A Cornish Christmas at the Farmhouse Bakery
by Linn B. Halton
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Pub Date 12 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 19 Oct 2023
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Open your heart to The Farmhouse Bakery this Christmas…
Newlyweds Ivy and Adam Taylor have put their heart and soul into building their own businesses, but when circumstances conspire against them, it all comes crashing down. Could a Christmas miracle be just around the corner when best friend Jess suggests Ivy open the bakery she has always dreamed of at her Cornish Farmhouse.
Ivy is not so sure she has the heart to start over and winter is hardly the best time to launch a new business near the seaside… but it’s not long before the couple realise that although they are starting from scratch in a new place, they are far from alone.
There is nothing the community at Renweneth Farm does better than Christmas, and as the nights draw in and the snow falls, nothing is impossible…
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I absolutely adore acquiring books like this. They are so cozy and filled with family. I could relate so much to Jess and her situation. I also loved her grandfather as well! I was laughing, crying, and enjoyed every moment. The beautiful scenery didn’t hurt either, Itvwas a wonderful book to show sometimes everything doesn’t work out as planned bc something even better is in. Store! Cannot wait to share with our readers.
A really heartwarming story that makes the season great. It makes you automatically think you are in the story like a book version of a hallmark movie
Lovely to be back at Renweneth Farm.You follow Adam and Ivy’s story. Great. Lots of hard decisions and hard work. People are quick to judge. I loved the story. Lots of teamwork. Loved the idea of healthy cakes. Felt for Rachel.. A brilliant read. A perfect happy ending for Adam and Ivy
I received a free copy of, A Cornish Christmas at the Farmhouse Bakery, by Linn B. Halton, from the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This is book 2 of The Escape to Cornwall series. Newly weds Adam and Ivy are starting over in the winter, in Cornwall. This book has so much heart, everyone comes together to help Ivy and Adam start a new business, everyone deserves friends like that. Such a great Christmas story, just warmed my heart.
A compelling read set in lovely Cornwall. It was a heartwarming story full of love and romance. I found it hard to put down. I loved it.
A lovely Christmas story. I loved reading about Ivy and Adam’s journey and I liked how we read both sides of the story. A nice, warm-hearted read.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced ebook copy in exchange for an honest review.
I was excited to see this on NetGalley, having read book 1 earlier this year. I love the characters and setting!
Ivy runs a successful cafe in Stroud, but her expansion plans are ruined by a horrible landlord. With her husband Adam's full support, they move to her best friends farm in Cornwall to open a new bakery. But along the way small town jealousy and snow cause chaos for the farm and Ivy.
I really enjoyed this book and stayed up far too late reading it (despite having a newborn who was definitely going to wake me up too early).
I loved the jumps between Ivy and Adam telling the story - early on offering alternative perspectives on the same issue and then just talking about their new lives.
In my review for book 1, I mentioned a map would be useful to help understand the layout of the farm/campsite etc. I was very pleased to see a map on page 1 this time - although sadly I couldn't expand it on Kindle to read it properly.
The acknowledgements say it's a 3 book series - I can't wait for book 3 (is it Riley's story? Do they move into the manor? Can't wait!)
I really enjoyed this book, it can be read as standalone. Great Characters though i did feel as if Ivy was going to have a breakdown. Lovely book cover.
I absolutely loved this book and couldn’t put it down - beautifully written, great story, plenty of ups and down to keep you hooked and a bucket load of feels. As soon as I started reading I felt transported right to its heart and if Renweneth Farm existed I would be visiting in a heart beat. The characters are all brilliantly portrayed and relatable and the variety of them really adds to the sense of community. Similarly the setting in Cornwall has a real sense of place and almost becomes a character in its own right. This is the second book in the series and reading it feels like a catch up with friends. In essence it is a perfect piece of romantic escapism which will transport you away from the stresses and strains of everyday life and leave you feeling uplifted and warm and fuzzy inside. As comforting as an indulgent hot chocolate on the coldest winters day it’s one not to be missed!
Naomi thought she would be with Ben forever, but now fresh from divorce she is moving to a rundown country holiday home for a new start.
Set in Cornwall, the story allows the reader to share every experience and Cornwall sounds amazing, the story does a great job of allowing the reader to join Naomi as she experiences her new life and I cant wait to read more from Linn B Halton.
A Cornish Christmas at the Farmhouse Bakery, is a nice enough story with a beautiful setting and lovely characters. My only upset is the story was too long and if it had been compact and bit concise I'd have enjoyed it more.
Books are an escape and Linn B. Halton delivers another lovely slice of escapism in book 2 of The Escape to Cornwall series. I read book 1 earlier this year and was excited to read book 2 and follow Ivy and Adam’s story.
Ivy runs a successful cafe in Stroud but her plans to expand are ruined by her horrible landlord. Ivy’s best friend, Jess, suggests that Ivy move to Renweneth Farm and takeover the farmhouse bakery on Jess’s estate. After talking it over with Adam, they agree to move to the farm and take over the bakery and help Jess organize the Christmas festival. Things are not as smooth as small town jealousy and snow cause chaos for the farm and Ivy.
Though there are hardships along the way, the community comes together to help Ivy and Adam start a new business.
This book has a lot of heart with everyone coming together to help. A beautiful setting and the author immerses the reader in the sights, sounds, and emotions of the story. A delightful, heartwarming and uplifting story.
Thank you to Netgalley and Aria for the advanced copy to read in exchange for my honest opinion.
I don't think there's a book title in the world that grabs me more than one containing the words "Christmas" and "bakery". My favourite thing to do is write recipes for, and bake, festive treats, so this earned a five-star rating before I'd even opened the first page.
It is book two of the "Escape to Cornwall" series, but I haven't read the first one and I didn't feel any worse off for not doing so. Sure, there's probably little things you may pick up if you've read the first, but it doesn't negatively impact the reading of this one.
Just the ver descriptions of festive baking...oh it's gorgeous. I don't bake nearly as much as I used to, for health reasons, but I used to be in the kitchen from dawn to dusk at Christmas time, baking fruit cakes, gingerbreads and stollens. And so this book really took me back. You can practically smell the festive aromas and taste the goods. It's really well thought out and written. It has made me really excited for the colder months and to go and lose myself in my festive cookbooks.
It is written from the point-of-view of both Ivy and Adam, across Cornwall and Gloucestershire. It means we get an insight into each of their lives, their thoughts and worries. Whilst I would say Ivy is the key protagonist for whom everyone else orbits, by splitting the chapters, it puts Ivy and Adam on an equal billing which was lovely to see, as male characters in romance novels are often not as well developed as the female.
I like the intergenerational aspects of the characters. We have the main adults, but we also have their own children, and their own parents, which allows Linn B. Halton to fully explore what Christmas means to the different age groups.
As a whole, this is a book about community, about helping others and loving others and supporting others. About how strangers can become friends, and friends who can become family. And it's a community I would quite happily be a part of.
There's hardships, like in real life: single parenthood, new relationships, relationship difficulties, moving house, unemployment, long-distance employment, self-employment, mortgages, financial issues etc. But that's what makes it real. That's what makes the good times so great, because you've got to overcome the bad.
I have never been to Cornwall in the winter before but I think it would just be idyllic. I love it in the summer - and I hate summer - but love winter, so assume it would just be the most perfect time.
Like I say, I didn't read the first in the series, and I don't know if there will be anymore in this series, but I really hope there is. It just grabbed me and I'm still thinking about it now.
It is just a really uplifting, cosy, warming, beautiful cuddle of a book and I highly recommend it.
The 2nd book in a series but this time Centring on Ivy and Adam although all the characters from the first book feature. The bakery needs new owners but can Ivy step up to this challenge. Definitely some unanswered issues which I hope will be answered in book 3 as I want to know more about Riley and his son.
Thanks to Linn and her publisher. Thanks also to NetGalley. An easy 5⭐️
Thank you NetGalley and Aria&Aries for the opportunity to read this lovely book for free in exchange for an honest review!
Book 2 of the Escape to Cornwall series following Ivy, Jess’s best friend and Adam, Iris’s husband. The couple are now past the first year of marriage and things are not looking how they planned. Iris has set up her successful business in Stroud and Adam is making do with the odd job here and there. However, after Iris’s rubbish landlord sells up the building where her business currently is the couple have to think through their options, some down the road and some may be too good to be true in the lovely idyllic Cornwall. Does everything work out the end?
I loved this book, especially the realism of the conversations and communication that needs to happen in a healthy relationship. I love that Iris is very much a realist and I can relate to her and her pragmatism. Adam sounds like the dream man who is supportive, listens and is always happy to help if you need a hand with something. I appreciated that we saw the couple really weigh up the options given to them when all their original plans are thrown into the air. This book was very close to convincing me to move back down to the South West of England again. What a lovely Christmas comfort read!
Get comfy with your hot chocolate and enjoy the holiday season in Cornwall with Ivy, Adam, Jess, Riley and the villagers at Renweneth Farm.
This is the second in the cozy Farmhouse series and the focus this time is on Ivy & Adam. Challenged by the ups and downs of life and business, they make the hard decision to relocate and start their careers anew. Hard, but rewarding work will hopefully turn their fortunes around.
Favorite characters return and new ones are introduced. This is a village that you look forward to revisiting.
A most enjoyable and easy read! Can’t wait to read what happens next!
Thank you to #NetGalley and Aria Books for this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.
Pub Date 12 October 2023
Cute story, unique with great themes, the focus on the recipes and supporting a community was nice to read. It was well paced and had good descriptions. It was nice to have a fiction/Christmas story that had an established romance and focused more on being happy in life and finding your place, with a strong commitment to family, friends, and community.
Oh wow... Amazing..... Christmas cheer..... Family
I loved this book. It's so full of every emotion that it makes the readers heart fill up.
The bakery sounds like heaven. It's a place where you want to go and try all the yummy items that are mentioned in the book. It actually made me hungry.
I can't wait to read it again
A beautiful mix of Christmas, new love and baked goods all taking place in Cornwall. Charming and warm.
A great holiday read. I recommend it.
This book was absolutely enchanting. It was perfect to curl up on the couch under a blanket and just read. I could so see this as a netflix movie. Im so glad that i got to read Ivy and Adams story. A wonderful 5 star read.
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This book is part of a three book series . Having only read this one, I can honestly say it didn’t matter, because it is so well written and so descriptive it was very easy to learn the characters, their history and life
This focuses on Adam, Ivy and the bakery - setting up the business and making friends.
This story made me want to move to Cornwall and start a new life, it’s beautiful and descriptive.
Definitely want to read the others in this series now.
You know it's a darned good story when you just want to keep reading. I don't know how to categorise this book. The first one in the series felt a little romancey, but this is a step away from that and the storyline is so good, it's not necessary. This is simply a fabulous story that continues the happenings set out in Summer at the Cornish Farmhouse. We travel through the run-up to Christmas viewing proceedings through the eyes of those that were side characters last time around. It feels good to get to know them a bit better.
The people that we read about feel very real. They have problems that keep them awake at night. They have issues with people around them. They have to work to sort things out - but work they do and the end results are worth it.
This was a lovely cosy, comforting read.
I seem to recall reading a book about The Farmhouse Bakery at some point previously, so it was nice to read about those characters again. While this story mentions 'Christmas' in the title, not all of it takes place at Christmas time, so it would probably be fine to read this at any time of year. It's the type of book that I might pick up for a little escape, or some light relief after a particularly heavy book.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for a free copy to review.
Newlyweds Adam and Ivy are starting over in the winter, in Cornwall. This book has so much heart, everyone comes together to help Ivy and Adam start a new business, everyone deserves friends like that. Such a great Christmas story! It just warmed my heart. #ACornishChristmasAtTheFarmhouseBakery #NetGalley
Thanks Netgalley for allowing me to read this book. Ivy enjoys married life. Her work life needs some help. She is unsure about what direction she wants to go in. When her best friend offers some ideas, she takes them to heart. This was a quick read.
Fantastic book, absolutely love the warm cosy characters.. you get the feeling and sense the smell of the bakery.
The story unwraps to the friendships and their trials. Helping the community and involving people to help each other. A great read especially at winter time.
When Ivy Taylor finds herself in urgent need of new premises for her successful Café business her best friend Jess comes up with an idea.
Why don’t Ivy and her husband Adam relocate to Cornwall and take over The Farmhouse Bakery at Renweneth Farm? Adam loves the idea but Ivy is sceptical. Can she really leave behind her family and friends and start again?
Deciding to take the plunge, Ivy and Adam quickly learn that they will have friends old and new who will help them in their new venture.
Set in the run up to Christmas, in an idyllic location, this story of friendship, love and family, will give you a warm festive glow.
So lovely to return to Cornwall and Renweneth Farm for Christmas, everything seems to be coming up roses in this delightful, seasonal story for Ivy and Adam and hopefully we can return next summer
Loved this book. Ivy has had to give up her confectionery and cake business in stroud as her inscrupulous landlord has sold the shop. Her friend Jess gives her a lifeline to open a cafe and bakery.in Cornwall
This is the second in the series, and the focus this time is on Jess' best friend Ivy and her husband Adam.
Adam is looking for work after quitting his job. Temporarily, he helps Riley at Renwenweth Manor.
Ivy is looking for new premises for her bakery around their home in Stroud.
An opportunity for Ivy and Adam to start afresh with a new home and an established business presents itself at Renweneth, but will Ivy take the plunge?
I loved catching up with these characters again. The whole setting sounds like a dream place to live, especially living that close to the sea.
This has a lovely Christmassy feel, with everyone coming together and getting into the spirit.
I hope there is a third book.
Thanks to Netgalley and Aria and Aries for the ARC in return for an honest review.
A truly joyful story to get lost in, especially the excitement of Christmas. It’s so descriptive you feel herself licking your lips as you taste some of the extraordinary recipes Ivy comes up with. As the story unfolds Ivy finds herself at a crossroads in her career and unsure which route to follow.
This book was such a perfect Christmas fix for this time of year, for anyone that enjoys celebrating Christmas in July. It had such cozy hallmark vibes. The story just felt like the perfect thing to read when you’re cozy up by the fire with a warm cup of cocoa! I would love to just dive in and live in this town!
A Cornish Christmas at the Farmhouse Bakery" transports readers to the idyllic landscapes of Cornwall. With a blend of heartwarming characters and the spirit of Christmas, this tale is both cozy and compelling, making it the perfect read to curl up with next to a roaring fire. Highly recommended for a dose of holiday cheer!
Thank you Aria and Aries and NetGalley for this ARC.
Ivy and Adam have some big decisions to make as they find themselves out of work. Should ivy give up her dream and can Adam find a building firm with the same high standards as his own?.
Jess, ivy’s best friend from school has a solution, but is it the right one for them all?
This engaging and enjoyable story left me wanting more. It also has some interesting information about baking with healthy ingredients, something I would like to explore more.
An easy enjoyable read.
I loved this book.
I wanted to immediately move to Cornwall and somehow be part of what Jess and her family and friends are establishing. I felt excited for Ivy and Adam when they decide to make the move. The writing conveyed that it was hard work but enjoyable at the same time. It shows the difference that community and enlisting the support of locals can make when starting a new venture.
I didn't read this at Christmas, but that didn't matter. It helped me to begin to anticipate the festive season.
Thanks to the publishers and Netgalley for the ARC to review. Opinions are my own.
This is the second book in the Cornish Farmhouse trilogy. This time round we see Ivy and Adam facing new challenges. Can the suggestion from Ivy's best friend Jess, to open a bakery at Renweneth Farm, be the opportunity they need to reset their lives?
Wonderful descriptions (I could almost taste the bread and cakes!), heartwarming friendships, and a cosy sense of community make this a lovely read. However, as in the first book, the author does overuse names in conversation and it still irritated me - you simply don't say someone's name in every line of speech!
A wonderful Christmas story set in beautiful Cornwall.
This is a real heart warming read full of community spirit, friendships, romance and Christmas spirit. It’s a HUGE Christmas hug from a book.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC in return for an honest review.
You can't beat a good Christmas time novel, this was no exception! A great read to get you in the festive spirit, the plot is engaging and I got completely drawn in and engaged in the story.
Such a heart warming book. I had read the first book and loved it and was great to read another with the same characters and see where their story would take them.
Hoping for another one!
"A Cornish Christmas at the Farmhouse Bakery" by Linn B. Halton is a heartwarming and enchanting holiday romance that transports readers to the picturesque landscapes of Cornwall, England. With its cozy setting, endearing characters, and festive atmosphere, this novel is a perfect read for the Christmas season.
The story revolves around the Farmhouse Bakery, a charming family business run by a strong-willed and talented protagonist. As the holiday season approaches, the bakery becomes a hub of activity, and its heartwarming traditions come to life. Halton expertly captures the essence of the Cornish countryside, painting a vivid backdrop filled with scenic beauty and a sense of community.
At the center of the narrative are well-drawn characters whose personal stories and struggles add depth to the novel. The romance unfolds naturally and is both heartwarming and relatable. The chemistry between the characters is palpable, and their emotional journeys make it easy for readers to become invested in their happiness.
The book celebrates the spirit of Christmas, highlighting the importance of family, tradition, and the magic of the season. While the plot follows a familiar romantic formula, it's the cozy setting, the holiday traditions, and the genuine warmth of the characters that make this story a standout in the genre.
In conclusion, "A Cornish Christmas at the Farmhouse Bakery" is a delightful and uplifting holiday read that captures the magic of Christmas in Cornwall. Linn B. Halton's storytelling skillfully blends romance, tradition, and community spirit to create a heartwarming and memorable narrative. If you're a fan of Christmas romance novels that transport you to idyllic settings and fill your heart with festive cheer, this book is a perfect choice to curl up with during the holiday season.
Another excellent story set at Renwethen Farm. As Adam and Ivy face challenges in their work lives, Jess comes up with a great solution and everyone pitches in.
As always, Linn creates such a vivid world. Her descriptions of the farm and bakery made me feel like I was there and I couldn't wait to see how the story unfolded. I'm hoping there's another part in the series...
I look forward to Linn's writing with every release and I'm certain you'll love to dive deep into the wonderful Cornish scenery too.
I was lucky enough to get an ARC of A Cornish Christmas at the Farmhouse Bakery by Linn B. Halton on Netgalley.
It's a really enjoyable read, and even rhough I haven't read the first in the series it was no problem to quickly get into the story. You get hints about a previous book every so often, but it works well on it's own.
Having a married couple as the main characters was a definite plus for me, instead of all the drama being around stupid misunderstandings or such to create the tension for the book, hee we have a stady and strong couple. The hook of the book is all about the tough decuisions of choosing your dreams, or rather going with the save option.
The cast was lovely, and I was very happy to spend my time with these close knit people who are always happy to lend a hand and help out. It definitely got me in the Christmas spirit, and the ralk about all teh christmas cakes had my mouth watering!
I also adored how both the bakery and the whole farm are trying to go a healthier and more local way. With real ingredients and employees that are already close at hand. It added more depth and feeling to the story, and yet none of the characters was ever pushy about it, so it didn't feel like they tried to force anyone into their way of life.
Even though I enjoyed teh book a lot, I'll end up with 4 stars, as a few times the book felt a bit preachy about life, as in it didn't feel like authentic character dialogue a few times, especially in teh end, but rather like the author lecturing me about how precious life is. The story managed to show this perfectly all on it's own, which made this extra emphasis stick out even more. There's also one big drama moment added, probably to raise the stakes and have one "heart racing" moment, but again it didn't seem to fit perfectly with thebook, and I would have enjoyed the story more if that bit was simply not there - and it wouldn't even have changed the story.
Outside of these two quibbles, this was a fantastic read with such a great setting, and so many baked goods I want to try right away, I wish I could just walk right into the farm!
Christmas and Baking. Two of my favourite things and that is why I requested this book. And what a charming book it is. So easy to read and a book that warms you up on any cold day or night.
This a a cosy read that is heart-warming, fun, Christmassy and with a great setting and great characters. Loved Adam and Ivy but need to go back and find book one as I didn't realise it was part of a series.
A quick and easy read for me and one I thoroughly enjoyed and felt relaxed and happy while reading it. .
Thank you NetGalley and Aria & Aries for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book.
Absolutely lovely story of Adam & Ivy's journey I felt part of the story and felt myself willing the couple on as they struggled Ivy with her bakery and Adam doing odd jobs as a builder and jealousy in the community.
This is the 2nd book and a good follow on that is compelling and gets you engrossed to what the future holds.
Could not put it down and the descriptions of the farmhouse and its scenery were great.
Thanks to NetGalley & Aria & Aries, for the ARC for a honest review.
I want to thank NetGalley and the publisher for letting me read and review an advanced copy of this book.
Ivy (a cafe/bakery owner) and her husband Adam (a self-employed construction worker) have come face-to-face with one of those life major roadblocks. Which detour they take will require major life-altering changes. One opportunity for Ivy requires relocation, and Adam’s new job will require him to be gone for long stretches of time.
This is truly a Christmas, feel-good, story that shows how friendships, hard-work, and perseverance can take a bad situation and make it a good experience.
I love a Christmas read and this one did not fail me. Curl up with a cuppa and read and fall into the farmhouse bakery world.
Renweneth Farm wasn't in Ivy and Adam's plans but here they are after a rotten landlord tanked Ivy's business and Adam has had trouble settling into something, They alternate telling this story of community and Christmas set in Cornwall. Not everyone's happy to welcome Ivy's new baking business or her taking over the village Christmas celebration at first but then....Oh the descriptions of the treats! Thanks to netgalley for the ARC, You might recognize some of the themes and the characters might be a tad trope-y but it's a heart warmer.
What a lovely charming read this was.
Ivy and Adam are facing an uncertain future in Stroud, it is a struggle to decide which way to go. Is it worth leaving close family and friends for a new start elsewhere? There are so many “what ifs..”.
This book is obviously part of a series, I fully intend to look up the others as I enjoyed this one so much.
Lovers of Jessica Redland, Erica James, and Katie Fforde will enjoy this charming read.
A delightful cozy, Christmas book which are quickly becoming a must read for me in fall! The setting of this book in Cornwall was perfect and seeing Adam and Ivy's story unfold was wonderful.
Nothing beats a fab feel good Christmas story. The setting was great made me want to go to Cornwall! Reading it all cosy when its freezing outside. Made me feel festive!
A Cornish Christmas at the Farmhouse Bakery is a lovely cosy story set in beautiful surroundings. I really enjoyed this festive read which really got me in the mood for the upcoming season.
Thank you to NetGalley and Aria & Aries for my ARC.
Thanks to the Publisher and Netgalley for an early review copy.
The second book in the series focuses on Ivy and her husband Adam.
After Adam quit his last job, he’s now looking for work, in the meantime he goes to help Riley with his jobs at Renwenweth Manor.
As the bakery is sold where Ivy works, she’s on the lookout for new premises, near their house. But she’s not having much luck.
Jess gives Ivy and Adam a chance to make a new start with a business that’s already up and running as well as a place to live, but it’s at Renweneth.
Will Ivy take up that opportunity to move away from those she loves?
It was lovely to meet up with the characters and the festive feeling was also lovely.
I recommend this book.
A Cornish Christmas at the Farmhouse Bakery by Linn B. Halton, book two in the Escape to Cornwall series, features Iris, Jess’s best friend from school, and Adam, Iris’ husband. The couple are now past the first year of marriage and things are not going as they planned. Iris has set up her successful bakery in Stroud and Adam is making do with the odd job here and there. However, after Iris’ landlord sells the building where her business currently is, the couple have to think through their options. Jess, Ivy’s best friend, has a solution: she suggests they should move to Cornwall to start over. She has a shop that Ivy can use to start up her own shop and, to make things even better, there is a cottage that Ivy and Adam can live in.
This is a book about community, about helping others, loving others, and supporting others; how strangers can become friends, and friends who can become family. With a blend of heartwarming characters and the spirit of Christmas, this tale is both cozy and compelling, making it the perfect read to curl up with next to a roaring fire. I highly recommend A Cornish Christmas at the Farmhouse Bakery to other readers who need a dose of holiday cheer.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
A heart-warming and cosy seasonal read. Very engrossing and was hard to put down. There is something magical about festive books and this one is no exception.
Festive, heart-warming and life affirming: this is the right book I needed in this time when the world seems lost in a blood bath.
It made me smile and I rooted for the characters
Many thanks to the publisher for this ARC, all opinions are mine
The cover of this book is just so cute. I just love Christmas books! I knew i had to read this one as soon as I saw it. This was such a sweet Christmas story. It was about friendship and relationships. There is so much heart and family in this book. It has a true sense of community. I loved all the healthy baking. It sure made me hungry. Thank you NetGalley and Aria & Aries, for the arc in exchange for my honest review.
This was my first book by this author, I didn’t realise it was book 2 in the series. Whilst I did manage to read it as a stand-alone, I constantly felt like I was missing something, backgrounds on the characters and things that were hinted at that had happened. Yes, there was a lot explained and I was able to connect with Ivy and Adam and really root for their success, but for me I would have preferred to have read book one (and I will go back and read it)
The heart in the book was amazing, I loved the support that Adam and Ivy gave each other, trying to follow their dreams and earn a decent wage. They worked very hard and deserve all the success they got.
The descriptions of the entire place were beautiful, and when the Christmas decorations were going up I could really imagine how festive it all looked.
It was a lovely, feel good Christmas read.
This was just the perfect festive story for the upcoming festive season! To be honest all I need is a Christmassy book set around a bakery and I'm happy, This one is just lovely and really very cosy.
Lovely written, feel good book! Easy to follow storyline, but with lots to keep you engaged.
I live in Cornwall so it was nice to read something festive based here!
A Cornish Christmas at the Farmhouse Bakery by Linn B Halton is another in her series, Escape to Cornwall. It features Ivy and Adam but included all the people from the earlier books. Jess is making a success of turning Renweneth Farm into a commercial success. Not by farming but through retail and making it a destination with festivals and entertainments. One of her cottages had been a secondary outlet for a bread bakery in town, but now the owners had to pull out and she was in a quandary. At the same time, her friend, Ivy, in Stroud, had received the news that her landlord had sold the building which housed her cafe. Try as she might, she could not find another building. At the same time, Adam, Ivy’s husband had decided to take the leap and go back to work for someone else. He had gone out on his own after his boss wanted him to do a poor job on something, so he left. But, being on his own was hard, too. While he waited to hear about the new job, he went to Cornwall to help Riley put a new roof on the barn on Jess’s property. While he was there, they got to talking and thought maybe Ivy should come to Cornwall and open a cake bakery on the farm. She loved cakes. Ivy didn’t take it too well at first, but it quickly became her only option. At the farm, she and Adam would have the cottage they always dreamed of. Maybe it could work.
This is a slice-of life novel rather than one with a strong plot. It is strongly character-driven and as such blossoms under Halton’s hands as she writes amazing characters. They are all so likable and competent. Ivy, like Jess, is a worker. She can’t be held back. After the first week or two, when Adam arrived back at the cottage on Friday, so much had been accomplished but Ivy looked so tired. This is a fun novel on the human spirit and how it can’t be held back. These are all good people, which is not to say they don’t have problems. They face their problems head-on, talk about them, and solve them. It is a fun story to read since it is so much like daily life and yet, so different than my life. I loved it.
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enweneth Farm is now being run by Jess and Riley, their resident builder. Jess’s grandfather, Cappy, has given Jess free rein to run things as she sees fit. It is a huge place where all kinds of events take place. They are working hard to improve things.
Jess’s good friend, Ivy and her husband, Adam, live not far away. Ivy runs a popular coffee and cake place. Adam is currently looking for another job as a builder. When Ivy learns that the lease on the cafe is up, she is devastated because she cannot find another suitable place for it.
Jess wants Ivy to take over the bakery at Renweneth Farm but she is hesitant because it would mean moving from her hometown. When Adam gets a job offer, they decide to move to the farm where they will have their own cottage and Ivy can take over the bakery.
As it’s nearing Christmas, Jess and Ivy have all kinds of ideas for events to take place and Ivy will be making delicious cakes and doing tastings. As Ivy and Adam settle into their new life, they realize it is the best decision for them.
I loved how all of the characters encounter little problems, but with honest discussions and fair decisions they solve each of them. The characters are real and the friendships made are strong. Such a lovely story and I cannot wait to read more books by this talented author. Enjoy!
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This book had all the enjoyable Christmas cosy vibes. It was an interesting read where you get to follow a small business owner pick herself up and move her business to the countryside after facing some unexpected setbacks.
Things aren't all smooth sailing but it was fun to read about her setting up her new business and all the bumps in the road that she tackles.
It was an enjoyable read.
The friendship and love make this a heartwarming and satisfying read. Ivy and Adam are happy to work for what they want in life, but when Ivy's dream implodes, she finds it difficult to contemplate starting over somewhere new. It's a reflective story; the reader experiences many emotions through Adam and Ivy's viewpoints. There is significant character development with each life event, and you are more invested in the main characters with each chapter read. Vibrantly written settings and festivities make this immersive to read. I like the Cornish location, the inclusive community, and the emotional rollercoaster the protagonists experience.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher.
A really lovely story of friendships and relationships and how things change and move on.
This is one of those stories that you just want to keep reading but also want to stop reading so there is more to read the next day.
I got really lost in the story of our main characters who’s jobs aren’t going the way they planned for various reasons!
When opportunities present themselves, will they take the bull by the horns and make huge changes to their lives or play it safe and take other options.
This story deals with all sorts of relationships, parents, partners, friends and shows how by opening up and listening to others you may take opportunities that you ordinarily wouldn’t!
I love how it wasn’t just centred around Christmas but how it played a main part once you were fully into the story.
I would love to read more about all these characters, there definitely needs to be a follow up!