All singleton Isla wants for Christmas is to be left in peace, but a surprise trip to the Alps means there’s a chance for romance in every snowflake that falls…
It’s the week before Christmas and Isla McCoy has just received an unexpected gift: a letter announcing she is due a life-changing inheritance, but only if she’s willing to make amends with the father who abandoned her.
She has absolutely no intention of forgiving him, but who could resist an all-expenses-paid trip to the French resort of St Martin-de-Belleville?
There she meets smooth-talking Justin and nerdy glaciologist Sebastian; two very different men, with two very different agendas. Torn between her head and her heart, Isla finds herself utterly lost in a winter wonderland of her own feelings.
Surrounded by twinkling candles and roaring log-fires, Isla’s resolve finally begins to melt. But will she learn how to reconnect, not only with a whole new family, but with herself and her heart?
A gorgeously heart-warming festive read to help spark a little romance in those long winter nights. Perfect for fans of Jane Linfoot, Debbie Johnson and Jenny Colgan.
What readers are saying about A Cosy Candlelit Christmas:
‘This book is beyond awesome, loved every page. Isla is a wonderful heroine: strong, fiercely independent, yet loyal and empathic. I loved how her story evolved.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘This is a wonderful festive read. Full of new beginnings, second chances, new friends, new love and forgiveness. This is a lovely book filled with fabulous Christmas cheer that chick lit and romance fans will adore.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 4 stars
‘I absolutely loved this book, completely fell in love with it… It was a lovely heartfelt read, with lots of Christmas cosy moments thrown in, not to mention lots of snow. I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to the French Alps.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
First meeting Isla in A Very Vintage Christmas, she was intriguing as Dodie’s best friend and student, still living with her mother and fluffing off ideas of love and relationships. After her parents split when she was young, she and her mother struggled and after years of hearing how unwanted they were by her father, a solicitor’s letter presents her with options. A tiny village tucked in the French Alps, not far from Mont Blanc become the centerpiece and decoration for the story. A tiny alpine town that caters to tourists while still providing a community for residents, a small guesthouse with an American ex-pat as owner, bartender, agony aunt and general friendly face in the midst of strangeness become a touchstone for Isla in very new and trying circumstances. A will from a grandmother she hardly remembered leaves her with two choices: accept a small house in the village and find a relationship with her father or refuse the bequest and her father and his new family lose a house in Scotland and a small monetary bequest. A week isn’t a ton of time to sort out something this extensive: from her mother’s disappointment and fear over losing her to her own anger from her father’s abandonment, the cautious if not overtly rude reception from her half-brother and the expansive and overly pushy romancing from her step-mother’s nephew, not to mention Isla’s own stress and inability to want to deal with more emotional issues – there’s a ton here to sort. And, Tennant does it wonderfully, from presenting Seb as the geeky, bow-tie wearing nice guy who brings a sense of security and stability with him to the glorious views, a massive blizzard and midnight services in the local church, the magic of this little corner of France gives Isla the opportunity to truly find her own center and let go of resentments, changing her path and taking a chance on something more. With revelations, secrets and even some heartfelt conversations, the story is a wonderful escape into the holiday, and a perfect ‘whatever happened to ___” answer to questions arising from the first book. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Isla McCoy and her mother, Glory were abandoned by Ian, father and husband when Isla was only six. Glory, a Nigerian woman, is strong minded, stubborn and a bit of a whirlwind. She is angry with Ian McCoy, a Scotsman, and never lets Isla forget that he abandoned them. This has left its mark on Isla and she is rather prickly, stand offish and hard to get to know. At 29 she has moved back home and gone back to University to get a degree in psychology. Just before Christmas, she received a letter from a lawyer, who is representing her Grandmother McCoy's estate to let her know that she has inherited something from her. In order to settle the estate, the condition is that she travel to a small village in the French Alps, St. Martin-de-Belleville, to meet her father. After wrestling with her conscience and arguing with her mother she decides to go. She is hoping that this will give her closure. There are several complications once she arrives and meets him and his new family. She also meets a nerdy scientist studying the glaciers that becomes involved in her life and gets her to reexamine her temperament. I really liked Isla. She is a multi-faceted character with passion, strength, stubbornness, love, loyalty and a lot of self-doubt issues. She grows in emotional stability, strength to stand up for herself and in her self-confidence in this story. Her relationship with her father is rocky, but with perseverance he begins to thaw her icy exterior. Isla comes to realize that even though she loves her mother very much, she was responsible for the lack of contact between Isla and her father for over 23 years. Nerdy Sebastian was also a great character who did not push, had his own issues, but cared deeply for Isla and the inn keeper is a wonderful supporting character. This book deals with both the family drama of Isla and her father's relationship and the romance between Isla and Sebastian. This is a great Christmas story with drama and romance that will have you smiling at the end. The only reason that I did not give it 5 stars is that a few sections seemed to drag just a bit, but overall, this was a good read. the publisher generously provided me a copy of this book via Netgalley.
This is the next in the An Unforgettable Christmas series, so following on from A Very Vintage Christmas. While it’s best to read in order to gather the main characters it could work on it’s own. This time we focus on Isla, she did feature in book one along with Dodie and we glimpsed a little of what might occur. Isla is traced down to receive an inheritance but that involves heading to France and re-connecting with the father who deserted her as a child. Needless to say her mum is none to happy. So off she sets to the fabulous sounding ski resort, plenty of snow for this Christmas story! A Cosy Candlelit Christmas follows Isla as she unearths her own opinions of her father as opposed to the obvious bitter ones her mother holds. There are some great characters involved, hotel host Dahlia, Seb the cool guy (literally) and some ‘new’ family members. Tilly always has a way of painting a beautiful picture so the landscape is easily in your mind when you read her books. This was made rather easy this time due to the scenic location. A good mix of romance and tugging of the family heart-strings. Not an ‘in your face’ full on Christmas theme but enough to get you warm and cosy so long as you stay away from the snow. Yet again Tilly has produced a winner .. you can’t go far wrong with this author in my opinion. Thanks to the author, publisher and netgalley for my copy which I read and reviewed voluntarily.