Today’s post is a special one! My Mum read a book recently and wanted to review it so, this is my Mum’s book review!
Title: Christmas at Mistletoe Cottage (2017)
Author: Lucy Daniels
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Christmas and Fiction
Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
Release Date: 6th October 2017
Reviewed by: Anita
“This year, vet Mandy Hope is looking forward to the holidays. Her animal rescue centre, Hope Meadows, is up and running – and she’s finally going on a date with Jimmy Marsh, owner of the local outward bound centre.
The advent of winter sees all sorts of animals cross Mandy’s path, from goats named Rudolph to baby donkeys – and even a pair of reindeer! But when a mysterious local starts causing trouble, Mandy’s plans for the centre come under threat. She must call on Jimmy and her fellow villagers to put a stop to the stranger’s antics and ensure that Hope Meadows’ first Christmas is one to remember.
One thing’s for certain: this Christmas, there’ll be animal escapades, kisses under the mistletoe…and plenty of festive cheer for all.”
My kindle decided to break and I had just finished reading a book and was looking for a new one to read when Lois received a copy of “Christmas at Mistletoe Cottage” and asked me if I wanted to read it, as she knows I like this type of book. I did have reservations as it is supposedly a young adult book, of which I am most certainly not. I hope this review is ok as I have never reviewed a book before!
I have to admit it did take me a few chapters to get into the book but after that it was great, especially for someone like me who only gets to read a couple of chapters at night or even every couple of days. It is ultimately a “will they won’t they love story” but with a few twists along the way. I really like the side stories of the animals, being an animal lover myself. As well as the other issues that the book tackles, which I won’t tell you about, you’ll have to read the book to find out. These help you get to know the characters and enjoy the friendships/relationships they have.
This book is based on the Animal Ark series. I had heard of the Animal Ark series and I am pretty sure Lois had some of the book when she was younger. I did wondered if they related in any way to these stories, but they don’t they are just based on the Animal Ark series.
This book is actually the second in a series. “Summer at Hope Meadows” was released previously and is the first in the series. I didn’t realise this when I started reading. I wondered if that would mean I couldn’t follow this book, but I needn’t have worried as you are introduced to all the characters along the way and get drawn into their lives. It will be interesting to go back and read “Summer at Hope Meadows” to see how some of the characters met and get to know more about their stories. There is another book planned called “Springtime at Wildacre” coming next year so I will be looking out for that one.
By the time I was nearing the end of this book I couldn’t wait to finish it to see how the story ended, always the sign of a good book. A perfect present for anyone of any age who enjoys reading.
Thank you to Hodder and Stoughton for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. My Mum most certainly enjoyed the book! Thank you so much to my Mum for writing this review, she hopes you like it! I hope she writes more reviews in the future!
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