Running from heartbreak, twenty-five-year-old Becca has moved to the cosy village of Honeyford. Living with her best friend Zac in a little stone cottage, and serving mince pies and steaming gingerbread lattes at the Cosy Kettle, is the perfect escape from her past.
But starting over isn’t always plain sailing, and Becca’s shyness is holding her back from making her mark on the café. To make matters worse, her crush on blond-haired, blue-eyed local heartthrob Logan gets stronger by the day – but he can barely remember her name. So as the snow starts to fall in Honeyford, Becca has one big Christmas wish: to completely reinvent herself. Becca dreams of bringing the Cosy Kettle success and finding romance with Logan under the mistletoe.
As she gets a makeover, cosies up to Logan over mulled wine and plans the most festive celebration the café has ever seen, Becca wonders why she waited so long to step out of her comfort zone… Zac, on the other hand, thought she was perfect before – always caring for others – and he misses the quirky girl with the bright blue hair.
When Logan turns out to not be all he seems, Becca is left wondering if he’s really the one for her. With her party plans also going awry, can Becca save her beloved Cosy Kettle in time for Christmas? And has the key to her happiness been in front of her all along?
Ok, first of all, can we please take a moment to admire that cover? It is probably my favourite cosy Christmas cover so far this year, and completely representative of the story inside.
Overall, I thought this one was moderately Christmassy. I mean, it’s Christmas time and the Cosy Kettle is decorated, and there were loads of mince pies, but there was just some kind of Christmas spark missing for me. Similarly, I thought the characters were fun, but again something was just a bit flat. I did love the setting though!
I think one of the things that made it hard for me to connect with this one was that I just feel like the storylines about heart broken young women wanting to change themselves (into their sisters) is a bit overdone for me. Becca was so down on herself, and while I understand this is probably meant to make her approachable and relatable, it was just too much for me. I also found it quite repetitive (maybe it was a tiny bit too long?). My favourite parts were definitely the bits where Becca was enjoying herself – for instance shopping and getting her hair done with her book club friends.
This was really kind of “eh” for me, and I gave it 2.5/5 stars.
A Christmas Wish and a Cranberry Kiss at the Cosy Kettle by Liz Eeles
Out now from Bookouture
Thanks so much to Bookouture for providing a free copy for review (via NetGalley)