A Christmas Kiss by Eliza J Scott Life on the Moors #4 #Review
A sparkling festive romance that will warm your heart this Christmas.
The week before Christmas, GP Zander Gillespie finds his festive plans in tatters. He's supposed to be flying out to his parents' chateau in Carcassonne with his high-maintenance girlfriend, Melissa. But she has other ideas. She wants to spend Christmas in London with her party friends - and he's not invited. The prospect of facing his family, with their questions and their sympathy - not to mention the 'I told you so-s' - just isn't an option. Instead, Zander decides to head to his holiday cottage in the quaint moorland village of Lytell Stangdale, where he intends to hide away with his faithful rescue Labrador Alf.
Eighty miles away, Livvie's world has come crashing down. With plans to cook a romantic meal for her boyfriend, she heads home early and walks in on him in a compromising position with their neighbour. Fed-up of his lies and philandering ways, this is the final straw. With her Christmas plans up in smoke, the thought of spending it with her parents and her smug, married sister with her pompous husband in tow, is enough to bring Livvie out in hives. So, when she fires up her laptop and finds the perfect little holiday cottage in Lytell Stangdale available to rent over the festive period, it seems the perfect solution. Or is it...?
Zander didn't believe in love at first sight until he set eyes on Livvie. Livvie had sworn off men until she met Zander. The pair may be reluctant to give in to temptation, but fate seems to have other ideas...
Join Livvie and Zander - and all the usual characters - for a magical Christmas in Lytell Stangdale.
The perfect cosy read to snuggle up with this Christmas
I thoroughly enjoyed reading A Christmas Kiss and would say that it is my favourite in Eliza's Life on the Moors series, which I have read so far. It had everything I was looking for. The setting in Zander's cottage on the North Yorkshire moors is a captivating place to spend a snowy, festive week. If only it was real! With its oak beams and original features, it reflects Zanders' character so perfectly - restrained, individual and thoughtful. If you have read Violet's story in the series, you will have met Zander before. All the characters from the previous books are brought together beautifully. I loved the 80's evening they had, so full of humour.
You are given the story not just through Zander's eyes but also from Livvie's perspective. Both of them seem to have some insecurities- none more so than Livvie who has been spoon-fed negative thoughts by her family. Zander seems to have avoided commitment by playing safe with his girlfriends and choosing only those who are more interested in themselves than him. Livvie's reaction to his rescue labrador, Alf, shows you how caring she is more clearly than anything else. The sense of belonging and community in Lytell Stangdale welcomes you in. I was so sorry when I had finished the book and am looking forward to more- please!
In short: Family, friendship and belonging.
About the Author
Eliza lives in a 17th-century cottage on the edge of a village in the North Yorkshire Moors with her husband, their two daughters and two mischievous black Labradors. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found with her nose in a book/glued to her Kindle or working in her garden. Eliza also enjoys bracing walks in the countryside, rounded off by a visit to a teashop where she can indulge in another two of her favourite things: tea and cake.
Eliza is inspired by her beautiful surroundings and loves to write heart-warming stories with happy endings.
Thanks to Eliza J Scott, and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.