ARC Review: A Special Cornish Christmas by Phillipa Ashley


This Christmas everything is about to change…

When Bo Grayson and her friends meet a mysterious fortune teller, she gives each woman the same prediction: You will meet the love of your life by Christmas Day.

But Bo quickly dismisses this as nonsense. And with the festive season in full swing, she has plenty to keep her busy: creating the seasonal menu for her Boatyard Café, getting her rock and roll dance group ready for their Christmas show – and avoiding thinking about last December, when her fortune took a turn for the worse…

Besides, she definitely isn’t ready to open her heart again. But will fate – and perhaps a sprinkle of Christmas magic – change her mind?


This is a delightful story set against the beautiful setting of Cornwall in the coastal village of Falford.  The setting is wonderful and I enjoyed the descriptions of the area and the scenes in Bo’s café, the food descriptions were mouth watering. There is a rock and roll theme running throughout the book with dancing and music from around this time period.  The costumes are beautifully described and I liked the sewing and dressmaking elements brought in by Angel’s character.

The main characters Bo and Ran have a lot of emotional baggage and this took quite a large part of the book to sort out.  As a result the romance was painfully slow burn, I was willing for something ground-breaking to happen for the majority of the book.  A slightly disappointing romance which lacked intensity and passion and it was all a little bit too sweet and gentle for my liking.  However the characters made up for this, there is a lovely cast of people who are warm and likeable.  I liked the strong female bonds and the interactions and friendships of the villagers, which created a strong sense of community spirit.  

A Special Cornish Christmas is a lovely heartwarming read and although I found it a little slow and predictable, and even a tad corny in parts, you can’t help but become drawn into this heartwarming and cosy Christmas read with a sprinkling of romance.  It will lift your spirits and make you yearn for the atmosphere of the festive period, it’s the perfect Christmas escape.  

Publisher: Avon
Publication Date (UK):  11 November 2021
Format:  Paperback 
Page Count: 400
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating:  ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thank you to the publisher for the gifted advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

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