Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bar

River and Alice miss Somerset. Christmas isn’t Christmas without family and friends, even when you live in quaint Cornwall.

When River’s Aunt Sheba dies unexpectedly, leaving him her ancient VW campervan, nostalgia nudges him and Alice back to Glastonbury – and the surrounding villages – to rediscover their roots whilst serving the most decadent hot chocolate and delectable gingerbread from their renovated ‘bar on wheels’.

A bar on wheels complete with a fold-up stage to host local talent competitions rivaling anything Simon Cowell could dream up, even if he’d gorged on a truckle of Cheddar cheese!

As the villagers sip their cocoa and ice their gingerbread houses amidst the festive backdrop of song, dance, and slightly more unconventional talents, River and Alice find themselves in an unexpected race against time:

Zara, their chocolate supplier is leaving Glastonbury on the twelfth day of Christmas, keen to put a string of disastrous relationships behind her to make a fresh start.

Bruno, their gregarious and gorgeous baking supplier is secretly smitten with Zara – ticking every box on her New Year’s wish list.

If only they can get them together for one experimental kiss under the mistletoe…

They’ve even enlisted their customers’ help in their mission to wrap this budding romance up in all the jingle bells and whistles. How hard can it be?

So, ho, ho VERY tricky, as it turns out…

Here’s my review

I adored Isabella May’s style of writing, it was full of warmth and humour. Her love of the festive season shines through and is coupled with her wonderful ability to describe delicious and mouthwatering food in such a way you can almost taste it.

One of the many standouts for me was the characters, River and Alice were great fun. I loved how they were at a crossroads with their life and followed their instincts on what to do next. Going back to their roots in Glastonbury and the surrounding villages in an ancient campervan with their ‘bar on wheels’ felt natural in view of their characters. In some books when characters make choices it can be difficult to follow their thought processes as the decision feels forced, but I thought Isabella May did this very well with River and Alice. I also thought Zara and Bruno were fun and lovable characters.

The idea of the bar on wheels complete with a fold-up stage to host local talent competitions was brilliant.

Isabella May knows what her readers want when it comes to festive romance. Her ability to conjure up a festive atmosphere and make her readers get excited about all things Christmasy is fab. She uses all senses when bringing life to her festive scenes which i thought was great.

This book has a great premise and an array of lovable characters. It is packed full of laughter, warmth, romance and mouth watering descriptions of gorgeous things to eat. Great Christmas reading ❤️

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Author Bio – 

Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalusia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the mountains and the sea. She grew up on Glastonbury’s ley lines and loves to feature her quirky English hometown in her stories.

After a degree in Modern Languages and European Studies at UWE, Bristol (and a year working abroad in Bordeaux and Stuttgart), Isabella bagged an extremely jammy and fascinating job in children’s publishing… selling foreign rights for novelty, board, pop-up and non-fiction books all over the world; in every language from Icelandic to Korean, Bahasa Indonesian to Papiamento!

All of which has fuelled her curiosity and love of international food and travel – both feature extensively in her cross-genre novels, fused with a dollop of romcom, and a sprinkle of magical realism.

Isabella is also a Level 4 Pranic Healer and a stillbirth mum.

Social Media Links – 

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1 comment on “#BookReview Twinkle Twinkle Little Bar

  1. What a quaint idea, though… a bar on wheels! Sounds fab!

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