Christmas in Little Penhaven
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Christmas in Little Penhaven

Published Date: November 26, 2019

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224 pages


Have yourself a little Cornish Christmas …

Wannabe author Jane Solomon is expecting an uneventful Christmas in her Cornish village of Little Penhaven.
But then super fit American gym owner Hal Muir comes to town, and suddenly the holiday season looks set to be far more interesting. Hal is keen on embracing every British tradition on offer, from mince pies to Christmas pub quizzes – and perhaps some festive romance too …

Christmas in Little Penhaven follows One Summer in Little Penhaven but can be read as a standalone.

Available as an eBook and Audio download on all platforms. Paperback arriving October ’21.

Angela Britnell

Angela_author picture RDAngela was born in St. Stephen, Cornwall, England. After completing her A-Levels she worked as a Naval Secretary. She met her husband, a US Naval Flight Officer while being based at a small NATO Headquarters on the Jutland Peninsula in Denmark. They lived together in Denmark, Sicily, California, southern Maryland and London before settling in Franklin, Tennessee.

Angela took a creative writing course in 2000 and loved it so much that she has barely put her pen down since. She has had short stories and novels published in the US. Her novel Sugar & Spice, won Choc Lit’s Search for an American Star competition and was her UK debut.

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Customer Reviews


  1. Vanessa
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    What a lovely, Christmassy, romantic story. Full of the twinkle and sparkle of the season, we see Little Penhaven and its denizens in festive mode and enjoy the growing spark between Jane and Hal, while watching an American take on Cornish Christmas traditions. There are plenty of side plots to keep us interested and turning the pages, including long lost dads, imminent babies and writing competitions, so it’s really one to cosy up with when you need something heartwarming on a gloomy December day.

  2. Barbara p
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    This book kept me out of mischief for several hours! It is a good yarn and the characters are very believable. Jane has had a slightly difficult life being the strongest in her family. Hal lands in her village running from his life in America. I loved the way that Hal’s story is gradually revealed and the interaction between him and Jane is very well described. I also loved the way the various individuals in the village were brought to life and became integral players in the story. Enjoy!

  3. Yvonne Greene
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    Sweet story with not your usual lead characters. Jane is a 35 year old wannabe author stuck in a loveless mundane life. Then she meets the gorgeous American Hal, who has secrets of his own. What could they possibly have in common? Set in a small Cornwall village. A warm cosy read.

  4. Gill L.
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    I have enjoyed all of Ms Britnell’s books that I have read so far and this is no exception. I did intend to save it as a treat for sometime I felt I needed one, but temptation proved too great (like chocolate) and I read it straight away, almost all at once. It was a true pleasure to visit Little Penhaven again, and find out what is happening with other inhabitants we had met before, (although it can easily stand alone) and Jane’s story proved to have its own charm. It is a lovely traditional heart warming romance, with believably real characters, a dash of tasteful spice, and a good conclusion. I have no hesitation in giving 5 stars, and I’m looking forward to the next book!

  5. Ruth
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    The long awaited for and latest in the Little Penhaven series.

    Set in Cornwall, for once not in summer sunshine, this takes place in the build up to Christmas.

    After a high profile tragedy that brought him into an unwelcome public spotlight, Hal avoids his parent’s sympathy by travelling to England to stay with his cousin Sam and her husband Cadan. His excuse is that he wants to write a book and Cornwall will give him the peace and quiet he needs. Except there is no book, he’s escaping.

    Hal meets Sam and Cadan’s friends and quickly becomes immersed in the pre-Christmas plans of the village, vastly different from California. Once he’s introduced to Jane, another hopeful author, he realises his lie might ruin any possible romantic relationship they could have.

    Angela Britnell has written another delightful story of life and loves in a small Cornish village.

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