Happy publication day to Lilly Bartlett, here is my review for this festive novella which will keep you warm and snuggly over Christmas.
Put your feet up and tuck into the mince pies, because you won’t have to lift a finger to enjoy this Christmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse!
Too bad the same can’t be said for single mother and extremely undomestic goddess, Lottie. When her beloved Aunt Kate ends up in hospital just before Christmas, Lottie and her seven-year-old daughter rush to rural Wales to take over her B&B. A picky hotel reviewer and his mad family are coming to stay, and without the rating only he can give them, Aunt Kate will lose her livelihood.
But Lottie can barely run her own life, let alone a hotel. How will she manage to turn the falling-down guesthouse into the luxurious wonderland the reviewer expects? And could the mysterious taxi driver, Danny, who agrees to help her, turn out to be the real gift this season?
As the snow sparkles on the trees and hot chocolate steams in your hand, snuggle into the delicious magic of Christmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse.
When Lottie receives a call to say her Aunt has been in a terrible accident and is in the hospital it feels like deja vu, she lost her parents in a similar accident and the terror she feels that it could be happening again grips her. Rushing to Wales with her daughter she finds her Aunt in a medically induced coma, now she must look after the Guesthouse which has a reviewer coming for Christmas.
Lottie is a programmer and has never looked after a Guesthouse a day in her life, more to the point she has never even seen her Aunt’s Guesthouse and setting eyes on the property does her confidence no good as it’s a falling down building that should probably be condemned rather than accept guests. In a moment of panic, she convinces the taxi driver Danny to help her.
Over the next few days, Lottie and Danny fumble their way through the task of trying to impress the reviewer and his family while they get to know each other. And well, it’s a romantic Christmas story so you know…things happen that shouldn’t, funny things happen, and then the two main characters maybe figure out a way to like each other more than they did in the beginning.
Lottie is a great character, she gets herself into some really laughable situations. Danny is a great character although I would have liked to see a bit more of him and the development of his character, although I appreciate in a novella there is only so much page space.
The guests are a nightmare and add a fabulous flavour to the whole experience causing mayhem and mischief to what Lottie is trying to create as a wonderful Christmas experience for them.
This was a quick-read, funny, and gave me the warm and fuzzy’s. Definitely, one for you to put by for your Christmas reading.
Huge thanks to Lilly Bartlett and Notting HIll Press for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.
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Title: Christmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse
Author: Lilly Bartlett
Genre: Romance | Humour | Novella | Christmas
Publisher: Notting Hill Press
Publication Date: 25 October 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US