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- Print Length: 93 pages
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B016YB99KK
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- Average Customer Review: 82 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,115 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Merry Mistletoe: Kindle Single (Tales From Appleyard Book 1) Kindle Edition
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According to my Kindle, this book would take about 1.5 hours to read. For a short(ish) story, it was perfectly paced and didn’t feel rushed at all.
Freya has had a difficult year. This will be the first Christmas without her beloved father and money is tight, so tight in fact that she has to contemplate selling her much loved family home, Appleyard Farm. It’s just a shame that the only people interested are her neighbours, the Henderson brothers. From the animosity shown by Freya, it is clear that there is history between them and all becomes clear as the book continues. Her live in boyfriend, Gareth, is no help at all, he just wants to sell and get his hands on the money and has no thought for Freya’s feelings.
There are some lovely characters here. Firstly, there is Freya. She can be stubborn and sometimes frustrating, but I was rooting for her all the way and hoping that everything would turn out right for her. The Henderson brothers were chalk and cheese. Then there is Amos; what to say about Amos. He seems almost a magical ‘fairy godfather’ character. He is of no fixed abode, he prefers to sleep on the floor, and arrives at Freya’s door to help with the many tasks that need to be done to keep the Farm going, especially at Mistletoe gathering time. I was never quite sure how old he was, but he was such a wonderful wise and kindly creation, gently manoeuvring people into situations for their own good – I think we all need an Amos in our lives from time to time!
The story begins 29 before Christmas and we first meet Freya when she is taking her mistletoe to sell at a fair, continuing a long held family tradition, although this may be her last ever mistletoe sale. Freya knows that the money will run out soon and the sale of the farm has become a necessity – if only it wasn’t to the Hendersons.
Emma Davies’ writing has a natural and easy flow and the characters (and even the not so nice ones) will engage you straight away. If you want a heart-warming and festive read to curl up with on a cold afternoon then I can recommend this one. I bought Emma’s first novel, Letting in Light ages ago and its been languishing on my Kindle, all my good intentions of getting to it have been foiled but after enjoying this, I shall make an bigger effort to get to it sooner rather than later.
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