Camilla Dix is fiercely independent. Growing up, she had to be strong for her mother and younger sister after her father left them for a new life in Benidorm. Camilla has kept her heart firmly closed to love, and never allows her relationships with men to develop into anything serious.
Tom Stone moved to Heatherlea for a fresh start. He’s been hurt in the past and has no intention of making himself vulnerable again. The only company he wants at night is that of his rescue British Bulldog Hairy Pawter.
However, when Camilla and Tom meet, they can’t deny their mutual attraction, and something deeper soon develops between them.
As snows falls over Heatherlea, mulled wine flows and festive carols fill the air, but can Camilla and Tom put their fears aside and trust each other enough to let love in?
This is the third of four short stories in The Cosy Cottage Café series.
Right, confession time – I have had a huge backlog of reviews to write as quite frankly the actual reading of the books has been too inviting. I actually read this book in December (hangs head in shame!) on a snowy day at CenterParcs which was the absolute perfect setting for this beautiful, wintery book!
So far, we have had summer and autumn in Heatherlea – now winter has descended on the picturesque village! What I love about these books is the characters that the author has created – whilst each book has its own characters to focus on, there is a running link throughout all the characters and back to Allie from the first book. Autumn at The Cosy Cottage Café introduced us to Camilla but focussed on her sister, Dawn so I’m pleased to find that this book is focused upon her.
Camilla is haunted by a feeling of rejection following a tough childhood and the absence of her father – as such she has shut herself down to any idea of a meaningful relationship…..that is until Tom turns up! Tom has also not had the best of experience in the love department so is not prepared to put himself out there. From the outset it is clear that these two are absolutely made for each other however both are both so locked down and scared of being vulnerable to prevent being hurt again.
I adored this book (and Tom!) and the winter backdrop is just sublime – this is a perfect festive read but most definitely not just for Christmas. As the temperature drops again in the UK and snow is on its way – what better time to visit Heatherlea!
Roll on spring although that will mean the end to this wonderful series.