House of Christmas Secrets by Lynda Stacey

29th December 2017

What the publisher says:

This year we’re just going to have a nice, normal Christmas… 
Last year’s Christmas at Wrea Head Hall didn’t quite go to plan which is why Jess Croft is determined this festive season will be the one to remember, for the right reasons. And she has plenty of reasons to be hopeful, she’s going to marry the man of her dreams, Jack Stone, seven days after New Year’s Eve.

However, as family secrets are revealed in hidden letters and two unexpected guests turn up on the doorstep, Jess is left wondering whether her life will ever be the same again.

Can Jess and Jack still experience a peaceful festive season that they had imagined or are there some problems that even Christmas can’t fix?

What I say:

We join Jess as she is preparing for Christmas and the New Year while looking back at the events of the previous year.  The author explains to us what happened without repeating the entire book, always a sign for me of a good writer and an enjoyable story to come.

This isn’t your usual light hearted Christmas read.  The action takes place at Christmas but this is secondary to the drama as letters reveal long hidden family secrets, unknown family members are found and the relationships between the main characters strengthen and deepen.

The characters are strong and well rounded and we learn enough about their past to care about what happens to them during the course of the book.   There is so much going on that this is actually a hard review to write without giving away the story!

Read this one. You won’t be disappointed


Rating 5 out of 5


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