Published: 9th October 2017 (Canelo)
A heartwarming, romantic and Christmassy novel set in the gorgeous Cornish village of Conwenna Cove.
When Grace Phillips travels to Conwenna Cove to help her parents move there 30 years after their honeymoon in the village, she sees why they fell in love with the place. The festive decorations, carols in the air and constant supply of delicious mince pies certainly make it hard to leave. Grace soon meets local vet Oli Davenport and initially finds him rude, but learning about his passion for animals and how much he cares for his two kids helps Grace to see a softer side to Oli.
It’s been two years since Oli lost his wife to cancer. Though he loves eleven-year-old Amy and five-year-old Tom more than anything it’s hard to be mum and dad. He has no interest in romance until he crosses paths with beautiful and kind-hearted Grace. The sparks fly but both Oli and Grace are holding onto fear about letting someone into their heart.
As the snow falls and Christmas wishes come true can Conwenna Cove work its magic and help Grace and Oli find the happiness they both deserve?
Christmas at Conwenna Cove is my first festive read of the season and what a brilliant start it is! I adored Summer at Conwenna Cove so I was absolutely thrilled to see that Darcie Boleyn was taking us back to Conwenna Cove for a Christmas visit!
This is a sequel of sorts, we are back in Conwenna Cove which was first introduced to us by Eve and Jack. In this book, we are introduced to Louise, Simon and Grace Phillips. Louise and Simon have moved to Conwenna Cove and their daughter, Grace, is staying with them to help decorate the house and unpack. Grace has every intention to head back to Cardiff once she has got her parents settled into their new home.
Oli Davenport is the local vet who sadly lost his wife nearly 2 years ago so is raising their 11 year old daughter Amy and 5 year old son Tom on his own. Oli was absolutely devastated by the loss of Linda so he has shut himself down emotionally. His life revolves around his children and the animals he looks after in the surgery.
Oli and Grace meet in the local café and its clear from the start that there is an attraction on both sides (even if Oli is a bit standoffish!) which is beautiful to watch pan out. Christmas at Conwenna Cove isn’t just a fabulous romantic read, it also explores grief and its effects on those both young and old.
I absolutely adored everyone in this book, both sets of parents are lovely – they are nurturing and supportive whilst protective of their children…even when the children are in their thirties! Oli and Grace are both great characters, you can really relate to them as they come alive off the pages through the wonderful, friendly and warm writing style that the author has.
Also, I was thrilled to find the greyhounds are back!! In Summer at Conwenna Cove we are introduced to Gabe who was a central part to the story and I was pleased to say that we are introduced to another gorgeous greyhound in this one.
I really liked the references to Eve and Jack so we get an update as to where their lives have taken them, Conwenna Cove is a small place so it’d be weird if they didn’t pop up but I loved that this was about Grace and Oli. Whilst the storylines are similar in terms of outsiders falling in love with the small town, this is very much it’s own book and storyline. The reasons for the relocation to Conwenna Cove and the history of the characters if completely different.
Christmas at Conwenna Cove is the perfect festive read; you can almost hear the carols and Christmas movies, feel the festive spirit, see the twinkling lights and smell the mulled wine!
Darcie Boleyn has a huge heart and is a real softy. She never fails to cry at books and movies, whether ending is happy or not. Darcie is in possession of an overactive imagination that often keeps her awake at night. Darcie fell in love in New York, got married in the snow, rescues uncoordinated greyhounds and can usually be found reading or typing away on her laptop.