What I needed this week was a heart warming and uplifting romance – Katie Ginger’s book Winter at Swallowtail Bay satisfied all my book needs!
It is also a Christmas romance and has achieved the impossible – it got me feeling excited about Christmas! I know we are a few months away but with everything that’s happening in the world right now we need magical Christmas romances like this one. They help restore hope and give us that much needed warm tingling feeling.
Here’s the blurb:
Grab your cosiest jumper and escape to the beautiful Swallowtail Bay!
Christmas and romance are in the air and Nell is obsessed! She can’t stop watching her favourite Christmas romcoms and dreaming of the day when she meets her own romantic hero, especially as she is hosting the first ever wedding at her small hotel, Holly Lodge.
Nell’s best friend, Tom, has been in love with her ever since they met. But Nell has never seen him that way, and he’s always kept his feelings a secret in case it ruins their friendship.
After the opening of the glamorous Langdon Mansion Hotel in the bay, Nell’s hotel is struggling for survival and she must fight, with Tom’s help, to keep Holly Lodge open. Can the magic of Christmas help two old friends save Holly Lodge and open Nell’s eyes to a love that was always there the whole time?
Winter Wishes at Swallowtail Bay is the hilarious new romantic comedy from Katie Ginger, perfect for fans of Cathy Bramley, Veronica Henry and Holly Martin!
Here’s my review
The story is about Nell who runs her family hotel which is struggling. Profits are down as a new hotel competitor has moved into town. Nell finds herself in a precarious situation when bad reviews start appearing and you do wonder how she’s going to keep Holly Lodge afloat. I loved the difficult situation Katie Ginger had placed Nell into. This is exactly what us romance readers want from a good read; pile on a lot of pressure onto our heroine and watch her find new inner strength.
There was a strong friendship theme running throughout this book which I loved, It also helped set up the friends to lovers romance plot.
The romance was a slow burn but definitely worth the wait because – oh my goodness – the final few chapters are SO MOVING and intense! I was GLUED to this book. I didn’t want to go make a cup of tea and grab some more biscuits because I just wanted to keep reading. That’s how good the ending is!
I adored how Katie Ginger brought to life Christmas by the sea in this book and it’s now gone on my life’s bucket list. This is the kind of thing which happens with a good book.
A lovely Christmas romance – a perfect companion for cosy winter night reading sessions but do keep the Kleenex at hand as this book will tug on your heartstrings!
UK Amazon ebook: https://amzn.to/2Ni5ipv
US Amazon ebook: https://www.amazon.com/Winter-Wishes-Swallowtail-Bay-Book-ebook/dp/B08B4D1N1M
Author Bio –
KATIE GINGER lives by the sea in the south-east of England, and apart from holidays to very hot places where you can sit by a pool and drink cocktails as big as your head, she wouldn’t really want to be anywhere else. Winter Wishes at Swallowtail Bay is her sixth novel. She is also the author of Spring Tides at Swallowtail Bay, Summer Strawberries at Swallowtail Bay, Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage and the Seafront series – The Little Theatre on the Seafront, shortlisted for the Katie Fforde Debut Novel of the Year award, and Summer Season on the Seafront.
When she’s not writing, Katie spends her time with her husband and two kids, and their dogs: Wotsit, the King Charles spaniel, and Skips, the three-legged Romanian rescue dog. (And yes, they are both named after crisps!)