AWRW Book Review: Christmas at Lilac Cottage, by Author Holly Martin @HollyMartin00 @BonnierZaffre #BookReview #ChickLit #Romance #ChristmasRomance


Welcome to the charming seaside town of White Cliff Bay, where Christmas is magical and love is in the air…

Penny Meadows loves her home – a cosy cottage decorated with pretty twinkling fairy lights and stunning views over the town of White Cliff Bay. She also loves her job as an ice-carver, creating breathtaking sculptures. Yet her personal life seems frozen.

When Henry and daughter Daisy arrive at the cottage to rent the annex, Penny is determined to make them feel welcome. But while Daisy is friendly, Henry seems guarded.

As Penny gets to know Henry, she realises there is more to him than meets the eye. And the connection between them is too strong to ignore…

christmasatlilaccottageWhile the spirit of the season sprinkles its magic over the seaside town and preparations for the ice sculpting competition and Christmas eve ball are in full swing, can Penny melt the ice and allow love in her heart? And will this finally be the perfect Christmas she’s been dreaming of?

Like a creamy hot chocolate with marshmallows, you won’t want to put this deliciously heartwarming novel down.

Spend the perfect Christmas in White Cliff Bay this year. Snowflakes on Silver Cove coming very soon.

Paperback Edition: 362 Pages

Genre: Chick Lit, Romance, Holiday Romance, Christmas Romance, UK Chick Lit

Published by Zaffre Publishing, an imprint of Bonnier Zaffre

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Fans of heartwarming holiday romances need not look any further; Martin’s story captures both the magic of Christmas and the rush of romance in Christmas at Lilac Cottage.

In White Cliff Bay there’s a lilac home that houses Penny, an artist who sculpts ice. She lives by herself atop the hill that looks over the town, until her new renters move in. What follows is a whirlwind romance that melts the ice off her heart.

This novel is heavy on details that allow your imagination to place you in the center of all the action. I felt like I was in White Cliff Bay with Penny and Henry, living vicariously through them. I loved all the magical details.

I really liked Daisy and the dynamic her character added to the story. I liked how Penny was included, and ultimately accepted. My favorite scene was the “porn scene”– I was seriously snorting with laughter, much like Henry who hid behind the door. 🙂

Christmas at Lilac Cottage, by Holly Martin, is a festive holiday romance guaranteed to put you in the Yuletide spirit. I would like to thank Bonnier Zaffre publishing for the complimentary paperback copy.

Five Stars!

Purchase – Amazon, USA

About the Author


“I live in sunny Bedfordshire in a house with round windows. I studied media at university which led to a very glitzy career as a hotel receptionist followed by an even more glamorous two years working in a bank. The moment that one of my colleagues received the much coveted carriage clock for fifteen years’ service was the moment when I knew I had to escape. I quit my job and returned to university to train to be a teacher. Three years later, I emerged wide eyed and terrified that I now had responsibility for the development of thirty young minds. I taught for four years and then escaped the classroom to teach history workshops, dressing up as a Viking one day and an Egyptian High Priestess the next. But the long journeys around the UK and many hours sat on the M25 gave me a lot of time to plan out my stories and I now write full time, doing what I love.” — Author Holly Martin



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