Elderly widow Sabine knows this will be her last Christmas in her beloved home, Mitras Castle. Determined to make it just like the ones she remembers from her childhood, she employs Dido Jones of Heavenly Houseparties to help with the big day.
Dido is enchanted by the castle as soon as she steps through the imposing front door. And as Christmas day approaches, her feeling of connection to the old house runs deeper than she first thought. But when the snow begins to fall and Sabine’s family arrive at the house – including Dido’s teenage crush Xan – tensions rise around the castle’s future and long-buried mysteries begin to unravel…
As past secrets come to light, can this still be a magical Christmas to remember?
Sabine decides to host one last Christmas party with her family and friends at her home Mitras Castle so she can decide who to leave her beloved castle to or if it will be left to the National Trust. Dido runs Heavenly House Parties and when her Christmas booking falls through she is approached by Sabine to organise the house party at Mitras Castle but to also run the household the month leading up to Christmas. As soon as Dido arrives she tries to make Christmas at Mitras Castle the best it has ever been and is also reunited with her childhood crush Xan. Although Sabine has specifically asked for Dido she doesn’t appear to warm to Dido and Dido has no idea why. Will Dido find out the reason before the end of Christmas? Who will Sabine leave Mitras Castle to?
This was a warm and cosy read. I read this on a dull rainy September day and as soon as I started to read I was transported to Christmas at Mitras castle. The description of Mitras Castle was so detailed and welcoming that I wished I was there. The storyline was intriguing especially when more secrets started to be revealed as the story unfolded. The characters were also very well written. Sabine initially appears quite cold but as we learn more about her past she starts to thaw and glimpses into her past do explain why she acts the way she does. As a character Dido is likeable and sweet. Dido’s interactions with Xan were just adorable and it is clear that Dido’s childhood crush is still very strong. As for the food references, it was full of comfort food and made me feel ready for Christmas.
Definitely a book that will fill you full of Christmas cheer any time of year!
TRISHA ASHLEY’s Sunday Times bestselling novels have sold over one million copies in the UK and have twice been shortlisted for the Melissa Nathan award for Romantic Comedy. Every Woman for Herself was nominated by magazine readers as one of the top three romantic novels in the last fifty years. Trisha lives in North Wales.
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