Food technologist Esme Kendrick is forced to move back to her hometown after losing her job, boyfriend, and apartment all on the same day With no money and no place to call her own, she feels like a complete failure But Esme is determined to get back on her feet, and with the support of her friends and family, she decides to follow her dreams I absolutely loved this book It is a heartwarming, inspiring Christmas story about love, friendship, taking risks, and not letting the fear of failure keep you from following your dreams The story is beautifully written and full of humor Esme is a lovable and realistic character I rooted for her, laughed with her as I followed along on her bumpy journey to making her food blog successful Her love of food and baking rubbed off on me and made me want to cook some of her mouthwatering recipes I loved how readers got to see snippets of her blog and all the sweet stories she shared about her grandmother Esme s strong bond with her friends and family just added to the cozy, heartwarming feeling of the story If you like a slow burn romance then you will enjoy Esme and Joe s love story I really loved the sweet, hopeful ending and was pleased to see that two certain characters got exactly what they deserved I highly recommend this book to readers looking for a heartfelt, uplifting Christmas story Thank you to NetGalley and HQ Digital for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Esme Kendrick is forced to move back to her small hometown of Sandchester after losing her job, boyfriend, and apartment all on the same day She has no money, no home and no prospects and is feeling like a failure She does not want to stay with her parents, so when they offered her some money to find a place of her own until she gets back on her feet, she jumps at the chance She is determined to make a go of her life s work, and with the support of her friends and family, she decides to follow her dreams and write the cookbook she has always wanted to get published Of course, that does not happen right away and she has to get her name out there first This brave young lady starts a blog, then vlogs and finally does some live broadcasts that had me in stitches.I absolutely loved this book It is a heartwarming story about love, friendship, taking risks, not giving up and following your dream I loved the characters, especially Esme and Joe They were both hurting, the difference was that Esme did not want to hide, but Joe had been back for two years and had done nothing to move forward, he was hurting so badly Esme is a lovable and realistic character I wanted to be her friend, or at least follow her blog She had me laughing several times as I rooted for her, to move forward along her bumpy path Her love of cooking and baking spoke to me as I know it is not easy to find your passion Joe was the handsome guy she remembered from high school, but he was so closed off, that she was not sure what to make of him I felt so bad for this man who was so eaten up with guilt that he could not feel anything Of course this is a romance, so you know that Esme will help him heal Throw in Esme s somewhat crazy family, and her quirky friends and you have an amazing support group The other story line is her ex boyfriend Leo As the story moves forward, Leo realizes what a mistake he has made and decides that he wants Esme back and is sure she will come back Well, he is in for a surprise The story is beautifully written and full of humor If you like a slow developing romance then you will enjoy Esme and Joe s love story I was glad that it wasn t instalove, but took time for them to realize how they felt and was still developing as the story ended This story is set in winter around Christmas and the holidays are an important part of the story, but this is not just a Christmas story I consider it a winter, romantic, holiday story I highly recommend this book to readers looking for a heartfelt, uplifting winter romance The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own. It s beginning to look a lot like ChristmasEverywhere you goTake a look at the five and ten, it s glistening once againWith candy canes and silver lanes that glow A festive feel good story bursting with yuletide cheer and second chances Katie ginger writes stories that will warm your heart and raise your spirits This was an engaging second chance romance humorous, magical, and charming The perfect book to get you in the Christmas mood all wrapped up in a beautiful festive cover with a bow on top Esme has lost everything her job, her boyfriend, her apartment So she makes the trip home to lick her wounds and regroup Esme was such a likable character, you cannot help but route for the girl The secondary characters were divine I absolutely loved her parents so much fun especially her mom I was seriously ready to pack my bags and head to Mistletoe Cottage The charm, the whimsy, the food My only very tiny complaint with the book was the love interest Joe, he was a little too brooding for me I got a little frustrated with him throughout the book Having said that I did like the slow burn romance and the ending was definitely satisfying and sweet so cozy up with a warm blanket and a cup of hot chocolate and get yourself a copy of this festive fun story This book in emojis Big thanks to HQ Digital for my copy of this book 5 A Warm, Witty, Scrumptious Festive Romance Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage is a heart warming festive read that was a delight to read.But I also want to take a moment to admire the book cover, it s so beautiful and sums up that magical winters day perfectly It truly is picture perfect Esme is really having a tough time Not only is she overshadowed by a cooking star determined to steal her recipes, but when she finally pluck up the courage and stands up for herself, she finds it s her that s on the chopping board But things just get worse when her long term boyfriend Leo springs it on her that he no longer loves her all on the same day Homeless, jobless and with no boyfriend, she has no choice but to return back to her hometown of Sandchester with her parents.It s here she re connects with her childhood friend Joe But Joe has a wounded past, but together can they mend their scars and turn friendship into love Things may just be starting to look up for Esme as she figures out what she wants to do next.Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage is a Story about picking yourself up and starting over, it s about Friendships, relationships, a journey of self discovery and love.This book is full of warmth, with a good dose of wit and humour and some scrumptious delights The romance aspect is slow moving but absolutely perfect for the storyline.The Characters are Endearing and relatable I loved watching Esme grow in confidence as she takes charge of her future Yes this is a compelling and Festive Delight but it s also perfect for a cold winters night, just try not to read on an empty tummy Thank you to Rachel Random Resources for this copy which I reviewed honestly and voluntarily.My Review is also on my Blog Website Sleigh bells ring, are you listening, in the lane snow is glistening, a beautiful site, we re happy tonight, walking in a winter wonderland Take a stroll through the beautiful lanes around mistletoe cottage Where you will meet some wonderful characters and have a journey filled with Christmas joy, magic and sparkle. Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review Though Joe seemed kind and caring when he was with her, there was an impenetrable sadness about him, a weight he carried, and she wondered if it would ever lift quote from ARC Great story and fully fleshed out characters An enthralling story with a captivating heroine and a hero drowning in sadness, Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage , by Katie Ginger HQ Digital has the added bonus of taking place in the sleepy town of Sandchester, UK, a beautiful setting so different from the regular American small town.Esme is a great heroine, super realistic, authentic as a character and with a fascinating honesty and decency as a person Her passion and liveliness are contagious.I loved watching Joe wake up from his slumbering depression, being positively affected by Esmes often unaware attitudes of compassion and tenderness, slowly falling for her and recovering the zest for life.Esme s receipes and Grandma s Kitchen are also great, they made me want to try and cook them.There s a lovely group of secondary characters Esme s mother, friends and sister Juanita is a great character, too, I was hoping for about her.A wonderful story, full of humor, about starting again, friendship, family and love and how teen relationships and experiences impact adult life and might lead to a HEA. I have a little confesssion to make Okay yes yet another one Although I have all three of Katie s books, I have only read two of them The other one is on my to be read mountain Now I have reminded myself just how great an author Katie is, that remaining book will not be on that to be read mountain for very much longer I totally, utterly and absolutely ADORED reading Snowflakes At Mistletoe Cottage but about that in a bit.I couldn t help but take to the character off Esme from the first moment I met her When the story starts she is employed on a cookery show as a food technologist In other words she does all the prep work and actually cooks the food whilst the host of the show flutters her eyelashes and pretends to be the one doing all the work, which means that she gets all the credit I couldn t help but feel irritated at the injustice of the whole thing Esme does all the hard work and somebody else takes all the credit Then to add insult into injury the host then pitches a new dish which is a blatant rip off of a recipe that was handed down to Esme from her grandmother There s a bit of argy bargy and Esme ends up resigning from her job I was mentally cheering her on at that point Reality sets in and Esme does worry about what she is going to do to bring the pennies in Then just to add to the day from hell her boyfriend decides that that is the day when he is going to dump her and tells her to move out It was at this point that I wanted to jump inside the pages of the book to give Esme a hug and supply her with medicinal chocolate whilst at the same time I wanted to slap the cookery show host with a wet fish a few dozen times and I definitely wanted to kick Esme s former boyfriend in a rather rude part of his anatomy two or three or four or even better five times I think I had taken to Esme so well that I just wanted to protect her, reassure her and to try to cheer her up Esme ends up going back to where she used to live and it s then that she comes into contact with the mysterious sounding Joe Joe is handsome and charming but it s clear that he has suffered some trauma in his past although it isn t immediately clear as to what that trauma is The trauma still deeply affects him and it isn t clear whether or not he will be able to overcome the past trauma There s a definite spark between Esme and Joe and I was keeping everything crossed that they would get together, have a kiss under the mistletoe and go off skipping into the sunset together Do they do exactly that Well guess what I am not going to tell you so you are just going to have to read the book for yourselves to find out.It didn t take me long to get into this book at all In fact by the time I got to the bottom of the first page, I knew that this was going to be one of those reads that would prove impossible to put down I must be psychic because that is exactly what happened I was so taken by the story, the lovely Esme and the author s writing style that I just couldn t bear to be parted from the book The book wasn t exactly glued to my hand but it might as well have been because it travelled everywhere with me The book had definitely developed a hold over me and it was a hold I wasn t going to break I did try to ration how much I read in one go so I could prolong my enjoyment of the book but I was loving the book so much that my attempt at rationing was soon thrown out of the window I binge read the book over the course of a day Snowflakes At Mistletoe Cottage is brilliantly written but then I wouldn t expect anything else from Katie Ginger She certainly knows how to grab your attention from the start and draw you into the story Once she has your attention she will not let it go Katie has created a brilliant character in Esme, who is a girl next door type and an all round good egg Katie writes so realistically and uses such great descriptions that I really did feel as though I was part of the story myself In fact I ended up wishing that I had friends like Esme has They put me in mind of the sorts of friends that Bridget Jones has In short, Snowflakes At Mistletoe Cottage is an adorable story with an equally adorable lead character Reading this book gave me a similar fuzzy warm feeling inside that felt like a hug from a mug and I was left with a smile on my face long after I finished the book and closed the back cover I have only two complaints about the book Firstly, that the book had to end and secondly all that talk of food made me feel hungry which isn t good when you are trying to lose weight I would definitely recommend this delightful book to other readers I can t wait to read from Katie Ginger The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5 out of 5. On A Grey London Day, Esme S World Crumbles Around Her When She Loses Her Glitzy Job On A Top TV Programme, Her Gorgeous, City Slicker Boyfriend And Her Stunning Apartment, All In One Fell Swoop Just Before ChristmasEsme Is Forced Suddenly To Move Back To Her Sleepy Home Town Of Sandchester, And Despite The Snow Blanketing The Roof And The Fairy Lights That Twinkle In Her Rustic Little Cottage, Everything Is Looking Bleak That Is Until She Reconnects With An Old Crush And Finds Herself Unexpectedly Getting Swept AwayBut Joe, Handsome And Charming As He Is, Is Not All He Seems Esme Soon Realises That He Has A Tragic Past Which He Just Might Not Be Able To Overcome Surrounded By Her Loving, If Hare Brained, Family And With The Support Of Her Hilarious Friends, Esme Is Determined To Have A Go At Forging Her Own Path, Even If It All Comes To Nothing But One Question Still Lingers In Her Mind Will She Find Someone To Kiss Under The Mistletoe This Christmas I have been eagerly awaiting this book and what a little gem it was.Esme thinks she has life under control and everything heading in the right direction unitl the rug is pulled from under her feet After a horrendously bad day Esme is forced to reassess her life decisions and moves back home to her parents in Sandchester.I absolutely loved this book, it is a story full of hope, determination and at times desperation Esme s antics will make you laugh throughout and leave you craving home Chocolate cake The descriptions are vivid and allow you to visualise her in the cosy kitchen in Mistletoe Cottage Esme is a superb character brimming with personality who I would love to have as a friend, especially with her wonderful cooking skills She is the friend everyone needs in their lives and her Mum is a full force of nature that will make you giggle A book full of love and laughter that will make you feel all warm and fuzzy, leaving you feeling you have a lost a friend in Esme when you reach the end I devoured this book and whilst reading it looked forward to picking it up to keep reading, even forsaking chasing Daisy to get ready for school as I was so keen to keep reading. I was fortunate to be an early reader of this beautifully written book I feel in love with Esme, and loved being with her as she pieced her life back together This is a scrumptious festive read, and Katie Ginger has proven again that she is the Queen of the slow burn romance Highly recommended.
Katie is a mystery and romance writer Her debut novel The Little Theatre on the Seafront, published by Harper Collins, HQ Digital UK has been nominated for the Katie Fforde Debut Novel of the Year Award She also likes gin A lot So if you have any gin based recipes you d like to share, or to find out about up coming publications, please check out her website.
- Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage
- Katie Ginger
- 10 July 2019 Katie Ginger