I’m delighted to be part of the launch celebrations for Lilly Bartlett’s latest release Christmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse not least because there’s a chance to win homemade cookies from the author Lilly, otherwise known as Michele Gorman, herself. I’ve loved the Lilly Bartlett books I’ve read and you’ll find my review of The Second Chance Cafe in Carlton Square here, and of The Big Dreams Beach Hotel here.
Previously Michele’s The Reluctant Elf, Christmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse is published today, 25th October 2017 and is available for purchase here.
Christmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse
Put your feet up and tuck into the mince pies, because you won’t have to lift a finger to enjoy this Christmas!
Too bad the same can’t be said for single mother and extremely undomestic goddess, Lottie. When her beloved Aunt Kate ends up in hospital just before Christmas, Lottie and her seven-year-old daughter rush to rural Wales to take over her B&B. A picky hotel reviewer and his mad family are coming to stay, and without the rating only he can give them, Aunt Kate will lose her livelihood.
But Lottie can barely run her own life, let alone a hotel. How will she manage to turn the falling-down guesthouse into the luxurious wonderland the reviewer expects? And could the mysterious taxi driver, Danny, who agrees to help her, turn out to be the real gift this season?
As the snow sparkles on the trees and hot chocolate steams in your hand, snuggle into the delicious magic of Christmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse.
My Review of Christmas at the Falling-Down Guest House
When Lottie’s Aunt Kate ends up in hospital, Lottie and her daughter Mabel have to help run her B and B over Christmas.
Yet again Lilly Bartlett has produced a warm-hearted story which is just right for the festive season. As a short novella I think Christmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse would be perfect for snuggling up with on Christmas Eve or after Christmas lunch as it brings with it lovely themes of family and sticking together.
I really enjoyed the touches of humour and the speedy plot so that it felt satisfying to read an entire story in the space of an afternoon. I could picture the falling down guest house vividly and felt as if I was a guest too.
As always with Lilly Bartlett, the characters are warm, human and certainly not perfect so that they feel real and believable. I don’t usually like children in stories, but Mabel was a triumph with her aphorisms and balanced the foul Amanda and Oscar wonderfully.
Christmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse is a lovely way to while away and hour or two as a Christmas treat.
About Lilly Bartlett
Lilly Bartlett is a pen name of Michele Gorman. Michele writes books with heart and humour, full of best friends, girl power and, of course, love and romance. Call them beach books or summer reads, chick lit or romcom… readers and reviewers call them “feel good”, “relatable” and “thought-provoking”.
She is both a Sunday Times and a USA Today bestselling author, raised in the US and living in London. She is very fond of naps, ice cream and Richard Curtis films but objects to spiders and the word “portion”.
Christmas Cookie Giveaway
Win four dozen homemade Christmas cookies from Sunday Times bestselling author Michele Gorman, aka Lilly Bartlett!
Enter to win four dozen Christmas cookies baked by the author! Unlike poor Lottie in Christmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse, she’s a keen cook who grew up baking every Christmas with her mum – dozens and dozens (and dozens!) of cookies to fuel the family through the season. This year, she’ll be baking for YOU!
The giveaway is global and the winner will be randomly selected on November 1st 2017. To enter, sign up here for Michele’s/Lilly’s newsletter (around three times per year, you can unsubscribe easily at any time and your details will never be shared).
Please note that this giveaway is independent of Linda’s Book Bag.