Christmas Under a Cranberry Sky by Holly Martin
Published: 22nd September 2016
This year spend a wonderful Christmas on Juniper Island, where love can melt even the iciest of hearts…
Piper Chesterfield lives a glamorous life travelling the world and reviewing the finest hotels. She calls nowhere home, she works alone and that’s how she likes it. For long ago Piper decided that to protect her heart she should lock it away.
So when Piper’s next assignment brings her to the newly opened Stardust Lake Hotel for the festive season, the last person she expects to face is Gabe Whitaker, the man who broke her heart so completely she could never love again.
But Piper isn’t the only one who has been frozen in time by heartbreak. Gabe hasn’t forgotten the golden-eyed girl who disappeared from his world without a trace.
Now fate has reunited them on Juniper island, can the magic of Christmas heal old wounds? And can this enchanting town be the one place Piper can finally call home?
Firstly, thank you to Netgalley and the publisher, Bookouture, for my copy in exchange of my review. This book has definitely pulled me out of yet another reading slump.
I found this book to be a delightful, heart-warming read. It was festive (where can you go wrong with that??) it was loving, it was funny, tearful and just brilliant. There were parts of this book that made me laugh, nearly cry and feel extremely happy.
Pip is fed up with travelling the world, being a mystery guest in some fabulous places. She decides her next job will be her last for a while. When she gets to her hotel, the last person she is expecting to see is her teenage years ex-boyfriend, Gabe. I loved Pip, she is an independent woman, with baggage, with a history. She was real if that makes sense?
Gabe, for me, was a perfect gent. Protective, a wonderful father, loving, and for Pip, an amazing lover. His daughter Wren is a wonderful character, and a true young child! Especially being Frozen mad!!! They make a wonderful little family, and made me feel like I should hug my own child more often!
Other characters that pop up in the book often were fantastic. They’ve all got their own stories about why or how they’ve ended up on Juniper Island and I would love to hear all of them. Neve and Luke were wonderful additions to Luke’s family, with Neve’s story being the next book. I hope to hear Luke’s story eventually as well.
Holly Martin has created a perfect Winter Wonderland in this book, her writing style drew me in straight away and I didn’t come up for breath until I had finished every single page. So much so, that I dived straight back in with Christmas Under a Starlit Sky (review to come next month for publication day!!)
I highly recommend this book to add to any Christmas book reading list! Just superbly wonderful. I wish that I could visit, and maybe even just move straight in!! Loved it!! A huge, gigantic 5/5 from me!!
A little add on note from me:
I go on holiday for a week on Monday 26th and I very much doubt I will have WiFi where I will be so there will be complete radio silence from me for a while now. I will be writing reviews but they will all be posted once I’m home and the mountains and mountains of washing is done!!!
Thanks for reading!!!