Blog Tour: Christmas under a Cranberry Sky by Holly Martin

Holly Martin is back with not one but two Christmas books this year! And they are both set in a two called Christmas, how magic is this? Today I'm reviewing the first book, Christmas under a Cranberry Sky, which was published last week. Have a look at what of I thought of it:

Title: Christmas under a Cranberry Sky (A Town Called Christmas #1)
Author: Holly Martin
Published: September 22nd 2016 by Bookouture

Blurb: This year spend a wonderful Christmas on Juniper Island, where love can melt even the iciest of hearts… 

Piper Chesterfield lives a glamorous life travelling the world and reviewing the finest hotels. She calls nowhere home, she works alone and that’s how she likes it. For long ago Piper decided that to protect her heart she should lock it away. 

So when Piper’s next assignment brings her to the newly opened Stardust Lake Hotel for the festive season, the last person she expects to face is Gabe Whitaker, the man who broke her heart so completely she could never love again. 

But Piper isn’t the only one who has been frozen in time by heartbreak. Gabe hasn’t forgotten the golden-eyed girl who disappeared from his world without a trace. 

Now fate has reunited them on Juniper island, can the magic of Christmas heal old wounds? And can this enchanting town be the one place Piper can finally call home? 

Curl up with this gorgeously romantic tale and let the glistening snow and the roaring fires of Stardust Lake Hotel get you in the festive spirit this Christmas.

Review: Christmas under a Cranberry Sky has the perfect setting. I think I had never wished a fictional place was real so much (except for Hogwarts). Juniper island sounds just magical and I want to move there indefinitely. It's supposed to be part of the Shetland Islands and the northernmost point of the British Isles. It is also a prime location to spot the northern lights or merrie dancers, as the locals call them. And Gabe Whitaker has built an amazing winter resort with cabins, glass igloos and even a glass palace. Oh and reindeer! How cool is that?

That's how Gabe and Piper meet again. Piper is a hotel reviewer and ends up at Gabe's resort for Christmas without knowing he is the owner. Gabe and Piper go way back, they were childhood sweethearts but after a series of unfortunate events, they lost touch. This is something that annoyed me a bit at the beginning. If you love someone so much, why wouldn't you just talk with them and clear any misunderstandings? But as we get to know the characters and learn about all the circumstances, I kind of got why Piper just left and Gabe didn't try to get in touch. Plus, if they hadn't split up then, we wouldn't have this amazing story now.

I really liked the atmosphere of the island and its lively community, how everyone was ready to help each other and how nice they all were. It was great to catch up with some favourite characters from Holly's previous books too! And I found the idea to turn the village in a permanent Christmas market fascinating. The food sounded delicious and the handcrafted items so unique and magical, especially the snow balls. As you can tell, I fell a bit in love with this place.

Another highlight of the story were the many lol moments that Holly Martin added to the story. I found myself laughing out loud more than once, especially when the gang of Shetland ponies was creating mayhem. Few authors make me laugh so much as Holly. 

Once again, Holly has created a lovely and heart-warming story with her unique magical touch. No one writes modern fairy tales like her. I'm already looking forward to the next story in Juniper Island, which is going to be all about Gabe's sister. 

Rating: 4 stars

I would like to thank the publishers for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*


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