Nestled in the Cornish village of Cloudsea, sits Sea Cottage – the perfect place for some Christmas magic …
At last Ivy is looking forward to Christmas. She and her husband Stuart have moved to their perfect little cottage by the sea - a haven alongside the rugged cliffs that look out to the Atlantic Ocean. She’s pregnant with their much-longed for first baby and for the first time, since the death of her beloved mother, Ivy feels like things are going to be alright.
But there is trouble ahead. It soon emerges that Stuart has been keeping secrets from Ivy, and suddenly she misses her mum more than ever.
When Ivy stumbles across a letter from her mother hidden in an old writing desk, secrets from the past come hurtling into the present. But could her mother’s words help Ivy in her time of need? Ivy is about to discover that the future is full of unexpected surprises and Christmas at Sea Cottage promises to be one to remember.
This Christmas warm your heart and escape to the Cornish coast for an uplifting story of love, secrets and new beginnings that you will remember for many Christmases to come.
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I absolutely loved this book. I could relate to Ivy after losing my mom. This book made me laugh and cry. Loved the characters. Can't wait for the next book about Smudge!
This is a heartwarming story involving tragedy, grief, hope, turmoil, secrets and, most of all, love. Ivy and Stuart have moved from their bustling, hectic lives in London to a much more sedately paced life at Sea Cottage in the Cornish village of Cloudsea. After many years of IVF treatment, Ivy is pregnant and is starting to hope that, at last, things might be going right for her and her family. She now feels strong enough to move her deceased mother’s writing desk into her home. When she does so, she discovers two unfinished items - one is a postcard to Ivy and the other is a Christmas card with Rudolph hand painted on it but without his bright red nose. That is the start of the ‘magical’ connection that runs throughout the story. Ivy is a children’s book illustrator and author whilst Stuart is endeavouring to live the Good Life - making the most of all the produce in some innovative/weird ways (I mean, considering making turnip jam?!?1?). They’ve been through some traumatic times together and neither dare trust that this pregnancy will work out for them but both dream it will. It is a story of family, including members like Stuart’s Mum who is determined, OCD but loves them even though her actions don’t really show this. It is also an exploration of coping with all life throws at you and knowing that, even though she may be dead, a mother’s love will always strive to protect you and those close to you. I should also point out that there are some other brilliant characters in the story - especially the villagers! You’ll learn some “Cornishisms” from them ☺ It is a story of hope triumphing over adversity and takes the reader through the whole gamut of emotions with the postcard being the key link throughout. Sorry, no more spoilers, you need to read it yourself to discover what happens in this great read! I was gifted a copy of this book by the author and publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Ivy and her husband, Stuart, had lived in London for some years before deciding to move to Cornwall. This was Ivy’s home when she was growing up and she has always wanted to return. After trying for so long, Ivy is finally pregnant. She only wishes her beloved mother could still be alive to be with her. It has been five years since her mother passed away and she misses her so much. She has just recently moved her mother’s writing desk into her own home. Ivy illustrates the Detective Sergeant Fudge series called The Fudge Files, and her best friend, Catherine, writes the books. Stuart had given up a very high powered job in London to follow his dream of growing vegetables and using them to make unusual jams. This has turned into a great success for him and the orders are pouring in. Now that Ivy’s mother’s desk is in her house, Ivy starts feeling her mother closer to her. When notes from her mother start showing up on the desk in the middle of the night, Ivy isn’t sure how but knows these have to be from her mother. Friends that Ivy has known from her childhood and were friends of her mother’s take her under their wings to provide support and comfort for her. Stuart’s mother is a very wealthy woman who wants a grandchild so much. However, she does not know how to keep her nose out of their business and her efforts to help them, only irritates them. This is a nice little feel good story. I’m sure many readers will love it. I enjoyed it, but at at the risk of being a cynic, found it to be a bit too “sweet.” Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.