My enormously grateful thanks to the publishers, Avon books, for a copy of The Little Village Christmas by Sue Moorcroft in return for an honest review. Regular readers of Linda’s Book Bag might be forgiven for thinking I’m a bit obsessed by Sue Moorcroft as she’s such a regular feature! As a member of her street team it’s a real privilege to have access to Sue and her writing and I’m delighted to be reviewing The Little Village Christmas today. You can see other Linda’s Book Bag posts with Sue in the following links:
Published by Avon Books, an imprint of Harper Collins, The Little Village Christmas was published in e-book on 9th October and paperback on 2nd November. It is available for purchase here.
The Little Village Christmas
Alexia Kennedy – interior decorator extraordinaire – has been tasked with giving the little village of Middledip the community café it’s always dreamed of.
After months of fundraising, the villagers can’t wait to see work get started – but disaster strikes when every last penny is stolen. With Middledip up in arms at how this could have happened, Alexia feels ready to admit defeat.
But help comes in an unlikely form when woodsman, Ben Hardaker and his rescue owl Barney, arrive on the scene. Another lost soul who’s hit rock bottom, Ben and Alexia make an unlikely partnership.
However, they soon realise that a little sprinkling of Christmas magic might just help to bring this village – and their lives – together again…
My Review of The Little Village Christmas
When more than is anticipated results from the Middledip Community Wrecking Party, Ben and Alexia find their lives will change in ways neither could anticipate.
I adored visiting Middledip. I thought The Little Village Christmas was Sue Moorcroft at her very best, with exceptional plotting, wonderful settings and vibrant, flawed and believable characters whom I’d love to meet in real life. I can’t abide men with ponytails, but I thought Gabe was wonderful and as for Ben – well, who wouldn’t want to meet him! Alexia is a perfect embodiment of womanhood with just enough insecurity and self doubt alongside her feisty friendliness to make her someone I’d love as a friend. Even the animals Snobby, Barney and Luke deserve praise for their glorious contributions to the ambience and plot.
I thoroughly enjoyed the settings as many of the places like Yaxley, Peterborough and Crowland are within 10 miles of where I live so that I felt involved in the story on a very personal level and not simply as an impartial reader.
I was engaged with the narrative from the very first word until the very last. When I was reading The Little Village Christmas I genuinely resented real life interrupting me. I was always desperate to get back to the story and find out what was happening to people I had grown to know and love.
The only element I was less keen on was the title as I’m sure some readers will reject books they think are Christmas reads, but The Little Village Christmas is only marginally a book about that time of year. It’s more a book about friendship and family, mistakes and identity, individualism and community spirit – and most of all it’s a book about love in all its glorious forms.
I always enjoy a Sue Moorcroft story, but The Little Village Christmas touched me profoundly and is the perfect example of romantic fiction. I absolutely loved it.
About Sue Moorcroft
Award winning author Sue Moorcroft writes contemporary women’s fiction with occasionally unexpected themes. The Wedding Proposal, Dream a Little Dream and Is This Love? were all nominated for Readers’ Best Romantic Read Awards. Love & Freedom won the Best Romantic Read Award 2011 and Dream a Little Dream was nominated for a RoNA in 2013. Sue’s a Katie Fforde Bursary Award winner, a past vice chair of the RNA and editor of its two anthologies.
The Christmas Promise was a Kindle No.1 Best Seller and held the No.1 slot at Christmas!
Sue also writes short stories, serials, articles, writing ‘how to’ and is a creative writing tutor.