Book Review: ‘A Christmas Hideaway’ by Emily Harvale

Posted January 20, 2016 by thischickreads in review / 0 Comments

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Book Review: ‘A Christmas Hideaway’ by Emily HarvaleA Christmas Hideaway by Emily Harvale
Series: A Hideaway Down #1
Published on 23.11.2015
Genres: chick lit
Pages: 204
Source: Author
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You can’t hide from Love.

Holly Gilroy was devastated when her long-term boyfriend, Paul ran off with Naomi, her best friend. Now Paul and Naomi are back in Hideaway Down for Christmas but Holly has no intention of bumping into the happy couple. Cooking and cleaning for the guests at her Mum’s holiday cottages is one way to avoid that. Because she can’t let Paul see she’s still in love with him… can she?

Gabriel Hardwick is desperate to finish his novel… and avoid his agent, Bryony Dawes – who also happens to be his girlfriend. At least that’s what Bryony’s still telling everyone. Will Gabriel’s decision to spend Christmas alone in a rented holiday cottage finally make Bryony see that it’s over between them? And is that really what Gabriel wants?

But they’re not the only ones with problems this festive season.
It’s the coldest winter for years and the villagers and visitors in Hideaway Down are finding warmth in the most unexpected places… and not just from the roaring log fire in the hearth of The Snowdrop Inn.




‘A Christmas Hideaway’ is the first book by Emily Harvale I’ve read, but it certainly won’t be my last one. If it wasn’t for my friend Rachel, I don’t believe I’d catch it on my radar as there are just SO MANY books out there, but thankfully I listen to my friends’ recommendations and spotted Emily’s books just in time for the most magical time of the year, Christmas!

Yes, this is a Christmas book and not only that, it’s a warm and magical romance story that truly put me in the Christmas spirit. Starting from September or October each year and up till Christmas, I read mostly festive reads, and before reading Emily’s book I had read quite some and some very good ones too. However, this is the book that completely got me feeling festive, and I do believe even if you’re not reading it for Christmas, the lovely descriptions and snowy setting will instantly put you in that mood. Yes, there are many books marketed as Christmas reads, but not that many who’re able to do that.

‘A Christmas Hideaway’ is a charming romance story about Holly, who’s not really looking forward to Christmas as her ex-boyfriend who hooked up with her best friend, is coming back home. The break up wasn’t the nicest or most fair, a simple note ending a long relationship never is. And the fact he dumped her for her best friend, only adds to the disappointment. However, this Christmas might just be one of the best Holly’s ever had, with Gabriel entering her life. Gabriel is a writer who’s staying in one of the cottages owned by Holly’s family. However, he’s not like the other guests staying, coming to Hideaway for the snow and family time. During his stay he hopes he’ll get some peace, work on his novel and avoid his ex-girlfriend, which proves to be harder than he thinks as she’s also his agent. Both Holly and Gabriel have their reasons to be everything but cheery this Christmas, but at the same time the fact they’d been a bit hurt in the past brings them closer.

‘A Christmas Hideaway’ is a delightful read and while there are no twists and shocking surprises, it’s a book with a strong feel-good factor. You know what they say, it’s not about the destination, but about the journey. Well, that applies perfectly for this novel, it’s all about the writing which will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

The side characters are amazing too especially Holly’s sister who’s kind of like me. Fun loving, upfront, always says things as they are. Not as tactful as Holly, but she’s the sassy one, like little ball of energy. I really wish to see more of her, and as this is the first in a brand new series, I hope my wish will come true and the next Hideaway Down novel will be about her.

Overall, I’m really happy I read this book and during Christmas at that, and if you’re anything like me and can read festive books all year round, I definitely recommend it. A quick, charming read with a strong feel-good factor, perfect for curling up on this cold weather.




About Emily Harvale

Emily writes witty and wonderfully romantic novels, novellas and short stories with her trademark humour, warmth and emphasis on friendship, fun and falling in love.
Emily lived and worked in London (law and banking) for several years before returning to her home town of Hastings, to write. She had an amazing time in the City and many incredible experiences and, if you meet her for a glass of wine one day, she may just tell you a few stories that she hasn't made up! Emily loves writing and is proud to be a full member of the Society of Authors. When she isn't writing, Emily can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies - and will do anything to avoid both.

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