Good morning, bookpups🐾 Who loves Christmas romances? MEEEEEE *raises hand annoyingly* Christmas at Lock Keeper’s Cottage by Lucy Coleman focuses on the perfect blend of romance and Christmas/community spirit. If you’re looking for an uplifting story to add to your Christmas TBR pile, this is the book!
QOTD: Is it autumn or spring where you are?
We live in the Northern Hemisphere, so we’re (unfortunately) heading into autumn and winter here … 🤨 We’ve got a bit of a reprieve from the cold weather (last week was just too cold … especially for the kids’ first day of school!) and the week ahead looks to be more summery. But the urge to read Christmas romances has set in and won’t be shaken #sorrynotsorry.
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🐾Many thanks to the author, Lucy Coleman, and Rachel’s Random Resources for my complimentary copy. This in no way influenced my review.🐾
I am in love with these characters!
I absolutely loved Immi, Gray, and Tollie! This isn’t the beginning of a love story, as I kind-of expected it to be. Instead, it’s one that’s already well in progress. Gray and Immi are clearly meant for each other, but because of his mom’s illness, they haven’t been able to be together for more than just the weekends, as Gray has been caring for Rona (his mom).
There were plenty of supporting characters that I really enjoyed, as well. Of course, Fisher is at the top of the list. He’s one of Immi’s bosses and like a second dad to her. I loved that he’s not really approachable until after his first second cup of coffee of the day (like me 🤭). And I liked how Valerie’s character worked into the group but she’s part of the big revelation at the end and I would have liked to see more of the reaction to that.
But Tollie! Tollie (Immi’s grandpa) was one of my favorite characters. He’s taken care of Immi since her dad passed away and you can immediately see the bond between them. The story just wouldn’t be the same without him.
So many extra touches that made the story special!
There were many little tidbits that made this book extra special. The first half of it focuses on the Santa Ahoy cruises (these adorably sweet boat rides for kids who have been really brave throughout the year) and I loved the sense of community around these cruises. Everyone pitches in for these events and I could almost picture myself on the boat with these sweet little kids.
I love love LOVED the sense of community in the entire book. It sounds like Christmas at Lock Keeper’s Cottage takes place in a really small town and you can tell. Everyone helps each other out and the entire community pitches in when something happens (like the massive Christmas blizzard!).