Christmas at the Little Cottage on the Hill #BookReview #EmmaDavies #Bookouture #NetGalley

Written by Emma Davies




One twinkling winter’s night, Ruby wakes her sleeping children and escapes for a new life in the countryside. It’s a choice that will change her life beyond all recognition…

Arriving at the cosy little rental cottage as the first snow begins to fall, Ruby doesn’t regret leaving her bully of a husband for a moment, but she does feel guilty about uprooting her kids so close to Christmas. She can only wish that one day soon her son will forgive her.

It’s not long before the family are settled in and drinking hot chocolate by the fire, the flames kept roaring by a neighbouring woodsman called Angus. As big as a tree, but as gentle as a dormouse, all Ruby’s instincts tell her to be wary of letting this gorgeous stranger get too close. Is that the first tingle of festive magic Ruby can feel? Or might it even be hope?

As Christmas day approaches and a blizzard sparks a power cut across the entire village, Ruby must force herself to believe in Christmas miracles again.

Was she right to put her trust in Angus? With only flickering candles to guide her through the darkness, will she ever find her way back to the light?








A Lovely Story of Family and Friendship  4 stars


Another good addition to this enjoyable series!

When Ruby arrives at Joy’s Acre with her two children it’s fairly clear that she doesn’t want to talk about her past. It doesn’t take long for the magic of this place and the people involved there to make her feel right at home. Her son, however, doesn’t settle in quite so easily…

Life is as busy as ever in the country – if not busier. It’s a pleasure to be re-acquainted with those who live and work there, as well as the addition of a few new characters. This series emphasises the importance of friends and how good ones easily expand their circle to include others – the more, the merrier. Winter brings new challenges to Joy’s Acre and together the team manage to surpass most of them .. but will the final obstacles turn out to be insurmountable? There’s only one way to find out .. read it!

This series has come a long way from the first book; Joy’s Acre has grown to accommodate many new arrivals, most of whom quickly become ingrained there. This is a lovely read and it’s been really nice to catch up and find out how all the various plans are working out.

My thanks to Bookouture for providing my copy via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: Christmas, rom–com
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2042 KB
  • Print Length: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Bookouture
  • Publication Date: 26 October 2018
  • Purchase Links: Amazon UK
  •                                 Amazon US




Meet the Author



After a varied career, Emma Davies once worked for a design studio where she was asked to provide a fun and humorous (and not necessarily true) anecdote for their website. She wrote the following: ‘I am a bestselling novelist currently masquerading as a thirty something mother of three.’ Well the job in the design studio didn’t work out but she’s now a forty something mother of three and is happy to report the rest of her dream came true.

After many years as a finance manager she now writes full time, and is far happier playing with words than numbers. She lives with her husband, three children, and two guinea pigs in rural Shropshire where she writes in all the gaps in between real life. It’s a county she adores, her love of its beautiful people and landscapes providing endless inspiration for her books, and in fact the only thing that would make Shropshire more idyllic is if it were by the sea.

Pop over to her website where, amongst other things, you can read about her passion for Pringles and singing loudly in the car. You can also wave to her on twitter @EmDaviesAuthor or find her on Facebook (a little too often than is good for her).





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