Welcome to Thornwaite, a quaint village tucked up in England’s beautiful but rainy Lake District… where homecomings happen and surprises are in store for the four Holley sisters…
Anna Holley, the third of four sisters, has always felt a little bit forgotten. A family tragedy when she was a child had her retreating deep into shyness, and social anxiety kept her on the fringes of the cozy chaos of the busy vicarage.
After several years away from home, Anna returns for Christmas… and an important announcement from her father. As much as she once loved the village, coming back is hard and puts Anna’s social capabilities to the test.
Avoiding her sisters’ bossy questions, she heads out to the local pub one night, and meets a handsome stranger nursing a pint. Somehow, unburdened by expectations, Simon seems like the perfect person to spill all her secrets to—including a hopeless, long-held crush on her sister’s boyfriend. Confident she’ll never see him again, Anna returns home… only to discover the next day that Simon is actually her father’s new curate!
Anna is beyond mortified, but Simon won’t let her retreat into her usual shyness—and for once Anna is forced to confront the past, and all the fears and feelings she’d tried so long to hide. But with his own heartache that needs to heal, can Simon help Anna to make this the most magical Christmas either of them have known?
Thanks to Brook Cottage books, A Vicarage Christmas was my second festive book this season and my first introduction to Kate Hewitt’s writing. I must say, I got more than I was expecting.
First of all, I need to say that the cover for this particular book is gorgeous; I know it isn’t everything, but I am a sucker for a pretty cover.The artwork of the vicarage in the snow automatically put me in the Christmas spirit.
Now for what surprised me. Having never read one of Kate Hewitt’s books before, I was amazed at the depth and insight that was involved in this novel; the character’s and their issues seemed incredibly real to me. As a person with anxiety, I could sympathize with the challenges that Anna faced; I know all too well what it is like to feel broken.
As for the actual plot, it was refreshing to read another book that wasn’t all about the sex. I mean, I’m no prude, but it can be a distraction if the main love interests keep jumping each other like rabbits.
So, would I recommend A Vicarage Christmas? Absolutely! Kate Hewitt has managed to produce a beautifully festive novel that is both well-written and clean. I’m now eager to explore more of the author’s work while I wait for the second installment of The Holley Sisters of Thornthwaite.
ABOUT KATE HEWITT
Kate Hewitt is the author of over 60 novels of women’s fiction and romance. Whatever the genre, she enjoys telling an emotionally compelling story. An American ex-pat, she now lives in a small market town in Wales with her husband and five children.
Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1269244.Kate_Hewitt
First Prize: Amazon gift card
Second Prize: Copy of A Cotswold Christmas (ecopy)