Christmas at the Little Beach Cafe by Morton S Gray
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Christmas at the Little Beach Cafe

Published Date: November 17, 2020

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149 pages


Run away to the little beach café this Christmas …

Five years ago at Christmas, solicitor Justin Sadler made the decision to leave his comfortable existence behind and move to the coast. Since then, he’s tried his best to ignore the festive season and, as he sits in the little beach café and reflects on that fateful night when his life was turned upside down, he expects his fifth Christmas alone to be no different to any of the others since he made his escape.

But when he encounters a mystery woman on the beach, he soon realises he may have found a fellow runaway and kindred spirit. Could Justin finally be ready to move on and let Christmas into his life again?

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Morton S. Gray

Morton S Gray

Morton S. Gray lives with her husband, sons and Lily, the tiny dog, in Worcestershire, U.K.

She has been reading and writing fiction for as long as she can remember, penning her first attempt at a novel aged fourteen, the plot of which closely resembled an Errol Flynn film.

Life got in the way of writing for many years, until she won a short story competition and the spark for writing was well and truly reignited. She carries a notebook everywhere as inspiration strikes in the most unlikely places.

She studied creative writing with the Open College of the Arts and joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association New Writers’ Scheme in 2012.

Previous ‘incarnations’ were in committee services, staff development and training. Morton has a Business Studies degree and is a fully qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist and Reiki Master. She has diplomas in Tuina Acupressure Massage and Energy Field Therapy.

She enjoys history, loves tracing family trees and discovering new crafts. Having a hunger for learning is a bonus for the research required for her books.

The Girl on the Beach was her debut novel with Choc Lit and winner of the 2016 Search for a Star competition.

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Customer Reviews


  1. Anne
    Anne at

    I think Morton Gray’s Borteen Bay series of books a treat at any time of the year. But in Christmas at the Little Beach Cafe Morton manages to weave a mystery/crime element into the romance, which makes for a really exciting page turner. Thank you, Morton, for another lovely read with beautifully developed characters and story, I was sorry to get to the end of it.

  2. Barbara p
    Barbara p at

    This is a really gorgeous romance with an added crime to add spice to this Christmas dish. The hero, Justin, is a real smoothy, the sort of guy every girl needs. Silvie, the heroine, is an author facing problems after her mother’s death. Justin comes to her aid and its goes from there. I loved the way the story ran along and was rooting for Silvie from the start. Between them there is a major difference regards Christmas and by the end they are agreed. A great book to read anytime but especially in the lead up to this Christmas.

  3. Debbie Southwell
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    It was lovely to revisit Borteen as this book is part of a series about the fictional town however you don’t have to read them in any particular order as they can be read as standalone books.
    Justin has made his home in Borteen following a messy split from his wife and due to the fact this happened around Christmas he dislikes it immensely.
    Unexpectedly he meets Silvie one day but Silvie is being threatened following the death of her Mother who has entrusted something to Silvie which is causing concern for another family member.
    Silvie needs Justin to help her but in return she is determined to ensure Justin enjoys Christmas again.
    I could imagine myself near the beach at Christmas time singing carols around the tree with the citizens of Borteen.
    If you are looking for a wonderful Christmas read with a mixture of intrigue this book is for you.

  4. Yvonne Greene
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    Lovely Christmas read set in a quaint seaside location. Justin is trying to escape his past and start a new life by the sea. Can Sylvia help him to overcome his dislike of Christmas but what is she running away from? Can two lost souls help each other to heal? Beautifully written.

  5. Vanessa
    Vanessa at

    For all you bah humbugs ready to be turned into Christmas pixies, here is a Winter’s tale of suspense and danger, mixed with a seaside town’s preparations for the festive season. There is drama, peril and a knight in shining armour whose rescue mission starts with a runaway red hat. What more could you want?

  6. Gill L.
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    Another trip to Borteen with Ms Gray, so I rubbed my hands, settled in to enjoy and I wasn’t disappointed. This is a very pleasant shorter story – easily read in one sitting for me – with some interesting characters, hidden secrets etc. It is a heartwarming read, with a HEA – just right to set us up for an escapist Christmas in a world gone mad. I can heartily recommend it.

  7. Ruth
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    On the east coast of England there is a fictional town of Borteen where life is slower and everyone knows everyone. This is where Justin Sadler has made his home and is now the local solicitor. Because of painful memories from a past Christmas, Justin withdraws from Christmas celebrations.

    A festive mix of mystery and romance.

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