Book review: 'Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage' by Katie Ginger.


We're so very excited this Monday morning to bring you a double review for Katie Ginger's 'Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage'. Kelly has heard me talk non-stop about my awesome friend Katie for the past year, so she couldn't wait to dive into one of her books, and I of course was super eager to read Katie's festive read. 

Blurb

On a grey London day, Esme’s world crumbles around her when she loses her glitzy job on a top TV programme, her gorgeous, city-slicker boyfriend and her stunning apartment, all in one fell swoop just before Christmas.
Esme is forced suddenly to move back to her sleepy home town of Sandchester, and despite the snow blanketing the roof and the fairy lights that twinkle in her rustic little cottage, everything is looking bleak. That is until she reconnects with an old crush and finds herself unexpectedly getting swept away.
But Joe, handsome and charming as he is, is not all he seems. Esme soon realises that he has a tragic past which he just might not be able to overcome…
Surrounded by her loving, if hare-brained, family and with the support of her hilarious friends, Esme is determined to have a go at forging her own path, even if it all comes to nothing. But one question still lingers in her mind: will she find someone to kiss under the mistletoe this Christmas?

My Review


Kelly:

I can't believe this is the first book I've read by Katie Ginger, but after reading it I know it won't be the last. I feel really inspired after reading it. Maybe it was the fact that I could relate to Esme with her blog and cookbook, or the fact that Christmas is approaching and I just want to be in the kitchen making all of the things that Esme makes in this book. Whatever it was I feel happy and excited to keep plodding on with my own projects. The way Katie wrote Esme's journey was very realistic to today's era of social media and goals that a lot of us have, and being there for Esme encouraged me to always keep going no matter what I face good or bad. You've got to do what you love and not give up. This also means I cannot give up on a dream of one day owning a cottage with a real fire and decorating it in tons of lights and making homemade delicious hot chocolate every Christmas. It sounded like heaven. 

One of the things that I also enjoyed about this story was how Katie went into the points of views of various characters even if it was just a chapter. At first I have to admit to not wanting to hear horrible Leo's point of view because it made me feel like that meant he was going to be a big part of the story and that Esme could go back to him, which I really didn't want. However, the more I read about him, the more I actually enjoyed seeing him get what he deserved. It made for a rather refreshing take on what happens to the cheater not just the cheated. That may sound really mean, but I don't hold people like that in very high regard so it was just kind of nice to read. 

All in all, this was a delightful read, full to the brim with festive joy and love. I highly recommend it. 


Lucy:

First of all, how incredibly gorgeous is Katie's cover and how much do you just want to dive into it? I absolutely love it, just as much as I loved the way Katie described the cosy and quaint Mistletoe Cottage in the story. The cottage was just the most perfect and idyllic setting for a warm, festive read with so much heart. 

Second of all, I could relate to Esme on so many levels and really felt for her when her boss didn't believe her and her boyfriend broke up with her. Said, ex boyrfriend, Leo was incredibly frustrating and manipulative and as much as I knew it hurt Esme at first, I was so happy that she was able to get back to her roots and be around people that loved her and in a place that inspired her to truly go after the life she wanted. I loved that her Mum and Dad were so open and a little out there, they were so funny and rather refreshing. I also adored Esme's sister and little boy, they really pulled at your heartstrings and I loved their moments together cooking and crafting. Throw in Esme's amazing friends and it made the perfect ingredients to aid in getting through a tough time. Her friends were an absolute delight and made my heart so happy with their supportive ways and tactics to cheer Esme up. I wanted so badly to join in with their chocolate cake eating and wine drinking evenings around the cosy log fire.

I thoroughly enjoyed being along for Esme's cooking channel and cookbook journey. Though it wasn't always easy, it was wonderful to be a part of the ups and downs as that made her so much more relatable. Navigating the world of social media and blogs can be such a difficult and trying thing, so it was lovely to be with her to celebrate the small victories and encourage her when things didn't go so smoothly and people weren't always so kind. As for Esme's recipes, they were incredibly delicious and mouthwatering and through the entire story she had me feeling super inspired to get in the kitchen and bake. I have a list now and am ready for the Christmas baking to commence. 

Joe was an extremely endearing character and my heart tore in two over what he had experienced and how much he was struggling. I loved that Esme coming into his life gave him some hope and light and that she gave him that little boost of confidence to get some answers and finally get some closure; closure that he desperately needed in order to be happy. That was a very special moment for him and one that touched my heart. 

'Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage' is another beautiful read from the wonderful Katie Ginger and I highly recommend you add it to your festive TBR pile today!! 

Happy reading.
Love





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