I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Christmas at Cranberry Cottage by Talli Roland
Published by Notting Hill Press
Published on 7.10.2015
Genres: chick lit
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Home is where the heart is . . .
With a whirlwind lifestyle travelling the world, the one thing Jess Millward relies on is Christmas with her gran in cosy Cranberry Cottage. When her grandmother reveals the house is directly in the path of a new high-speed railway, Jess is determined to fight.
Can Jess save the cottage from demolition, or will she have no home to come to this Christmas?
It’s been a while since I’ve read something by Talli Roland and when I found out she was releasing a Christmas short story I was over the moon. When I found out I was on Talli’s reviewers’ list, I was ecstatic. As you can tell, I really really love her works and think she’s one of the most talented British chick lit authors.
Having read quite a few of her novels as well as short stories, I started this one with very high expectations. My thoughts after reading it were…let’s just say I was slightly confused.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s still the same Talli, with a story about family and just a bit of romance that will warm your hearts, but it could have been much better, in my opinion.
The story is centered around Jess Millward, who’s back from NY after hearing her family home will be demolished due to railroad works. There are many reasons why she’s so strongly attached to Cranberry Cottage, the biggest being she grew up there, raised by her grandmother after losing her parents in an accident. Despite moving years ago and becoming a well known photographer, she simply can’t allow her and her grandmother’s much loved home to be turned to ashes. So, she’s back hoping to change some things and save the lovely little cottage.
This short story had a lot of potential, but I do believe as most reviewers around here have said already, that the problem is it’s too short for us to connect to the story or see more from any of the characters. Despite finishing it in just half an hour, I admit, I could have enjoyed it more. Ms Roland could’ve included more pages about the potential romance instead of Jess’ photo shoots in NY, at least that’s my opinion.
I did like what I saw of Jess, she’s dynamic, has a wonderful job she’s very good at and she has a heart of gold. I also got to see a glimpse of her stubbornness which was actually very cute. I loved the relationship she has with her grandmother and being someone who’s lost their grandparents pretty early on in life, I adore stories like this and find them very emotional and warm.
However, there’s a good reason behind my rating. The ending seemed rushed and the romance was almost non-existent. I wouldn’t go into telling you why though, as it would be considered a major spoiler. So leave it up to you to decide and find out what I’m talking about after reading this short story. It is rather short and such a quick read, and I assume most of you Christmassy books’ fans will give it a try. Who knows, you might end up liking it more than I did. I seriously wish that happens.
As for me and my love for Talli Roland’s books, it’s as strong as it was even before reading this short story. I will definitely be reading more of her books and am already looking forward to her next.