Top positive review
ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT
8 November 2017
Wow. I'm not even sure that words can describe how much I absolutely loved this follow-on novella! It had everything I love reading about at Christmas; gingerbread, decorations, hot chocolates, Christmas carols and so, so much more! The story follows on from Cressida's previous works: The Canal Boat Cafe, but I think this could easily be read as a standalone as Cressida covers everything that took place in the book beforehand.
First of all, I was so excited when I heard there was even going to be another story on Mason and Summer, and secondly, just take a look at that cover! It's sooo pretty! I absolutely adore the bold colours used, the poinsettia in the bottom left, the robin, the wreath, even the way the Canal Boat Cafe sign is hanging and the snow surrounding it is so pleasing to the eye. Just beautiful!
Now, onto the story itself, it's available to buy now (part one is out now- part two is out in December - which I cannot wait for!!) and I would 100% urge you to give it a read. It's hard to put down, but so easy to read. With a festive feel throughout the novella. The cakes and macarons that they bake just sound delicious, and the hot chocolate will have your mouth watering.
The story follows Summer and boyfriend Mason as they embark on a journey to Little Venice in London to take part in a Canal Boat Christmas Fair (doesn't that just sound so exciting!?). This book actually made me really, really want to visit Little Venice and I was soon looking up how to get there and was telling my boyfriend that we're definitely going sometime soon! Anywho, I loved the whole novella. The parts before the Christmas Fair, the travelling to Little Venice, and of course the twist at the end of the book! Which I didn't see coming at all! But I'm so eager to read the next one to find out what happens now!
Overall, a fantastically festive Christmas novel which I thoroughly enjoyed. If I could give this more than 5 stars I would. I cannot wait for the next one!! Cressida McLaughlin does it again!