Thursday, 3 November 2016

Review - Snowflakes and Christmas Cakes by Lindsey Paley

I’ve been meaning to make a start on the Camille Carter series of books that are written by Lindsey Paley for a lot longer than I care to remember. With Christmas fast approaching I finally picked up Snowflakes and Christmas Cakes, a book which most certainly got the series off to an amazing start. It’s definitely got me feeling incredibly excited to read the next books in the series, all of which sound and look absolutely fabulous with beautiful covers and divine titles. 

Camille Carter, known as Mille, lives in France and is someone who most definitely prefers sun to snow. After discovering that her French boyfriend has been cheating on her, she decides to return to England for Christmas to stay with her sister. However, things do not turn out as planned and due to a few unforeseen circumstances she ends up at a manor house in Aisford where the plan is for her to run a Christmas cookery course. Arriving in the middle of a massive snow storm, Millie is rather unimpressed and becomes even more so when she learns that the cookery course she was due to host has been cancelled and she has no way of leaving the house because of the bad weather. Just how will things turn out for her? 

The book got off to a wonderful start and wasted no time in throwing the reader straight into the drama-filled life of Millie Carter from the very first page. Millie was one of many characters who was introduced to us throughout this novel, but I thought she was a great character and one who is very memorable for all the right reasons. Throughout the book we saw so many different sides to Millie as we saw her funny side, her brave side and also her vulnerable side, particularly when she spoke of her parents. Undoubtedly she was someone who had a very real talent and passion for cooking, creating some absolutely mouth-watering and delicious food. 

For a relatively short book, Snowflakes and Christmas Cakes is a book that has such a lot going on throughout it. Given the genre of the book I thought it was going to be somewhat predictable but that was most certainly not the case, there were twists and turns galore which most certainly kept me on my toes and helped to keep this book as exciting as it was. I particularly loved the dialogue throughout this book, which kept a smile on my face, and the perfect setting of the Lake District.

Snowflakes and Christmas Cakes is a delightful little book that is just perfect for those cosy nights in, wrapped in a blanket with the fire blazing. Whilst this book kept me entertained for many evenings, thanks to the wonderfully engaging writing style it can definitely be read in one sitting if you prefer. A brilliant start to the Camille Carter series of books, which has most certainly helped to get me even more into the Christmas spirit. 

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