I’m delighted to be joining the blog tour for Christmas Miracles at the Little Log Cabin, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources.
I hadn’t realised this was part of a series — it seems to be becoming a habit lately. Apart from feeling at a slight disadvantage when the characters make an appearance initially, it works well as a standalone. There are snippets here and there which fill in some of the background. Christmas Miracles at the Little Log Cabin is told in alternating chapters from the third person perspectives of Holly and Mitch.
Holly has quit her high pressure job in the magazine industry and is about to embark on a career as a freelance writer and photographer, despite her less than supportive boyfriend. Moving from Seattle to Manhattan hadn’t given her the boost she felt was missing, hence the career change, although the lack of a regular salary will take some getting used to. However, things are looking up as Holly begins to build a portfolio.
Mitch is a recluse, living in a log cabin in the woods, running his late father’s Christmas tree farm. Unkempt and anti social, the people of Inglenook Falls, the local town, are wary and avoid him. Mitch is a complex character with much more to him than meets the eye. His backstory is moving and he’s been in a very bad place, deeply distressed and depressed when his wife left after losing their home, taking their young son. He hasn’t seen Albie for three years and is basically just going through the motions. The only bright spot in his life is young Jude who helps him on the farm.
Mitch wondered if Albie had been living in surrounds like this for the past three years, or whether he was a city kid. Hard to believe he didn’t know even the most basic facts about his own son.
Holly is in Inglenook Falls for her first project. She and Mitch meet in unusual circumstances when Holly is out and about taking photographs. Although Mitch is adamant he’s living the way he wants to, Holly isn’t so sure and is determined to help him.
Christmas Miracles at the Little Log Cabin is a lovely story, much more than a festive romance, incorporating as it does, more serious issues and new beginnings. The main characters are engaging with depth and charm and develop throughout. The secondary characters are also well defined and add to the story. Inglenook Falls has a wonderful small town atmosphere with a close knit community, just the type of place where I’d love to live. I also enjoyed very much the descriptions of Manhattan at Christmas time.
I chose to read and review Christmas Miracles at the Little Log Cabin.
About the Book
Holly is looking for a change and even though not everyone agrees with her career choices, she’s determined there’s more to this life than the long hours she works as an editor in New York City. What she doesn’t expect is to meet Mitch, a recluse who’s hiding more than she realises.
Mitch does all he can to avoid human contact, spending his days in the little log cabin out in the woods behind Inglenook Falls where he owns a Christmas tree farm, so when Holly falls into his life, he’s not sure how to react. All he knows is that something needs to change if he ever wants to get his life back on track.
Along with friends Cleo and Darcy, Holly is determined to bring joy back to Mitch’s life, but will he appreciate their interference? And when a business proposition throws everything up in the air, will it do more harm than good and ruin lives forever?
Both Holly and Mitch must learn that on the surface people aren’t always what they seem…but if you dig a little deeper, they can take you by surprise.
Curl up this Christmas for plenty of snowflakes, roaring log fires, a marriage proposal, unlikely friendships and second chances as we return to the much-loved characters in the New York Ever After series.
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.