @DarcieBoleyn

About this book…

A heartwarming, romantic and Christmassy novel set in the gorgeous Cornish village of Conwenna Cove.

When Grace Phillips travels to Conwenna Cove to help her parents move there 30 years after their honeymoon in the village, she sees why they fell in love with the place. The festive decorations, carols in the air and constant supply of delicious mince pies certainly make it hard to leave. Grace soon meets local vet Oli Davenport and initially finds him rude, but learning about his passion for animals and how much he cares for his two kids helps Grace to see a softer side to Oli.

It’s been two years since Oli lost his wife to cancer. Though he loves eleven-year-old Amy and five-year-old Tom more than anything it’s hard to be mum and dad. He has no interest in romance until he crosses paths with beautiful and kind-hearted Grace. The sparks fly but both Oli and Grace are holding onto fear about letting someone into their heart.

As the snow falls and Christmas wishes come true can Conwenna Cove work its magic and help Grace and Oli find the happiness they both deserve?

My review…

Darcie Boleyn is now one of my go to authors, one I know will never disappoint me and that I can pick up one of her books and be transported immediately to another world. I have to say that world normally causes me to put on a few pounds though as there are always the most delicious and lavishly described foods in her books and Christmas at Conwenna Cove is no different! From the cafe’s to the Christmas markets, there were goodies galore on the menu for the characters here so if you aren’t hungry before you start, you soon will be!

I loved being back in Conwenna Cove and as soon as I saw the authors signature greyhound on the front cover, I knew I was back amongst friends. Grace has come to Conwenna Cove with her parents to help them settle into their new home. They have had a family tragedy that has made them all much closer to each other and, although Grace plans to go back to Cardiff eventually, she is lucky that she can work from home. But then she meets Oli and his adorable young family and suddenly those plans don’t seem so desirable, unlike the captivating veterinary surgeon!  My heart ached for both our main protagonists here. Oli had lost his wife and was trying to be the best parent to his kids but love second time around seems to be filled with guilt even though his children would love to see him happy again. Grace was facing her own demons, and from a personal point of view her story really did touch me deeply. Her lifestyle choice was a very difficult one to make and as one who has to make a similar decision (all be it in a different direction) I felt her situation was handled very positively but realistically. In fact, I don’t know how Darcie does it but she always seems to write very emotional scenarios that speak to me in a very personal level. Which means I am forever reading her books with a permanent lump in my throat which leads to plenty of snotty tears by the end!

The setting of Conwenna Cove lends itself just as well to the cold and darkness of the festive season as it does the summer sunshine -it actually made me want the snow and frosty mornings to arrive even though I’m much more of a summer girl myself! This gorgeously written and perfectly pitched love story is filled with such sensitivity and understanding of the issues raised that I just couldn’t put it down. It’s a heartwarming tale that comes across with a genuine interest in the characters and the stories they have to tell and that is why I love this authors books so much! She makes me laugh and she makes me cry and every single time I finish one of her books I feel like I am leaving behind real people. Make sure you have tissues at the ready, a hot chocolate with all the works (marshmallows, squirty cream, a flake….) and then snuggle down into the cosiest, squishiest chair you can find because you’re off to celebrate a Conwenna Christmas and you aren’t going to want to leave!

Highly recommended by me!

Christmas at Conwenna Cove: A gorgeous, uplifting festive romance set in a beautiful Cornish village is available to purchase now from Amazon UK (affiliates link) I received my review copy from the publisher Canelo via netgalley.

Meet the author…

Darcie Boleyn
Darcie Boleyn has a huge heart and is a real softy. She never fails to cry at books and movies, whether the ending is happy or not. Darcie is in possession of an overactive imagination that often keeps her awake at night. Her childhood dream was to become a Jedi but she hasn’t yet found suitable transport to take her to a galaxy far, far away. She also has reservations about how she’d look in a gold bikini, as she rather enjoys red wine, cheese and loves anything with ginger or cherries in it – especially chocolate. Darcie fell in love in New York, got married in the snow, rescues uncoordinated greyhounds and can usually be found reading or typing away on her laptop.

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.