I can’t believe it’s already time for our last #BookoutureXmas post. Yes, this is the last day of the event and we hope that though short it was very sweet. We’d like to thank the lovely Bookouture for being with us during this event and to the other wonderful 14 bloggers involved. This would have never happened without your support, and I thank each and every one of you for the involvement and great enthusiasm you had for this event. It’s the very first event we’re organizing and your brilliant support and encouraging messages from readers mean the world to us. We’ve already had a promise from Bookouture we’ll be back with another brilliant event, and we hope you’ll gonna love that one as much as you loved #BookoutureXmas. Today we bring you a review and a giveaway of Holly Martin’s ‘Snowflakes on Silver Cove’ which will be released in just three short days. Read on for our review and make sure you enter the fantastic international giveaway. Thank you all for reading and for supporting us and the event. See you very soon with more exciting projects!
Libby Joseph is famous for her romantic Christmas stories. Every December, readers devour her books of falling in love against the magical backdrop of the Christmas season. If only Libby believed in the magic herself…
Struggling to finish her current novel, Libby turns to her best friend and neighbour George Donaldson to cheer her up. But George also needs a bit of support himself. Nervous about getting back into the dating saddle after splitting from his wife, he and Libby strike a deal. She will teach George how to win over the ladies, and Libby will in turn be inspired to inject her novel with a good dose of romance.
As Libby and George explore the beautiful White Cliff Bay on a series of romantic Christmas-themed dates, Libby finds herself having more fun than she’s had in ages and…discovers feelings that she never knew she had for George.
But is it too late? Will George win someone else’s heart or can Libby act like the heroine in one of her stories and reach for her own love under the mistletoe this Christmas?
* Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review *
‘Snowflakes on Silver Cove’ is the second book in the festive White Cliff Bay series and one I read immediately after finishing the first part, ‘Christmas at Lilac Cottage’. I’m so happy I read them one after another, as I really fell in love with picturesque White Cliff Bay and was thrilled to spend some more time in the wonderful place.
In this book we meet Libby and George, who are amazing friends however there’s a lovely chemistry between them. The main problem for getting this relationship to develop any further is the rather nomad life style Libby leads. She’s an author who’s constantly seeking an inspiration for her romances, which she finds by moving from one place to another. She’s simply not the person to settle in one place, especially not little White Cliff Bay which might be beautiful and tranquil but is certainly not the place she pictures herself settling in. Both George and Libby have been unfortunate when it comes to their love relationships, so they are rather careful when it comes to meeting new people. Wanting to help out George grow more confident when it comes to ladies, and seeking for a bit of inspiration for her next novel, Libby agrees on going out on a few friendly dates. However, these friendly dates just might develop into something else, especially as it’s that special magical time of year.
While we mostly follow Libby and George’s story, we also get a bit of Amy and Seb. They do love each other, but five years ago Seb lost his wife and despite being able to move on after all that time, it seems his mother in law doesn’t feel like he should. These two relationships we follow in the story, Seb and Amy’s and Libby and George’s one are rather different, but for some unknown reason for me I think the story of Libby and George overshadowed Amy and Seb’s one. It could be just me but it also could be because I really think Libby and George were more developed as characters and I managed to get to know them better.
‘Snowflakes on Silver Cove’ in my opinion has a bigger dose of humour from the first part of the series.I loved the banter between George and Libby and they seemed like such a cute couple and one I was rooting for from the beginning. I also liked the connection to the first part in the series, ‘Christmas at Lilac Cottage’ and the fact that both of these novels have the same time frame, so we get to see some situations happen in both of the books but seen from different aspects. I loved I got to see Henry and Penny once again, and see just how appreciated Penny is in the community.
If I compare the 2 books in the series, they are rather different. Unlike ‘Christmas at Lilac Cottage’ where there’s a bit of insta-love, in ‘Snowflakes on Silver Cove’ the romance is build gradually, something which appeals to me more. So, maybe that’s the reason why I liked this part just a tiny bit more.
But nevertheless, it’s still same Holly Martin, well known for her knack to create magical, romantic stories you’ll devour in one sitting. The best bit was that the book totally got me into the festive spirit, despite reading it good two months ahead of Christmas. If you’re a sucker for sweet romance with some Christmas sparkle, this is the book for you. And make sure you read the first one ‘Christmas in Lilac Cottage’. Though being part of a series, by all means you can read them as standalones, but for full enjoyment I advise reading them in the order.
My rating: 8/10
Thanks to the fab guys from Bookouture, we’re offering you a chance to win a PAPERBACK of ‘Snowflakes on Silver Cove’. The giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY and closes on 7th of Novemeber. Winner will be contacted by e-mail or on twitter and will have 48 hours to claim their prize. If we don’t hear from them, we’ll pick a new winner. Best of luck, guys and thanks for reading!