Christmas is coming and New York is in full swing for the snowy season. But at The Little Knitting Box in the West Village, things are about to change …
The Little Knitting Box has been in Cleo’s family for nearly four decades, and since she arrived fresh off the plane from the Cotswolds four years ago, Cleo has been doing a stellar job of running the store. But instead of an early Christmas card in the mail this year, she gets a letter that tips her world on its axis.
Dylan has had a tumultuous few years. His marriage broke down, his mother passed away and he’s been trying to pick up the pieces as a stay-at-home dad. All he wants this Christmas is to give his kids the home and stability they need. But when he meets Cleo at a party one night, he begins to see it’s not always so easy to move on and pick up the pieces, especially when his ex seems determined to win him back.
When the snow starts to fall in New York City, both Cleo and Dylan realise life is rarely so black and white and both of them have choices to make. Will Dylan follow his heart or his head? And will Cleo ever allow herself to be a part of another family when her own fell apart at the seams?
Full of snow, love and the true meaning of Christmas, this novel will have you hooked until the final page.
Many thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for having me on the blog tour and providing me with my copy of the book for this review.
Firstly there needs to be a nod to the designer as the cover is gorgeous, so festive and in keeping with the story!
Christmas at the Little Knitting Box whisks the reader to West Village in New York during the weeks leading up to Christmas. Cleo runs the Little Knitting Box, a business that has been in her family for decades and which has brought her over from England. Cleo is recently divorced and enjoying her new life in New York until a letter arrives jeopardising the future of he business.
Dylan is a single father of 2; 6 year old Ruby and 4 year old Jacob, following the breakdown of his marriage. Dylan is also a trained lawyer but has decided to pursue a creative career – much to his ex-wife’s disapproval!
Cleo and Dylan meet at a mutual friends party and hit it off straight away – it’s clear from the start that they are perfect for one another how both have a lot of emotional baggage.
Christmas at the Little Knitting Box is a beautiful modern romance but also an exploration into relationships across different generations. Cleo has a lovely relationship with her Grandpa Joe and his lady friend Maggie however the relationship she has with her stepmother is difficult – Cleo is almost still the difficult teenager she was many moons ago, due to the grief of losing her mother at such a young age.
It doesn’t take long in this book to really bond with both Cleo and Dylan, the author achieves this brilliantly through narrative from both their perspectives. They are both very real characters with their flaws and insecurities, but ultimately both have a heart of gold.
The setting, both in location and time of year are perfect for this book as both set each other off tremendously.
A wonderful, heartwarming and cosy festive read!
* Hot off the press – book 2 is on its way!!! *
I am very excited to share with you that book 2 is available for preorder:
Snowflakes and Mistletoe at the Inglenook Inn
It’s the most wonderful time of the year…but is it the time to fall in love?
As the flames on the log fire flicker and the snowflakes swirl above the New York streets, maybe this Christmas could be the one that changes everything…
When Darcy returns to Manhattan, she’s put in charge of the Inglenook Inn, a cosy boutique hotel in the heart of Greenwich Village. The Inn needs a boost in bookings if it’s to survive the competition, so Darcy is convinced that hosting Christmas this year is the answer. What she doesn’t expect is to meet a face from the past, which can only spell trouble.
Myles left England behind and took a job in New York. It’s a step forwards in his career, and has the added bonus of being nowhere near his family. He’s also hoping to avoid Christmas, the worst time of the year. But when his company puts him up at the Inglenook Inn and he recognises Darcy, it isn’t long before they clash.
When disaster strikes, can Myles and Darcy put their differences aside to make Christmas at the Inglenook Inn a success?
Snowflakes and Mistletoe at the Inglenook Inn is published on the 12th December 2017 however can be pre-ordered now: Amazon UK
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Helen J Rolfe writes contemporary women’s fiction with an emphasis on relationships and love. She enjoys weaving stories about family, friendship, secrets, and characters who face challenges and fight to overcome them. Helen enjoys creating strong female lead characters and although her stories often deal with serious issues, they always have a happy ending.
Location is a big part of the adventure in Helen’s books and she enjoys setting stories in different cities and countries around the world. So far, locations have included Melbourne, Sydney, New York, Connecticut, Bath and the Cotswolds.
Born and raised in the UK, Helen graduated from University with a business degree and began working in I.T. This job took her over to Australia and it was there that she studied writing and journalism and began writing for women’s health and fitness magazines. She also volunteered with the PR department of a children’s hospital where she wrote articles and media releases. Helen began writing fiction in 2011 and hasn’t missed the I.T. world one little bit, although the I.T. skills have come in handy of course, especially when it comes to creating and maintaining a website.
After fourteen years of living in Australia, Helen returned to the UK and now lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and their children.