About the book
It’s almost Christmas in Heritage Cove – the village tree is all lit-up, the bakery is full of festive treats, the tea rooms and waffle shack are welcoming locals inside out of the cold, and for some of the residents of the Cove, snow might not be the only thing they’re wishing for this year…
Tilly is overjoyed when an estranged relative comes to Heritage Cove wanting to make amends. But as she lets him in to her life and Tilly’s Bits ‘n’ Pieces – the shop she owns and loves – her friends aren’t so sure whether everything is quite as it seems.
Benjamin’s parents run Mistletoe Gate Farm, selling Christmas trees, wreaths and mistletoe. Benjamin has always thought his family was as firmly rooted in the ground as the rows of Norway Spruce and Fraser Firs. But when he finds a letter that rocks his world he realises he may not be able to do anything to prevent the changes coming their way.
Benjamin and Tilly have been falling for one another since the summer but will family complications put an abrupt stop to what is looking like a burgeoning romance?
With festive cheer weaving its way through the Cove as two local favourites plan their wedding, there’s more than one relationship that could receive a little Christmas magic…
What do I think?
A Winter Wedding at Mistletoe Gate Farm is a romantic novel filled with charm. Set in Norfolk, with a few recognisable place names, the novel really comes alive through the community of characters living in Heritage Cove. Tilly, with her delightful gift shop, Benjamin whose parents own the farm, and a cast of friends and family who support one another through life’s trials and delights.
The story is good, supported throughout with relationships of every kind from family to friends to romance. I felt that Tilly was a strong female protagonist, which didn’t quite follow through when she met a shady character who littered red flags everywhere for us as readers but not for her. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the variety of love and support that she received. It would have been easy for this to predominantly come from her romantic interest, but we are reminded that love supports us through different relationships as well.
This novel is a very cosy read, and perfect to settle down with at this time of year as the nights are longer and the wind howls outside. I would recommend A Winter Wedding at Mistletoe Gate Farm to anyone who delights in a light, feel good book.
A Winter Wedding at Mistletoe Gate Farm is available to buy from Amazon.
About the author
Helen J Rolfe writes contemporary women’s fiction and enjoys weaving stories about family, friendship, secrets, and community. Characters often face challenges and must fight to overcome them, but above all, Helen’s stories always have a happy ending.
Location is a big part of the adventure in Helen’s books and she enjoys setting stories in different cities and countries around the world. So far, locations have included Melbourne, Sydney, New York, Connecticut, Bath and the Cotswolds.
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N.B. I have received an ARC version of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. Thank you to Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for organising, and to Helen J Rolfe for the copy of her book. For more information about how I work with others, please take a look at my disclosure page.