Is it time to love Christmas again?
Faith Watkins loves Christmas, which is why she’s thrilled that her new hotel in the Lake District will be open in time for the festive season. And Faith has gone all out; huge Christmas tree, fairy lights, an entire family of decorative reindeer. Now all she needs are the guests …
But what she didn’t bank on was her first paying customer being someone like Adam Hunter. Rugged, powerfully built and with a deep sadness in his eyes, Adam is a man that Faith is immediately drawn to – but unfortunately he also has an intense hatred of all things Christmassy.
As the countdown to the big day begins, Faith can’t seem to keep away from her mysterious guest, but still finds herself with more questions than answers: just what happened to Adam Hunter? And why does he hate Christmas so much?
Kathryn was born in Wallingford, England but has spent most of her life living in a village near Windsor. After studying pharmacy in Brighton she began her working life as a retail pharmacist. She quickly realised that trying to decipher doctor’s handwriting wasn’t for her and left to join the pharmaceutical industry where she spent twenty happy years working in medical communications. In 2011, backed by her family, she left the world of pharmaceutical science to begin life as a self-employed writer, juggling the two disciplines of medical writing and romance. Some days a racing heart is a medical condition, others it’s the reaction to a hunky hero…
With two teenage boys and a husband who asks every Valentine’s Day whether he has to bother buying a card again this year (yes, he does) the romance in her life is all in her head. Then again, her husband’s unstinting support of her career change goes to prove that love isn’t always about hearts and flowers – and heroes can come in many disguises.
It’s a few days before Christmas and Faith has finally opened her hotel after months of delay. Christmas is her favourite season and she’s gone overboard filling her hotel with decorations. The first guest to arrive is Christmas-hater Adam, who views all the decorations with total horror, as all he wants to do is hide away by himself until after New Year. Adam is the first and only guest in the hotel and soon he and Faith are spending time together. They accept their attraction to each other but their opposing views regarding Christmas are a major difficulty. The mystery of Adam’s hatred for Christmas is only revealed at the end of the book.
An excellent read, highly recommended.
This is the first Choc Lit novel I have read and I have to say I was really surprised at how good it was. I am an avid reader of romance fiction and I particularly love Christmas romance stories which are full of festive feel good moments – and this book has those in abundance! Both of the main characters, Faith and Adam, are well developed and their narrative is really engaging – and although the sexual tension between them just smoulders off the page, it’s that deeper emotional connection between the two characters that really sets this novel apart from your run-of-the-mill bog standard romances . The setting itself is great plus there are a host of interesting secondary characters to add depth to the story. My only regret – I downloaded this book prior to Christmas but didn’t actually manage to get it read until the New Year! However, I can definitely see myself re-reading this prior to next Christmas, sitting next to an enormous Christmas tree (just like Faith’s) and over-indulging in chocolates. A great festive – or any time for that matter – read! It is always great to find a new author and I have downloaded a further two Kathryn Freeman books this week. Happy reading!
The absolute best Christmas book I have read this year! I can’t say enough good things about this book! I truly hated to see it end! A MUST read for the holiday season!
I’ve enjoyed all Kathryn’s novels and this was no exception. What a great book. It was a lovely easy read. The characters were well crafted and totally believable. I cared about them all and I was with them every step of the way. There were touches of humour throughout. I couldn’t put this book down and am so glad I didn’t. The ending was lovely.
I’m a great fan of Kathryn Freeman so it was a real treat to learn she had written a book for the festive season. A Little Christmas Faith is set in a boutique hotel in the Lake District. Faith Watkins has realised a dream; to own and run her own hotel. The Old Mill is newly opened and it’s ten days before Christmas. Besides her parents (who have booked in for a few days to show their support) at the moment she is expecting only one other guest.
Adam Hunter hates Christmas. He shuns gatherings and detests trees and tinsel. For him it’s all about taking himself out of circulation until it’s all over. Christmas brings back memories of a time which changed his life forever; memories over the last three years he has tried unsuccessfully to bury. However little does he realise his stay at the Old Mill is about to change his world completely.
Kathryn has written a wonderful love story. I took to Faith and Adam straight away. Faith practical, tough and compassionate and attractive, sexy six foot four Adam, whose sad history made you want to wrap your arms around him. But what makes the book even more entertaining are the support characters – Nip and Tuck Faith’s mischievous Cavachons, Chloe her teenage niece, her close knit family – Mum, Dad and sisters Hope and Charity. And once the snow begins to fall and unexpected guests arrive things get even more entertaining. A definite read for all those who love a festive feel good romance.
Wonderful story, with leading characters that you root for. The setting is a small boutique hotel opening for its first Christmas and owned by Faith. How does she deal with a handsome guest who has a lot of issues of his own, combined with a hormonal teenage niece, her parents, two dogs and other guests. Heart warming, emotional but with humour. Thoroughly enjoyed it!
What a lovely story! I liked it from the first page and I wanted to keep on reading and reading because I wanted to know what was going on with Adam. Unfortunately one does have to do something else during the day. LOL. It was an easy read, fluently written. A feelgood story but a bit different than most feelgood stories. It was not the like boy meets girl, girl likes boy, boy likes girl but they don’t admit it and it takes ages before their first kiss. Here this part was smoother and therefore a lot less annoying.
I do not like christmas at all, but this book could certainly capture my attention. If you are already thinking about decorating your tree, this might be the story for you.