Welcome to my stop on the Snowflakes and Christmas Cakes Blog Tour, written by Lindsey Paley and published by Purple Heather Publishing. I’m very pleased to be taking part and hope you enjoy my review. Be sure to check out the tour-wide giveaway at the end of the post aswell.
When all-round buttercream princess, Millie Carter, becomes stranded at Craiglea Manor Cookery School, she believes her chance of enjoying a merry festive season is over.
The village of Aisford is Christmas-card perfect, but Millie hates it – she hates the snow, her freezing fingertips, and being forced to look like her Aunt Marjory in a mud-splattered wax jacket and wellies instead of her beloved shorts and sparkly sandals.
She plots her escape but ends up locking spatulas with the estate manager, Fergus McKenzie, who is forced to rescue her before she succumbs to a severe dose of hypothermia. Things start to improve with the arrival of handsome Sam Morgan, fresh from the beaches and rum shacks of the Caribbean.
Can Millie accept her fate? And will Aisford sprinkle some of its seasonal magic on her troubles?
Snowflakes and Christmas Cakes is a festive story of love and friendship and reaching for the buttercream icing and edible glitter when life gets tough.
Millie is in a never ending rough patch, her parents died a few years ago, then her boyfriend cheated on her with a waitress in the restaurant they jointly owned, having moved to France for a fresh start and job her new boyfriend and boss has done exactly the same thing with one of his waitresses. Deciding to visit her sister for Christmas she returns to England only to find an emergency with her Sisters in-law’s has her returning to France.
Her sister asks Millie to fill in for her at a cooking retreat taking classes for professionals in the lake district for a few days before Christmas and she agrees, but when she arrives she finds a snow storm in full force and the professionals have cancelled.
There she meets estate manager Fergus, who is brash and bossy, and the owners manager Sam, who is handsome and charming. Forced to stay in the house she has to juggle these men who obviously dislike each other and try to cope with a suitcase full of summer clothes.
This is a charming read with some interesting characters, although Millie wasn’t the most likeable character. I found many of the surrounding characters far more enjoyable to read and wanted to follow many more of those more than hers. I found her interaction with the men really fun and I loved Fergus right from his first moment on the page, I loved his brusqueness and sense of humour.
This is an easy and enjoyable read and one to pick up on a cold day when you’re wrapped in a blanket.
Many thanks to Lindsey Paley for a copy of this novel in return for my honest review.
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
About Lindsey Paley:
Lindsey Paley is a Yorkshire girl and author of contemporary romance novels with page-turning plotlines and satisfying endings. When not scribbling away in her peppermint and cream writer’s retreat (shed) she loves baking cakes, enjoying a spot of afternoon tea with friends and taking long walks in the countryside. Snowflakes and Christmas Cakes is the first book in the Camille Carter series set in the beautiful Lake District and the Caribbean. The latest in the series is April Showers and Wedding Flowers and is out now.
Head to Rafflecopter to enter to win an eBook copy of Snowflakes and Christmas Cakes and an actual Christmas cake. (UK Only / Tour Wide Giveaway)
Title: Snowflakes and Christmas Cakes
Series: Camille Carter #1
Author: Lindsey Paley
Genre: Christmas | Romance | Chick Lit
Publisher: Purple Heather Publishing
Publication Date: 15 June 2015
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US