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Who fancies feeling festive on this chilly Sunday morning, check out my review for Christmas at Lock Keeper’s Cottage by Lucy Coleman

Next up today is my review for lovely festive read where we get to visit the Lock Keepers Cottage and spend the festive period with Immi and Tollie.

My Review

I love picking up a Christmas story and jumped at the chance to read Christmas at Lock Keeper’s Cottage. Immi and Tollie are at the heart of this story, after Immi tragically loses her Dad and moves into Lock Keeper’s Cottage in her teens.

A story set in a wonderful location, I love being surrounded by water and this story being based on the narrow boats really appealed. Immi is a loving character who feels lost at times due to a lack of female influence during her childhood. Immi and Tollie have a special relationship which is made clear from the offset of the story, with lots of happy memories amongst the sad ones.

This story is a Christmas to remember and I loved the Santa trips on the Stargazer the joy of the kids and how magically this was captured. The homemade garlands being strung and the overall feeling of aiming for the true magic of Christmas and celebrating with those closest to you. I felt festive as I snuggled up under a blanket reading this story, it made me smile and touched me with its sadness.

A book I recommend curling up with on a cold December day with a nice hot chocolate with all the trimmings.

Book Blurb

Join us for Christmas in the Cotswolds in this perfect festive escape, from the bestselling Lucy Coleman.

Imogen Tolliman never knew her mother. And when an accident robs Immi of her father too, she goes to live with her grandfather, Tollie, in his picturesque lock-keeper’s cottage by the Aysbury marina. 

Tollie is the star of the Santa Ahoy Special each Christmas – a festive boat ride along the canal that enthralls both children and adults alike. And as Immi grows up, she starts to appreciate the magical community she is lucky enough to live in. 

When Immi meets Gray Adams, she instantly realises he’s someone special. And as their relationship gets serious, they start to plan for the Christmas to beat all Christmases.  

But as the day approaches, and the romantic snow showers turn into blizzards, their dream of a Christmas to remember, looks set to be one they’ll never forget – for all the wrong reasons. Can they salvage the festivities, or will old secrets that are finally uncovered turn Immi’s life upside down forever?

Let Lucy Coleman transport you away to a dreamy Cotswolds Christmas full of snowflakes and secretslog fires, mistletoe, friends and much-loved traditions. Perfect for all fans of Trisha Ashley, Holly Martin and Sue Moorcroft. 

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Lucy Coleman is a #1 bestselling romance writer, whose recent novels include Snowflakes over Holly Cove. She also writes under the name Linn B. Halton. She won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award and lives in the Welsh Valleys.

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Thanks for visiting Love the Smell of a Book today and I hope you have a great day!

Daisy & Kel x



I am a total bookworm who loves nothing more than to lose herself in a book. My pile of books to read is teetering higher and higher as there are not enough hours in the day compared to how many old and new amazing books there are out there to read. I love to read in my spare time and books are a massive part of our household. I feel really lucky that Daisy also loves losing herself in the amazing worlds the authors are creating for us and neither of us ever go very far without having a book to hand as you never know when an opportunity to read may present itself.

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