The Christmas Holiday
by Phillipa Ashley
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Pub Date 10 Nov 2022 | Archive Date 14 Nov 2022
Avon Books UK, Avon
Pour yourself a mug of hot chocolate and settle down in front of the fire with this perfect, uplifting festive read!
‘Wow, just the most perfect fabulous festive read, heart-warming, charming, a real tonic to add cheer and love to your day!… I really didn’t want it to end’ NetGalley review⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
She’s planned the perfect Christmas. But fate might have other ideas…
Krystle didn’t have a normal childhood and longed for warm family Christmases with presents under the tree. Now she makes sure everyone else has the perfect Christmas she never had, bringing beautiful decorations to cheer as many people as possible.
With her festive business booming, she decides to celebrate by renting a secluded house in the Lakes, with a plan to make this the ultimate yuletide getaway.
But fate immediately throws a spanner in the works in the form of a broken-down car, a flooded river and Max; a man who despises Christmas.
Krystle becomes determined to show Max the joys of the holiday. She won’t take no for an answer.
Can she melt Max’s Grinch-like heart? And can he show her that life doesn’t need to go to plan to take you somewhere magical…
Let Sunday Times bestseller Phillipa Ashley whisk you away to the Lakes this Christmas, with a story full of unexpected romance, second chances, snowflakes and starlight! Perfect for fans of Sarah Morgan, Karen Swan and Heidi Swain.Readers adore The Christmas Holiday:
‘Absolutely wonderful story that I couldn't put down… A wonderful, heart-warming, tearful and uplifting read. It has absolutely everything. Perfect for the Christmas season’ NetGalley review⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘A lovely, glittery Christmas story… A gem to read, this book is both festive and heart-warming… So enjoyable to read and extremely hard to put down’ NetGalley review⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘This is a perfect Christmas book. Loved it. Set in a beautiful part of the country… A great read. Loved the twists and it had the ending you wanted. Brilliant’ NetGalley review⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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Krystle is known as Mrs. Christmas through her job buying for major chains. She decides to take a few months off and rents Holly Manor but things don't go as she had planned. I love Phillipa Ashley books and this one lives up to all the others
Krys has long dreamed of the Christmas card house she stumbled across as a child; this Christmas she's booked the house for her and her boyfriend Brett to stay in and reconnect... Little does Krys know what is in store for her.
This is a lovely festive read; it's got great characters, twists and turns to keep you interested and is generally a real escapist read! I loved this book - staying up to get it finished because I had to know how it ended! Whilst some parts of the plot are easy to see coming and rather predictable, the characters are believable and Krys' job as a Christmas buyer kept me interested the whole way through! BRB, just going to book myself a festive getaway to the Lake District....
Krystle (Krys) didn't have the best childhood moving from town to town with her mother. From a very young age she has dreamt of having the perfect family Christmas. Although this dream has eluded her she now ensures others can fulfil this desire, working with businesses creating amazing Christmas displays and sourcing perfect Christmas decorations for everyone to buy.
Grieving for her aunt (who in many ways has been a mum to Krys) she decides to take some time off between contracts and visit the Lake district. Here she plans to stay in a house she admired from the outside as a young child and try and create the most beautiful Christmas for her and her boyfriend - Brett.
Taking a wrong turn their car ends up stuck in the middle of a ford and Mrs Christmas (as she is often called) is rescued by Max who, not only hates Christmas but, has very few social skills and appears uncomfortable with people in general.
As Krys starts to settle into village life (her boyfriend has had to return to London for work) she becomes involved in several Christmas projects. Can she get Max involved and change his attitude to the festive season? A brilliant Christmas story full of fantastic characters, beautiful imagery and a little festive magic.
This is a lovely, glittery Christmas story. Krystle has a rough start but manages to get into the spirit of the holiday
season.. There is a little romance at the lakes, crisp snow, and the promise of new beginnings,
A gem to read, this book is both festive and heartwarming.
So enjoyable to read. and extremely hard to put down.
Ashley sets this novel in a Staffordshire village near by the Lakes, it is set in December as she is here in time to save Christmas and the fact it describes the large open fire in 'Holly Manor' several times. Meaning it was cold outside.
Krytle, who is described by people in London as Mrs Christmas because she runs a holiday business dressing Christmas shop windows and in store displays . She has now booked her favourite house she remembers it from her unhappy childhood, it's meant to be for an extended christmas break she is able to do this as her beloved auntie Lynda has passed away leaving her with some money under the proviso she does 'something that makes you smile or scares you, anything that you'll remember forever'.
But obviously things don't go as planned. She runs in to Max and his trusted dog who she has to spend the night when her cottage gets cut off. Max is a man that despises Christmas.
This inter makes Krysle want to change his outlook and save the village when they need so christmas cheer. So it's like being back at work planning a school party and a ball, and of course a school party needs a Santa, so she can think of the perfect man for the job!
But even 'santa' hides his secrets.
I have read Phillipa Ashley books before and I like the way they are written in sets of three as the characters draw me to there world. Also you get a depth and expansion of their surrounding, I can see this becoming the first in a new series.
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publishers as I recieved a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed are completely my own.
A proper Christmas feel good book complete with reindeer. The romance fights to be front and centre as previous hurts, bad relationships and selfish partners keep Max and Krys apart. You can’t beat an isolated cottage with a brooding man and his absolutely gorgeous dog in it. Some good moments of bitter sweet joy as those who are struggling financially and emotionally ask Santa to give them joy. Highly recommended.
This is a perfect Christmas book. Loved it. Set in a beautiful part of the country . It followed Krystle who had a rough start in life but turned it all a round with her love of Christmas . Her boyfriend was amazing not in a good way. Loved all the mountain rescue descriptions . You can tell. Phillipa knows her areas and does her research. . It was a great read. Loved the twists and it had the ending you wanted . Brilliant
Wow The Christmas Holiday is just the most perfect fabulous festive read, heartwarming, charming,a real tonic to add cheer and love to your day!
Based in the gorgeous Lake district full of Lakeland charm, snow, a wonderful community, second chances,romance and festive cheer!
Two lonely souls full of hurt and anguish,
Max a local who has become a bit of a recluse rescues Krystal and her partner when they become stranded due to the floods,both of them recognise a kindred spirit in each other and with the help of the local community, the mountain rescue team, Jake the dog and a lot of luck they both begin the healing process and start to live again!
Such an engrossing read I really didn’t want it to end and would live to read a sequel to see what happens next!
Thank you net galley for this early read.
An absolutely wonderful story that I couldn't put down. Set in the Lake District which in itself is beautiful. I loved the characters especially Krystle who runs a very successful business. Max was a great character and it was lovely to read about them both. A wonderful, heartwarming, tearful and uplifting read. It has absolutely everything. Perfect for the Christmas season.
A phillipa Ashley book never disappoints and this one handed out a feel good Christmas story in bucket loads!
A story from the heart from beginning to end with some lovely, albeit emotionally damaged, characters. It was a super escape into a Christmas happy ever after, with some unexpected bumps along the way…. More please!!
Thank you to Netgalley, the author and the publishers for an arc in exchange for an honest review
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Read this on very hot holiday and still managed to make me feel Christmassy and could smell pine cones and feel snow on my toes
Krys had a rough start and anyone would feel bad for her looking through the windows of the big house and making up dreams of her own then years later after she did good she was back but again the cards turned and she was broken again as a reader I was hoping the happy ending was just around the corner but then tragedy strikes and will she get her happy ever after ??
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